Including transformative education in pre-service teacher training: A guide for universities and teacher training institutions in the Arab region

(Reposted from: UNESCO 2024)

By Khalaf Al Abri and Marco Pasqualini

Transformative Education (TE), which includes concepts such as Global Citizenship Education (GCED) and Education for Sustainable Development (ESD), is an essential approach to provide learners with the tools to act for more just, peaceful and sustainable societies.

Between 2021 and 2023, the experts of the UNESCO Arab Transformative Education Network identified the creation of a course on Transformative Education for teachers’ pre-service training as a key step to (i) provide teachers with the needed skills to promote Transformative Education as part of the national curriculum as well as though their daily teaching practices, and (ii) to support the reform of pedagogies more broadly, by making them more interactive and focused on critical thinking, and thus positively contributing to improving learners’ overall learning outcomes.

This guidance document is addressed to all entities in charge of pre-service teacher training (e.g. departments of education within higher education institutions and teacher training institutions) in the Arab region interested in including Transformative Education as part of their programmes. The guidance document particularly supports faculty deans and academia in defining the scope and the key parameters to consider while developing a course on Transformative Education, including defining course objectives, format, content, and pedagogy, as well as choosing the right facilitator(s) to deliver the course.

The document also provides useful references to other guides and tools which can further support the reflections around Transformative Education and how it can be concretely applied and promoted at the higher education level.

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  1. Dr. Surya Nath Prasad

    Special Speech
    Global Man as the Vision for the Third Millennium: The Role of Peace Education
    By Surya Nath Prasad, Ph. D.
    on 24 September 1998 at the International Peace Conference on 24 September 1998 on the eve of the 17th Anniversary of the UN International Day of Peace, Kyung Hee University, South Korea
    Organized from 24-26, 1998, by Kyung Hee University and International Association of University Presidents (IAUP)
    Brief, Published in Peace and Conflict Monitor – A Journal of UN Mandated University for Peace (Costa Rica) on 14 February 2012.

    It is foolish to talk world unity before world peace, and it is more foolish to talk world peace before peace at individual level. And if each and every individual is set right, there is possibility, the world would be automatically set right. For more details, one may refer to:

    Focus Article
    Peace and Non-Violence
    By Surya Nath Prasad, Ph. D.
    On the eve of A Decade of to A Culture of Peace & Nonviolence (2001-2010)
    Sang Saeng, A UNESCO-APCEIU Magazine,
    No. 27 Spring, 2010, pages 8-11

    UCN News Channel
    A Dialogue
    between Dr. Surya Nath Prasad and the Anchor of UCN News Channel on
    Universal Peace Education
    For Peace and Nonviolence
    By Surya Nath Prasad, Ph.D.

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