Exclusive interview: More holistic approach to education seen in new UNESCO approach to achieve dev’t goals

Eagle Broadcasting Corporation’s Alma Angeles, together with Robert Capistrano and Caesar Vallejos interviewed officials of UNESCO in its headquarters in Paris, France where Alexander Leicht, chief of the Section of Education for Sustainable Development of UNESCO, explained how UNESCO changed its approach to education, incorporating even technical and vocational component, to achieve sustainable development goals.

“The first thing that’s important to  note is that we’re working now on a more holistic approach to education,” Leicht said.

Whereas the focus in the past is getting more kids to go to school, particularly basic education, UNESCO is now looking at lifelong learning, including vocational skills and literacy.  This is the difference compared to the global agenda of 15 years.

They are also promoting “specific education content that enables people to contribute to sustainable development.”

Another challenge for UNESCO is on how it can support educational institutions as “learning spaces” for sustainable development.

Rone Amelan, UNESCO’s media relations officer, also explained how the media can help generate wider awareness about the sustainable development goals.

“Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all” is the global education agenda (Education 2030) which is part of the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), that make up the Agenda 2030 for sustainable development. 

The Global Goals and targets aim to stimulate action over the next fifteen years in the Five Ps of critical importance: People, Planet, Prosperity, Peace and Partnership, according to UNESCO.

The success of these goals is driven by the education goal.  (Eagle News Service)