UKNC Education lead highlights critical role of teacher education in Global Goals for education

UKNC’s Non-Executive Director for Education, Gary Brace, provided the keynote address at a recent international conference on ‘Education: A Global Perspective’. The Conference focused in particular on the role of information technology in 21st century education and understanding pedagogy in a global context.

Following a previous education conference in London organised by the Education Futures Collaboration on behalf of professional associations (ITTE and UCET), Mr. Brace challenged the participants to consider how teacher education can be adapted to meet the needs of the 21st century and help to deliver the Sustainable Development Goal on Education.

Gary Brace said:

“The Sustainable Development Goal on Education is ambitious – and rightly so. We must strive to ensure that all children have access to the quality education to which they have a right. The academic community worldwide has a key role to play in helping to achieve these targets by 2030”.

The aim of this conference was to bring together experts and start a network to develop real-world sustainable solutions which will ensure that high quality teacher education is accessible across the globe and have a positive impact on outcomes for all children.

The conference was organised by staff from the University of Worcester, Kings College and De Montfort University on behalf of two special interest groups of the British Educational Research Association (Comparative and International Education; Educational Research and Policy-making). Hosted by the University of Worcester, the conference brought together academics and practitioners with wide ranging expertise from a number of countries including Australia, Brazil, Nepal, other European countries and the USA.

The outcomes of both conferences will feed into practical advice that the UKNC will share with UNESCO regarding some of the challenges and potential solutions to implementing SDG4.