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An Activities Report from UNESCO MGIEP

What We’ve Been Up To At UNESCO MGIEP

Learning Labs workshop: Ten students, five countries, three days!

12-14 July, 2017, India Habitat Centre, New Delhi

UNESCO MGIEP launched its Transformative Learning Labs programme that connects students from varied social, economic and cultural contexts and helps them engage in dialogue with school children from across the globe. Phase II of the Transformative Learning Labs programme concluded in a three-day long workshop organised from 12-14 July, 2017 at India Habitat Centre, New Delhi. Students and teachers from United States, Malaysia, India, Norway and South Africa participated in the workshop and came together to share their experiences and learnings from the programme. The workshop started with an inaugural address by Dr. Anantha Kumar Duraiappah, Director UNESCO MGIEP, during which he highlighted the importance of ‘dialogue’ and ‘constructive engagement’ amongst young people for mutual understanding and collaboration. The address was followed by ice breaking exercises and experience sharing by the students and teachers, during which the participants discussed how ‘sharing different perspective enhanced their understanding of multiple identities and their ability to accommodate differing opinions’.



Capacity-Building Workshop for Educators on Preventing Violent Extremism through Education

29-31 August, 2017, New Delhi, India

UNESCO MGIEP organised a three–day capacity building workshop for educators on the theme of preventing violent extremism through education from 29-31 August, 2017 in New Delhi. This was a follow-up activity to the International Conference on the Prevention of Violent Extremism (PVE) through Education: Taking Action organised jointly in September 2016 by UNESCO MGIEP and UNESCO Headquarters in New Delhi. This year’s workshop was attended by 35 educators and policymakers from ten countries, namely; Australia, Bangladesh, Cameroon, Columbia, Finland, India, Kenya, Malaysia, Sri Lanka and Zambia. The workshop employed a transdisciplinary approach to education for PVE by integrating neuroscience, contemplative science and critical pedagogy to create a unique learning experience aimed specifically at building competencies for critical inquiry, mindfulness, empathy and compassion. The objective was to train and empower educators in applying these innovative and evidence-based pedagogies to address violent extremism through education in their classrooms.



Youth and senior decision makers embrace UNESCO MGIEP’s iTAGe modality to engage in honest dialogue on role of education in sustainable development

22 July, 2017, Brombachtal, Germany

At the iTAGeAYUDH, organised by AYUDH Europe at its annual summit in Germany, participants examined the critical contribution of education systems and their implications at the individual, societal and policy level. iTAGeAYUDH, was the culmination of what had been a week of intense reflection on issues related to education, mindfulness, citizenship, sustainability and peace for the 250 youth activists who had come from across Europe to participate at the 13th European Youth Summit. In the four weeks leading up to #iTAGeAYUDH, the summit participants took part in an intense online dialogue via AYUDH Europe’s social media platforms. These discussions were moderated and summarised by AYUDH team members. Equipped with the outcomes from the online global dialogue, the participants further discussed these questions in working groups, facilitated by international experts.



YESPeace Pakistan organises a youth workshop (Islamabad)

29 July – 1 August, 2017, Islamabad, Pakistan

YESPeace Pakistan’s partner, HIVE, organised a three-day youth workshop in Islamabad.  A total of thirty-one students and young professional (thirteen girls and eighteen boys) from eleven different cities of Pakistan (Gujranwala, Okara, Karachi, Lahore, Faisalabad, Islamabad, Kasur, Swat, Quetta, Gilgit Baltistan and Peshawar) participated in this workshop. The workshop was conducted in collaboration with the Dil Say Pakistan Campaign. The training included different sessions on capacity building, leadership skills, team building, peace messaging, counter-violent extremism, interfaith harmony, bashing stereotypes, critical thinking, and interpersonal skills.



