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PCF10: The Calgary Communique

The Calgary Communique (Download PDF) Forum partners from over 40 countries from…

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Five Dos and Don’ts for Innovation in Education

Notes from a presentation by Maxim Jean-Louis at the 10th Pan-Commonwealth Forum…

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PCF10: It’s a wrap!

Closing Session. Valedictory Session & Closing Ceremony / Calgary Communique Dr Peter…

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PCF10 2022 Day 2: The education strategy to help battle climate change 

Day 2 of the 10th Pan-Commonwealth Forum on Open Learning (PCF10) opened with…

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🔴 The #TransformingEducation Summit is over…the #LeadingSDG4 journey has just started 🟢

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move from commitments to actual policy CHANGES.

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"Let’s end this pandemic, once and for all."

As #COVID19 continues to upend lives, livelihoods & economies, at #UNGA, @antonioguterres calls for political momentum to stop the virus for good. https://news.un.org/en/story/2022/09/1127801

#PCF10 Plenary Session: “Five Dos and Don’ts for Innovation in Education.” A must-read, how-to guide by @MaximJeanLouis1 for educational resilience and innovation, today and tomorrow. @ContactNorth https://www.col.org/news/five-dos-and-donts-innovation-in-education

#PCF10 #calgarycommunique released. Touching on 6 themes: Building resilience, Fostering Lifelong Learning, Inspiring Innovations, Promoting Equity and Inclusion, Special Focus on Girls' Education, Harnessing Emerging Technologies to Improve Quality Of Life www.col.org/news/the-calgary-communique ... See MoreSee Less
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PCF10: The Calgary CommuniqueForum partners from over 40 countries from all four regions of the Commonwealth, with a total of about 2.5 billion people – believe that it is possible to significantly accelerate progress towards the aim and targets of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in general, and (SDG4) in particular, to innovate for more resilient education systems and to address at least some of the challenges of climate change by prioritising the following collective actions now:1. Building resilienceEnsure policies and political commitment for supporting learners, teachers and parents to adopt the new normal in education and to find ways to leverage existing capacities to support communities. Identify and share examples of resilient systems from different perspectives and transfer the learning into improved practice; andImprove student learning, professional development, open education design, delivering of learning opportunities and the management of organisations.2. Fostering lifelong learningSupport communities to help “domesticate” the use of technology for functional literacy programmes for livelihood;Situate lifelong learning frameworks within regional, national and international contexts to help the movement of skilled people across boundaries;Identify and share examples of policy and practice which help ensure the employability of youths and provide replicable models for skilling and re-skilling, as well as the use of appropriate technologies for lifelong learning; andEstablish national and trans-national qualification frameworks which support recognition of micro-credentials and modular, trans-disciplinary training which is in sync with the changing world of employment.3. Inspiring innovationsIdentify examples of effective innovative pedagogies which can be replicated in local contexts, particularly those which are responsive to changes in learning during a process of lifelong learning;Identify examples of new experiments with the use of technology in education and innovations to reduce the carbon footprint in education; andAdopt innovations with the potential for scale at low cost, to help lower and middle-income countries build resilient education systems.4. Promoting equity and inclusionEnsure decisions made about Open and Distance Learning provisions are driven by national, institutional and individual commitment to the principles of equity and inclusion;Improve access to quality educational opportunities for the disadvantaged and the marginalised; andEnsure robust monitoring and evaluation of equity and inclusion interventions and the closing of feedback loops into improved practice.5. Placing special focus on education for girlsIdentify and share innovations in offering programmes leading to skills and employability of girls and young mothers to improve their livelihoods;Measure learning quality in programmes for women and girls, especially from the perspectives of programme effectiveness, ensure the data is used to improve practice; andCreate specialised lifelong learning environments for women to support sustainable development based on active sponsorship and mentorship.6. Harnessing emerging technologies to improve quality of lifeIdentify and share technological innovations for delivering and managing large, as well as small, flexible learning opportunities that are based on principles of improving quality of life to create new, innovative methods of promoting education across the Commonwealth to help protect the environment;Ensure that technology is deployed for educational purposes in ways which protect users from any kind of cyber threat; andRecognise that climate change has the greatest negative impact on nations which contribute least to the problem and invest in targeted interventions that educate and lobby for policies and practices that are people-centred, future-driven and enabled by the use of green technologies.Our ambition is to achieve this through:Bold inclusive collaborationA. Bringing together role-players from government, business, education and civil society to work together towards policies and practices based on sustainable development, rather than unsustainable continuous economic growth, and that is also respectful of indigenous and traditional knowledge; andB. Recognising and harnessing the power of families, communities and educational institutions to effect change for sustainable development at the community level.Sustaining the momentumC. Sustaining and building a pro-active community for sustainable development through the Council of Ministers of Education, the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting and the Pan-Commonwealth Forum 11; andD. Leveraging emerging affordable, accessible and easy-to-use technologies in education to accelerate sustainable development to improve quality of lifeeverywhere ... See MoreSee Less
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