World Education Week: Showcasing Excellence to Promote SDG 4 Globally

Posted: September 6, 2020

In 2015, the United Nations (UN), together with governments from all over the world, adopted the 17 Sustainable Development Goals. It was hoped that this universal call to action would assist societies to develop more equitably so that all people could enjoy peace and prosperity by 2030.

One of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) is Quality Education; goal number 4 and is, therefore, referred to as SDG 4.  The aim of this goal is to ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.  Unfortunately, progress for this goal has been slow.

There are at least 10 years remaining to achieve a more equitable future for our next generation and, therefore, T4, an independent international NGO, and a group of educator ambassadors, led by Vikas Pota, are launching a virtual event: World Education Week.

The event will showcase what we can learn from 100 Schools across the world, to promote a higher and better standard of education for all; further strengthening the efforts to achieve SDG 4.

Global Showcase

T4 World Education Week will be held between 5-9 October, and will facilitate 100 virtual school events which will form a Global Showcase during the week.  The overall theme for World Education Week is ‘Learning Today’ and is aligned with the following themes:

  1. Building programmes to enhance employability, entrepreneurship and life skills
  2. The use of technology
  3. Promoting the science of learning and teaching
  4. Deepening family and community engagement
  5. Focusing on wellbeing

After thousands of applications, internationally, we are proud to announce that Roedean School is one of the 100 schools to be chosen to be showcased, focussing on the theme “Deepening Family and Community Engagement”. The roles of our Social Responsibility and Thinking Skills programmes are blended in this submission, and we will be presenting an online panel discussion on the 6 October, in the afternoon – exact time to follow, as one of 100 showcases.

Executive Head of Roedean, Fiona Rogers, stated, “The global coronavirus pandemic has highlighted both world-wide inequalities and the interdependence of communities. There is an urgent need to develop strong leadership within communities to implement social programmes and to bring greater equity to education; solving these problems will require new ways of thinking, as well as the development of socially conscious dispositions such as deep empathy for others. The World Education Week initiative will bring opportunities to showcase work being done in these fields and we are, therefore, both delighted and honoured to have been chosen to participate in this inaugural event. We hope that our experience within the sub-theme of “Deepening Family and Community Engagement” will inspire others to take action and that we, in turn, will learn from others so that we can enrich our contribution further.”

Roedean is delighted to be partnering in this initiative with the Jakes Gerwel Fellowship (JGF), an organisation committed to nurturing a pipeline of expert teachers, education leaders and social entrepreneurs.  Hannah Goldblatt (Roedean School Dux Scholar, 2018) is currently a JGF Candidate Fellow and is part of a growing cohort of exceptional young people who are committed to solving some of the greatest challenges in education in South Africa.

For more information on World Education Week, go to https://worldeduweek.org/ and register to attend this free online event.

                               

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Since 2009, Thinking Skill have been an integral part of the curriculum, preparing pupils for the challenges of higher education and life itself. We strive to prepare our girls to lead ‘life of significance’ in a world of exponential change. Roedean is the only school in SA to be accredited as a Thinking School from Grades 0-12.