Thirty participants have been invited from various teacher education and Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) institutions across Lesotho to attend the Capacity Building Programme for Teachers on Education for Sustainable Development (CAP-ESD), held on the 3rd to the 4th of March 2020 at Avani Maseru in Lesotho.

The programme, “Sustainability Starts with the Teachers”, which targets teacher educators, is a collaborative capacity-building programme on Education for Sustainable Development implemented in 11 countries from Southern Africa over a period of four years. This workshop will kick-start the implementation of the programme in Lesotho as well as share the vision, objectives and expected impact.

Using a mixture of presentations and participatory methods, the programme will feature key speakers representing government ministries of education and environment. Key discussion topics will include sustainability challenges in the country, ESD and Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) in the school system, as well as Teacher/TVET education curriculum.

With funding from the Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA), CAP-ESD is responding to the major issues pointed out in the Global Education Monitoring Report (2016). Namely, that teacher education needs to be more adequately aligned with the SDGs. Support is needed for teachers to understand and implement Education for Sustainable Development. The programme aims to strengthen implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in teacher education institutions for teachers and educators from Early Childhood Care Education (ECCE), primary, secondary and TVET. Special focus will be given to Sustainable Development Goal 4, which is oriented towards the achievement of educational quality within a lifelong learning framework.

Approximately 45 participants are expected to attend, with the balance comprised of ESD experts and representatives from the ministries of education and environment.

For more information on Sustainability Starts with Teachers contact: j.heiss@unesco.org or c.chikunda@unesco.org