YESPeace Pakistan organises the Tamasha workshop in Lahore

July 31 – 5 August, 2017, Lahore, Pakistan

YESPeace Pakistan’s partner The Little Art organised the Tamasha YESPeace Workshop in Lahore. More than 32 young adults, aged between 16 and 25, participated in the workshop including 5 participants from Quetta, 1from Islamabad, 1 from Sheikhupura, 1 from Taxila and 24 from Lahore. The workshop assisted in development of the participants’ skills to understand, analyse, facilitate and lead conflict resolution activities, while engaging audiences in their home communities for dialogue on key issues. The aim was to discuss peace, conflict resolution, gender equality, cross-cultural understanding and diversity using the power of theatre and performing arts, the core strength of the YESPeace Pakistan Partner, The Little Art. This workshop was the first of a series of six workshops being organised by the YESPeace Pakistan partners (i.e The Little Art, College of Youth Activism and Development (CYAAD) and Pakistan Youth Alliance (PYA)) in various cities and towns of Pakistan.



YESPeace Pakistan partners co-lead youth workshop

21 – 23 August, 2017, Lahore, Pakistan

YESPeace Pakistan’s partners, The Little Art (TLA), College of Youth Activism and Development (CYAAD) and HIVE organised a three day Youth workshop in Lahore. The workshop was an advanced stage of the Tamasha YESPeace workshops, wherein TLA invited other YESPeace partners for training.

More than 25 young people from all parts of Pakistan participated in this event. The workshop included individual sessions by YESPeace partners. Syed Ali Abbas and Umair from the HIVE team facilitated sessions on civic imagination with young people, while Inayat and Jan Muhammad from CYAAD led intensive sessions on conflict resolution and issues such as identity.



Youth Round Table with UN Youth Envoy on Youth and SDGs

16 August, 2017, UNESCO MGIEP, New Delhi, India

As part of the International Youth Day celebrations, the YESPeace Network hosted a round table with the UN Youth Envoy, Ms. Jayathma Wickramanayake along with youth and youth organisations on the SDGs in India. The purpose of the interactive session was to provide a platform to youth organisations and young people to share their perspectives, concerns and details of their work in India with the UN Youth Envoy. The lively and thought-provoking discussion provided a bottoms up perspective on the real issues facing young people in India and gave them an opportunity to share their expectations of the United Nations. Partners of the YESPeace Network-India Chapter including STEPS, Pravah and CYC were also present as a part of discussion session. Along with them representatives from Breakthrough, YP Foundation and Tata Institute of Social Sciences as well as UN Women also joined the round table discussion.



Education is about human rights and dignity:  The Director-General of UNESCO at MGIEP’S  YOUTH TOWNHALL

31 August, 2017, UNESCO New Delhi office, New Delhi, India

UNESCO MGIEP organised a YOUTH TOWNHALL on Harnessing the Indian Youth Demographic Bulge for a True Dividend: Vision to action for the 21st Century 2017 at the UNESCO corporate office in New Delhi, India. The Youth for Education, Sustainability and Peace (YESPeace) Network, a collaborative effort led by UNESCO MGIEP spearheaded this Youth TownHall by providing a platform to the youth to discuss key issues concerning their future with senior policy makers. The Youth TownHall was addressed by Ms. Irina Bokova, Director General, UNESCO and Dr. Karan Singh, Chair, UNESCO MGIEP and moderated by Mr Abhishek Mazumdar, Founder, The Logical Indian. The main focus of this TownHall was on how education systems can play a key role in empowering young people to address the challenges of the 21st century and how the voices of the young can be mainstreamed into policymaking.



Training of Youth in “Global Citizenship and Interfaith Peace Building: An exploration of Interfaith Harmony through films”

8 – 21 September, 2017, Delhi Metropolitan Education, Noida and Amaltas Hall, India Habitat Centre

STEP Trust, in partnership with the YESPeace Network, organised a three-day training for youth on ‘Global Citizenship Education and Interfaith Peace Building – An exploration of Interfaith Harmony Though faith’ at the Delhi Metropolitan Education Institute in Noida. In this programme, through the medium of filmmaking, thirty-four youths from different backgrounds were encouraged to relook at the idea of religion through an exploration of what faith means to each of us, and how it functions at each of the three levels – personal, cultural and social. Upon conclusion of the training, the participants made films on the theme of interfaith harmony, which were screened at the inaugural event of STEP’s annual peace festival to celebrate the International Day of Peace on the 21st of September 2017, at the India Habitat Centre in New Delhi. The training sought to enable the young participants to become critically aware citizens as they learn to cut through stereotypes and prejudices.



