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Repositioning and reconceptualizing the curriculum for the effective realization of Sustainable Development Goal Four, for holistic development and sustainable ways of living
Place of publication | Year of publication | Collation: 
| 2015 | 23p
Corporate author: 
UNESCO International Bureau of Education (IBE)

The purpose of this discussion paper is two-fold, it is to reposition curriculum at the center of the national and the global development dialogue and to highlight its power to give effect to national and to global aspirational statements on the role of education in holistic development. When well designed and effectively enacted, curriculum determines the quality, inclusiveness and development-relevance of education.

Second, is to reconceptualize curriculum as a fundamental force of integration of education systems and as an operational tool for giving effect to policies on lifelong learning. Curriculum leads all core aspects of education that are known to determine quality, inclusion, and relevance such as content, learning, teaching, assessment and the teaching and learning environments among others. Its horizontal and vertical articulation, as well as its articulation across learning settings is what gives effect to lifelong learning policies.

This paper therefore seeks to reposition curriculum as an indispensable tool for giving effect to SDG Goal 4.

Resource Type: 
Policy and strategy materials
Civic / Citizenship / Democracy
Cultural literacy / Intercultural / Cross-cultural / Multi-cultural
Human rights / Human dignity
International understanding / Globalisation / International education / Interdependency
Peace / Culture of peace
Social justice / Equity
Sustainable development / Sustainability / Environmental
Transformative initiatives / Transformative pedagogies


education and development; lifelong education; sustainable development; curriculum; educational quality