Prof. Dr. Kiichi Oyasu
TOKYO HEALTHCARE UNIVERSITY
Senior Programme Specialist Education, UNESCO


Education for Sustainable Development
Role of Community Based Learning

The four policy cases, various countries provide evidence what national and municipal governments can do to facilitate ‘good’ community-based ESD. The policy cases also identify challenges to policy implementation and how these have been overcome. These cases illustrate the importance of multi-stakeholder partnerships in addressing complex issues in sustainable development.
Community-based learning is important for sustainable development and active citizenship. It enables people to take direct, practical action to tackle the challenges of a rapidly changing, increasingly global world. It also helps people gain new knowledge and skills to improve their lives in sustainable ways, for example through eco-friendly farming or by working to address social and economic inequalities. Learning empowers people to make informed decisions that can lead to transformative actions. By developing greater shared ownership of their community’s future, they are able, through learning, to participate in the development of their own communities while also responding to global issues. A community approach to lifelong learning for sustainable development helps people to re-identify, re-evaluate and further develop local and indigenous knowledge, based on still-relevant but frequently neglected traditional wisdom, which communitybased learning can help reclaim.

 

Ms. Punramol Sutthirit
Foreign Relations Officer, Practitioner Level
Planning Division, Office of the Non-Formal
and Informal Education (ONIE)
Ministry of Education, Thailand


Literacy and Non-Formal Education

In the past or in the illiteracy era, all governments had to equip their citizens with literacy so that the government could easily communicate with them and certainly, it would be of great benefit to themselves in terms of self-learning of various things. However, there is still a key question if all citizens are literate, the nation will have truly sustainable development or not. Personally, I do not believe it even I accept that the literacy of citizens is so significant and necessary. Since today the world has three important characteristics as follows: 1) the world is very dynamic, 2) the world is very complex, and 3) the world is interconnected. Literacy, therefore, is not just literacy defined as 3Rs. It is not enough for living happily with success for the 21st Century. Thus, today’s literacy should be redefined as really know, deeply know, roundly know, and thoroughly know or widely know such as technological literacy, health literacy, mass media literacy, advertisement literacy, etc., for further better analytical or critical thinking, which is very crucial for making the right decision to do anything. Furthermore, literacy evaluation must be adjusted or changed to performance-based evaluation to serve the new concept of literacy.
The new concept of literacy I think will help generate sustainable development of every country in society these days.

 

Professor Dr. Cusrow J. Dubash
Chief Academic Officer
Lampro Mellon, PAKISTAN

From Bricks to Clicks:
The Evolution of E – Education

Education has moved from being mere transmission to transaction to transformation. But, have we caught up? For education to be truly transformational we will have to change our practices in education. This keynote will look at our current dilemma and ways to begin to approach fixing it. Teacher quality is key to the reputation of any educational institution. How truly tech savvy are our teachers today? Tech empowered teachers are the mainstay of teaching in the 21st century.

‘From Bricks to Clicks’ is a move away from traditional brick classrooms for learning to a more digital forum that depends on clicks. Some E – learning tools will be explored together with how to narrow the ‘Digital USE Divide’.

The session will end with a look at what employers want from university graduates today and why industry – academia liaison is essential. We must focus on skills to help our students compete at par and work in their real world. That time is NOW. Let’s just do it!

{Dr. C. J. Dubash is the Chief Academic Officer at Lampro Mellon Train-to-Recruit program. Ex-Vice Rector (Intermediate) and Dean Faculty of Education at Forman Christian College (A Chartered University). He holds a Ph.D. degree from the USA in Educational Psychology; two M.Ed. degrees from the USA in Science Education and School Administration respectively; MSc degree from Karachi in Microbiology.}

 

Professor Taj Haider
Member of Senate, Government of Pakistan

RELEVANCE OF CURRICULUM

Formal Education since its inception till now has gone through many transitional phases. Sciences, social sciences and humanities all have been divided and sub divided into disciplines and subject areas to be studied. One major feature of curriculum planning in any time and place is its relevance. Its relevance with the locale and with the larger world. We cannot forgo the local needs at the cost of global trends and vice versa.


{Honored with Sitara e Imtiaz in 2012; Member of Standing Committee for Education, Industry, Production, Energy, and Scientific and Technological research. He has been affiliated with University of Karachi; DJ Science College; Pakistan Academy of Letters; Pakistan Mathematical Society and Pakistan Television (PTV)}