Issue 12 of ENGAGE for Winter 2015/15 is available now. Following the adoption by the United Nations of the Sustainable Development Goals for 2030, this issue focuses on quality in education with the assertion from Foundation Chair, Jerry Glazier that “Education without a transforming and enabling quality should never be described as education.”
UNESCO Secretary General, Irina Bokova explains why education can be transformative only if it carries meaning and opportunities for all children and young people. Marie Antoinette Corr, General Secretary of the Gambia Teachers Union, Sierra Leonean teacher A A Kamara, University of London professor Dr. Aminul Huque and award winning children’s author Alan Gibbons describe what quality education means to them. Former UK Government Schools Minister Lord (Jim) Knight poses his question about quality education “What makes you get up in the morning ?”
This issue also has two special features on the role of technology to support teaching and learning. UK business leader and non-aligned peer, Lord Digby Joness talks to Foundation’s Executive Manager Ann Beatty about his views on the essentials for education in the coming robot age and UNESCO Chair in ICT4D Professor Tim Unwin offers his ten lessons for the effective use of technology in teaching and learning.
There’s more from Emily Pemberton and George Watts, the 2015 winners of the Steve Sinnott Award to be the 2015 Young Ambassadors for the Send My Friend to School campaign. In ENGAGE 12 they describe their visit to Ghana to investigate progress towards meeting the Millennium Development Goal of universal primary education by the end of 2015.
… and news and updates from the Foundation as we encourage schools to join the UNESCO Associated Schools network and set about our new project to establish a worldwide network of Foundation branded Learning Resource Centres – starting in Haiti still struggling to recover from the devastating 2010 earthquake.