sdg target 4.7 and sel -WITH STRUCTURED PEDAGOGY- IN CONTEXT
What can an Education Ministry or Program do - at scale - to further the ideals of respect for diversity, responsible citizenship and sustainable development for students in low resource and post-conflict conditions?
The Networking to Integrate SDG Target 4.7 and SEL Skills into Educational Materials (NISSEM) group aims to support children and youth in post-conflict and low resource settings...
advancing sdg 4 for education
Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) Target 4.7 reinforces earlier global education goals that are critical to achieving the SDGs as a whole:
By 2030, ensure that all learners acquire the knowledge and skills needed to promote sustainable development, including, among others, through education for sustainable development and sustainable lifestyles, human rights, gender equality, promotion of a culture of peace and non-violence, global citizenship and appreciation of cultural diversity and of culture’s contribution to sustainable development
These are ambitious goals, particularly in low-resource settings and fragile settings, where classrooms are often crowded and teaching and learning materials are few. How can teachers in these settings with little training or support turn the goals into practical teaching and learning?
Renewing textbooks AND OTHER EDUCATIONAL MATERIALS
In many low-resource settings, textbooks are the de facto curriculum and are often the only teaching and learning material available at the classroom level. In these contexts, textbooks can be a vital and sustainable starting point for improving teaching and learning by … Including meaningful contexts and models for SDG Target 4.7 themes and developing social and emotional learning (SEL) – prosocial attitudes – to underpin and articulate the above goals andsupporting teachers in difficult classroom conditions by embedding pedagogy appropriate to their contexts.
From these innovative starting points, countries can align teacher education and reform national examinations to cover Target 4.7 themes, engage learners and achieve better academic and social outcomes.
Connecting ideas and people
NISSEM includes academics, practitioners, donor agency staff. We link groups and specialists concerned with SEL and Target 4.7 themes and support on-going efforts to promote 21st-century skills, life skills, gender equality, cultural diversity, multiple perspectives, and non-violent conflict resolution through educational materials. We work towards the development of guidelines for contextualizing Target 4.7 themes through materials development for early grade reading and mainstream school subjects, in formal and non-formal education, as well as teacher training, and monitoring, measurement and assessment.
We extend our thanks to the following generous donors for their support in 2018: the George Washington University, the University at Albany-SUNY, American University, USAID, ECCN, and Spectacle Learning Media. We would also like to thank the GWU graduate student research team for creating and maintaining this website.