Sustaining Engagement with SDG 4

Sustaining Engagement with SDG 4

Despite the global lockdown, SDG Network member Robbie Guevara has sustained engagement with the UN Sustainable Development Goals (UNSDGs), specifically on SDG 4: Quality Education.

Robbie was the keynote speaker in two webinars linking education and the impact of COVID-19. In addition, Robbie was recently elected as the President of the International Council of Adult Education (ICAE).

The first webinar, entitled Resilience and connectivity during the COVID-19 Outbreak: Snapshot of Good Practices, was conducted on 14th May 2020. This was hosted by the Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organisation (SEAMEO) as part of the series on SEAMEO's Response to COVID-19 pandemic. To date the webinar has been viewed more than 20,000 times on YouTube. Robbie presented on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) as a framework for examining and advancing the COVID 19 responses. The presentation synthesised his on-going research on ESD both in the formal and non-formal context within Australia and in the Southeast Asian region, which were conducted with SEAMEO and UNESCO Bangkok.

The second webinar, entitled "Transformative approaches to act for SDGs" was conducted on 28th May. This was organised by Forus and Bridge 47. Forus is global network of  69 National NGO Platforms (NPF) and 7 Regional Coalitions (RC) from Africa, America, Asia, Europe and Pacific, together representing over 22, 000 organisations. Robbie presented specifically on Target 4.7, drawing on his ARC-funded partnership research on global citizenship education and more recent engagement with networks like the Asia-Pacific Centre for Education for International Understanding (APCEIU).

Robbie was formally inducted as President of the ICAE, the largest global network of civil society organisation with a specific mandate to advocate for youth and adult learning and education (ALE) as a universal human right. It was created in 1973 and has 7 regional bodies (Africa, Arab Region, Asia, Caribbean, Europe, Latin America and North America) representing more than 800 NGOs – regional, national and sectoral networks – in more than 75 countries.

These engagements with SDG 4 contribute directly to the current research with the EU Centre on The EU's Role in the Implementation of the SDGs in Asia Pacific. 

18 June 2020

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18 June 2020

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