Sustainability Starts with Teachers (SST), is a capacity building programme for teacher educators on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD). On 23 June 2020, South Africa will host the startup workshop. This is the first virtual workshop of the programme.
UNESCO and its partners are working on fostering distance education to ensure learning never stops in the face of the global COVID-19 pandemic. The SST programme will run in 11 countries in Southern Africa over four years. This startup workshop will kick-start the implementation of the programme in South Africa as well as sharing the vision, objectives and expected impact.
With funding from SIDA, SST comes as one of the responses to the major issues pointed out in the Global Education Monitoring Report (2016), that teacher education needs to be more adequately aligned with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and teachers need to be supported to understand and implement Education for Sustainable Development.
The programme aims therefore to strengthen implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in teacher education institutions for teachers and educators from Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE), primary, secondary and Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET). Special focus will be on Sustainable Development Goal 4, which is oriented towards the achievement of education quality within a lifelong learning framework.
About 75 delegates from various teacher education and TV ET institutions across South Africa as well as ESD experts and representatives from government departments are expected to participate.
Key speakers will be from departments of education and environment discussing sustainability challenges in the country in general and ESD as well as SDGs in the school system and Teacher/TVET education curriculum.