Edusentro | Briones said at the UNESCO Conference that education for sustainable development is a joint obligation | 25th of May, 2021 – At the UNESCO World Conference on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD), Education Secretary Leonor Magtolis Briones emphasized the critical role of stakeholders at the local and global levels in raising awareness and taking action on ESD.
“Learning is a joint responsibility, particularly education for sustainable development. We must integrate planning and pull resources to ensure that we are able to link various learning spaces, formal and informal, physical and virtual, in-person and remote, that support social and active learning and provide access to learning resources that enrich learning,” Secretary Briones said during the conference in her message.
As she detailed the Department’s efforts in investigating, tracking, and institutionalizing policies and initiatives for sustainable growth, the education chief added that implementing ESD is one of the agency’s top priorities.
“Through education and learning, the Philippine Department of Education recognizes the importance of deepening our dedication and action to instill among our learners awareness, knowledge, values, and capacity for sustainable development,” she said.
“The Education Forum for Inclusive Quality Education, or Educ Forum, has been convened. “[Our] partners, which include civil society organisations, education sector organizations, private sector foundations, bilateral agencies, and multilateral organizations, will ensure that education for sustainable development is one of their key fields of work,” Briones said.
The Department is also working with various stakeholders through the Education Futures Programme to create interconnected designs of future learning spaces that cover formal, informal, physical, virtual, and remote spaces, like ESD.
Despite the gap, the Education Chief stated that the COVID-19 pandemic has broadened the Department’s outlook and enhanced community interest in learning space and processes.
“The disruption of in-school learning, delivery at a large scale, has necessitated that we reach out to households and communities to be active partners in the learning process,” she mentioned.
Organized by UNESCO in cooperation with the Federal Ministry of Education and Research of Germany and the German Commission for UNESCO, the UNESCO World Conference for Sustainable Development was held virtually from May 17 to 19, 2021.