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Regional Workshop on Reorienting Teacher Education towards EFA and ESD


With 4 to 5 years left to meet the goals of Education for All (EFA) and the Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (DESD), there is an overwhelming need to embed EFA and ESD concepts firmly into the school curricula and to develop appropriate pedagogies, lesson plans and teaching materials.


To address this need, UNESCO Bangkok has initiated a project on Reorienting Quality Teacher Education towards EFA and ESD with the support of the Japanese Funds-in-Trust. The project aims to enhance the capacity of teachers who play a major role in transmitting knowledge, values, principles and skills to their students. One component of the project is to assist teacher educators and teachers to design and integrate ESD and EFA contents into their teaching and learning materials.


UNESCO and the Thai National Commission for UNESCO are organizing a regional workshop to capitalize on their successful collaborations in facilitating teacher educators and teachers to incorporate ESD thematic issues into science and social studies. This workshop will focus on the following ESD and EFA thematic issues: climate change; environmental protection; HIV/AIDS prevention; gender sensitizing; inclusive education; and human rights education.


Objectives of the workshop


The specific objectives of the workshop were to:

  • introduce teacher educators and teachers to the concepts, principles, values, context and content of various ESD and EFA thematic issues;
  • examine how these concepts, principles, values, context and content can be incorporated into the teaching and learning of science and social studies;
  • promote action research to document ‘good practices’ of curriculum development, pedagogical approaches and institutional policies for ESD and EFA; and
  • facilitate collaboration in developing educational resources on these thematic issues as an integral part of science education and social studies.


Expected outcomes of the workshop

  • Capacity of teacher education institutions to develop and incorporate ESD/EFA contents into their teacher education programmes is enhanced.
  • Knowledge and skills of teacher educators and teachers to teach ESD/EFA concepts and contents are increased.
  • Good and innovative ESD/EFA practices are shared and put into use.       
  • Resource materials on ESD/EFA are developed and shared.
  • ESD and EFA networks are enhanced and increased.



About 60 participants including deans, teacher educators and teachers from teacher education institutions in eight countries in the Asia-Pacific region had been invited to attend the workshop: Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, Fiji, Kazakhstan, Laos, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Thailand.


Picture Gallery

Introduction to Education for all (EFA), Johan Lindeberg


Introduction to Education for Sustainable Development (ESD), Robert Steele (pdf, 1.7mb)


Pedagogical Approach

HIV/AIDS Prevention Education, Simon Baker  


Gender Sensitizing, Chan Lean Heng

Environmental Protection, Robert Steele (pdf, 2.1mb)

Human Rights Education, Jeff Plantilla


Climate Change, Pramuan Siripankaew (pdf, 630kb)

Inclusive Education, Vivian Woon King Heung (pdf, 0.9mb)