The Faculty of Education on July 29, 2019 conducted a two-day capacity building workshop to strengthen the capacity of teachers, technical and vocational educators in the implementation of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The workshop was conducted under the framework of Education for Sustainable Development (ESD), which draws attention to the relationship between ESD and educational quality.
UB held the workshop under the auspices of the UNESCO Regional Office for Southern Africa (ROSA) and Botswana NATCOM with collaboration from the Ministry of Tertiary Education, Research, Science and Technology and other regional partners
The main aim of the workshop was to strengthen the capacity of teachers, technical and vocational educators in the implementation of SDGs, particularly Goal Four which is a key enabler for implementation of other 16 SDGs.
Goal Four is a key enabler for achieving inclusive and equitable quality education within the lifelong learning framework. Another objective of the workshop was to integrate sustainability principles into education and training environments, with special emphasis on curriculum change and strengthening sustainability approaches and practices in Teacher Education Institutions (TEIs) and Technical and Vocational Institutions (TVETs).
The Faculty of Education as a key stakeholder in Teacher Education, and in its endeavour to fulfil the University’s mandate of implementing SDGs, commits itself to advancing capacity in enhancing sustainability teaching/learning processes and practices in Teacher Education.
As such, participants were drawn from public teacher education institutions and TVETs in Botswana. Some were members of the Faculty of Education and Faculty of Engineering & Technology (FET)’s Department of Design & Technology Education.
Facilitators were from UNESCO, Ministry of Tertiary Education, Research, Science and Technology, Ministry of Basic Education, Faculty of Education, Okavango Research Institute and Rhodes University.
At the end of the workshop participants chose ESD related change projects to undertake at their respective institutions. The change projects are aimed at showcasing ESD at institutional level to effect change that will contribute to educational quality improvement and enhance achievement of some SDGs.