“There is no peace without development and there is no development without peace” Ms. Tawakkol Karman’s Ahinsa lecture

2 October, 2017, UNESCO Headquarters, France

In order to commemorate the International Day of Non-Violence, 2017 on October 2, which coincides with Mahatma Gandhi’s birthday, the UNESCO MGIEP and the Permanent Delegation of the Republic of India to UNESCO organised the second Ahinsa Lecture by Ms Tawakkol Karman, recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize in 2011. The theme of the lecture was: ‘Working Towards Peace Building and Sustainable Development.’ The second Ahinsa lecture commenced with introductory remarks by the Director-General, UNESCO, Ms Irina BOKOVA; the Deputy Chief of Mission, Embassy of India, Mr Manish PRABHAT and Dr Anantha DURAIAPPAH, Director, UNESCO MGIEP. Ms Bokova, in her introductory remarks highlighted how ‘Mahatma Gandhi’s vision of peace and development nowadays has never been so relevant’ and how ‘his wisdom and vision deeply resonate with UNESCO’s mandate and Constitution’. In her talk, Ms. Karman, expressed that in order to achieve peace and sustainable development, strong institutions would be required at the local and international level, supported by the UN.



YESPeace Peer Educator Workshop

9 and 11 October, 2017, Cape Town, South Africa

On the 9th and 11th October, ACTIVATE! Change Drivers and Africa Unite; both affiliates of the YESPeace Network collaborated to host a peer educator workshop in Cape Town, South Africa. The workshop essentially sought to equip peer educators with knowledge and skills quintessential for the effective delivery of content aimed at promoting quality education on gender and human rights to create interconnected, peaceful and sustainable communities across South Africa. 9 peer educators (3 Male and 6 Females) from various organisations working within the gender justice sector participated in the workshop.



Developing Synergy for Change YESPeace Africa holds a workshop in Kenya

14 October, 2017, Nairobi, Kenya

Fifty-five youth from different counties in Kenya convened on October 14 in Nairobi to voice their educative approaches to ethnic polarisation that is majorly faced by 44 tribes in Kenya. The participants, who were selected based on the relevance of their work to Sustainable Development Goal 4, Target 7 were representatives of various youth groups, community organisations and social organisations, whose primary focus is to better their communities. The outcomes of the event at Nairobi were a result of the efforts by Change Mind Change Future, a YESPeace Africa Partner and UNESCO MGIEP. The participants in these groups attended a follow up incubation programme from November 13 to November 17, 2017 at Africa Youth for SDGs Innovation Lab in Nairobi and thereafter, launched the projects, which are projected to benefit 300 people.



UNESCO MGIEP organises its first Futures’ Workshop

9-10 October, 2017, IIEP, Paris, France

As countries march forward to achieve the SDG 4, which ensures inclusive and quality education for all, we must stand back and ask ourselves if the present system is adequate. Is there a need for a critical rethinking of education? To undertake such an inquiry, UNESCO MGIEP designed the Futures Workshop Series, entitled ‘Transforming Education for Humanity: The Future of Learning’. The first Futures’ workshop to discuss and debate the design and structure of education for the future was organised on 9-10th of October 2017 at the UNESCO International Institute for Educational Planning (IIEP) in Paris. The primary objective of this workshop was to identify some of the key challenges that the global contemporary society will face in the 21st century and beyond and to provide some suggestions on what future education systems will look like to address these challenges.



