Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Education for Peace and Sustainable Development A joint initiative by UNESCO and the Government of India
UNESCO and the Government of India in a major new partnership The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the Government of India are embarking on a major new partnership to create the Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Education for Peace and Sustainable Development. Through research and capacity-building, the Institute aims to develop and promote new
Minister Kapil Sibal (India) and UNESCO's Director-General, Irina Bokova, at the signature of the agreement establishing the Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Education for Peace and Sustainable Development, July 2012.
approaches to education, empowering learners to transform their lives and build a more peaceful and sustainable world. Based in New Delhi, this will be the first UNESCO specialized education Institute in India, and the first in the Asia-Pacific region. It is particularly fitting that the Institute is hosted by India, the birthplace of Mahatma Gandhi and a country that has made a significant commitment to education over the past decades.
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Transforming education for tomorrow’s world
The Mahatma Gandhi Institute has been created based on the fundamental conviction that education can help provide the answers to some of the greatest challenges of the 21st century, from poverty, conflict and deepening inequality to threats related to climate change and environmental degradation. Today’s challenges are global in nature and require global solutions. As the international community looks towards a new sustainable development agenda, it is increasingly recognized that education can play a decisive role in fostering a sense of shared responsibility and in bringing about fundamental changes in how we coexist with each other and our planet. Education is essential to bringing shared values to life and to gaining the skills required in the new millennium: how to coexist peacefully, live sustainably, work collaboratively, think critically and develop creative solutions. Yet these principles and skills are not given nearly enough priority in teaching and learning today. We need a profound transformation in how we learn and what we learn for. The Mahatma Gandhi Institute aims to help governments transform education systems, drawing on UNESCO’s experience and inspired by Mahatma Gandhi’s legacy.
A centre for excellence in education
The core business of the Mahatma Gandhi Institute will lie in research and capacity-development, supporting education reform and innovation in education for peace and sustainable development particularly throughout the Asia-Pacific region. An expert Advisory Body has been appointed to provide guidance on initial strategic priorities for the Institute. Chaired by the distinguished Indian diplomat, Lalit Mansingh, and comprising leading international educationalists, the Advisory Body will work with the Director of the Institute to develop a programme of activities in the following domains: Expanding the knowledge base: the Institute will collect information on good practice in education for peace and sustainable development, showcasing what works and why, and providing guidance on how successful programmes can be scaled up or replicated in other countries. Providing technical advice: working closely with UNESCO’s offices in the region, the Institute will support governments in reorienting their education systems to better promote peace and sustainable development, helping to identify gaps and develop appropriate policy responses. Building networks and partnerships: by connecting national and regional experts and institutions, and harnessing UNESCO’s dynamic networks of University Chairs, Associated Schools and National Commissions, the Institute will forge a...
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