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Academics from the Home Economics Department invited to participate in the UNESCO Week for Peace in Canada

Academics from the Home Economics Department invited to participate in the UNESCO Week for Peace in Canada

Academics from the Home Economics Department invited to participate in the UNESCO Week for Peace in Canada.

Amanda McCloat, Head of Home Economics Department and Helen Maguire, Lecturer in Home Economics have been invited by the Assistant Director-General for Education, UNESCO, Qian Tang to participate in the UNESCO Week for Peace and Sustainable Development and in particular, the Forum on Global Citizenship Education in March.

The UNESCO Week will place an overall focus on teachers and teacher education, with sessions highlighting best practices in this area. The event will emphasise the practical aspects and implementation of Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) and Global Citizenship Education (GCED) - two key programmes in achieving Target 4.7 of Sustainable Development Goal 4 on Education.

“We are delighted to be asked to participate in this invite only event” said Amanda McCloat. “It is very prestigious to have secured this invitation from UNESCO, based on our expertise in the field of Home Economics and Education for Sustainable Development. Helen added “while we already incorporate sustainable theories and practices in the Bachelor of Arts (Education, Home Economics and second subject) programmes and the Professional Masters in Education (with Home Economics) this experience will further enhance our awareness and potential in this regard”.

Education for Sustainable Development and Global Citizenship Education are two major programmes that contribute to education with today’s global challenges. They aim to ensure that learners of all ages acquire the knowledge, skills and values needed to promote sustainable and peaceful societies. Since the launch of the United Nations Global Education First Initiative in 2012 and the declaration of the UN Decade on ESD for the years 2005-2014, ESD and GCED have continuously gained momentum; both are included under Sustainable Development Goal 4-Target 4.7 of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and are relevant for the achievement of all other Sustainable Development Goals of the 2030 Agenda.

Both Amanda and Helen were two of the first Home Economists internationally to achieve certification as International Professional Home Economist (IPHE) in recognition of their contribution to the wider visibility of Home Economics on an international platform and their ongoing support to the work of the International Federation for Home Economics.

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