YESPeace Network leads initiative to empower youth to build a peaceful and interconnected South African society

28 October, 2017, Cape Town, South Africa

On the 28th October 2017, ACTIVATE! Change Drivers and Africa Unite collaborated to host the SDG 4.7 Interconnectedness, Gender and Human Rights: Youth Training Workshop in Cape Town, South Africa.  The workshop was coordinated with the generous support of the YESPeace Network. The facilitator of the workshop, Lezerine Mashaba, described the initiative as “a platform for shared learning on how communities can be empowered to contribute towards building peace and creating interconnectedness”. 26 youth leaders from various organisations including ACTIVATE! Change Drivers, Africa Unite, the International Peace Youth Group, Amy Foundation, ARCOSA, Mjoli Connect and the Khayelitsha Peace Building Team participated in the workshop.



Rethinking Schooling for the 21st Century: The State  of Education for Peace, Sustainable Development  and Global Citizenship in Asia

UNESCO Headquarters, Paris, France

UNESCO MGIEP launched a report at the 39th session of the General Conference titled ‘Rethinking schooling for the 21st century’. Building on the content analysis of 172 official documents in 18 languages based on a common coding scheme and extensive literature review on Asian schooling, this report seeks to assess how far the aims and values encapsulated in SDG 4.7 have been incorporated into the educational policies and officially-mandated curricula of 22 Asian countries. By analysing current policies, curricular frameworks, subject syllabi and textbooks, it aims to create a baseline against which further progress towards SDG 4.7 can be monitored. At the same time, it sets out to change the way we talk about and act upon SDG 4.7, and argues that a broader vision of education’s nature and social role is essential to our chances of achieving a peaceful and sustainable future for Asia and the world.



UNESCO MGIEP launches #YouthWagingPeace:  A Youth-led guide on Prevention of Violent Extremism through Education (PVE-E) at the 39th UNESCO General Conference

3 November 2017, Paris, France

UNESCO MGIEP launched the #YouthWagingPeace: A Youth-led guide on Prevention of Violent Extremism through Education (PVE-E) during an intersectoral event on Prevention of Violent Extremism (PVE) held under the auspices of the 39th UNESCO General Conference on the 3rd November, 2017. The #YouthWagingPeace: A Youth-led guide on PVE-E has been developed by young individuals who work within the area  of Violent Extremism (VE), have been affected by VE or  are former-extremists. The guide is a representation of the need to engage young individuals who are facing the on-ground, day-to-day struggles relating to VE and the various factors that lead towards extremism.



YESPeace Africa hosts National Youth Assembly

3-4 November, 2017, Institute for Accountancy University, Arusha, Tanzania

In the month of November 2017, the Vijana Assembly and UNESCO MGIEP’s YESPeace Network successfully hosted the Tanzania National Youth Assembly in Arusha, Tanzania at the Institute for Accountancy University. A total of 652 delegates (52% female; 48% male), aged between 15 and 30 attended the Youth Assembly from different parts of Tanzania, Kenya, South Africa and Burundi. The event was conceptualised with the aim of creating a platform for youth practitioners to share best practices on how peace and sustainability can be promoted through education within different spaces. The facilitation team from Kenya and Tanzania held a panel discussion  and hosted educational talks on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and discussed  the impact of the SDGs in our society. Additionally, a highly engaging and interactive discussion was held around defining the objectives of a National Youth Council.  A discussion and debate was also held on the possibility  of forming a National Youth Council within Tanzania.



Unbox: Breaking Stereotypes – YESPeace India Chapter Workshop

14 – 16 November, 2017, YWCA International Guest House Conference Hall, New Delhi, India

UNESCO MGIEP’s YESPeace Network in India organised a three-day training workshop for youth on Breaking Stereotypes from the 14th to the 16th, November 2017 at the YWCA International Guest House in New Delhi. The capacity building workshop brought together 35 youths from diverse backgrounds around India and trained young people to identify and understand the extent of stereotypes they hold about others and themselves. The participants did this through an exploration of identity, labels and prejudices, and how these influence our ways of thinking and behaving in the particular forms they assume through the course of our intra- and inter-personal interactions.


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