The best start in life -how to reach the SDGs.

I have just completed a great MOOC! The online course was called “The Best Start in Life: Early Childhood Development for Sustainable Development” This is the newest course from the UN Sustainable Development Network’s Online Education Initiative – the SDG Academy.

Hirokazu Yoshikawa, Co-Director of the NYU Global TIES for Children Center, was the primary faculty member teaching the course; others were Prof. Catherine Tamis-LeMonda of NYU Steinhardt Applied Psychology, Jack Shonkoff, MD (Director, Harvard Center on the Developing Child) and Prof. Aisha Yousafzai (Harvard Chan School of Public Health).  Dr. Pia Britto, Chief of Early Childhood Development for UNICEF was featured in the last week’s final module.

Many people from all over the globe participated and the feedback was very positive.

 

The syllabus was comprehensive:

Hirokazu Yoshikawa and Jack Shonkoff

1.1       Early Childhood Development for Sustainable Development

1.2       The State of the World’s Children

1.3       How Brain Architecture Develops

1.4       The Impact of Adversity & Toxic Stress

1.5       Resilience & How to Foster It

 

 Child Development: Prenatal to Age 3

Catherine Tamis-LeMonda

2.1       Development in Culture & Context

2.2       Physical Development

2.3       Cognitive Development and Perception

2.4       Language Development

2.5       Social Development

2.6       Emotional Development &Temperament

 Child Development: Ages 3 to 8

Hirokazu Yoshikawa

3.1       Physical Development

3.2       Cognitive Development & Executive Function

3.3       Language

3.4       Socio-emotional Development

 Tour of ECD Sectors & Programs Part I

Aisha Yousafzai

4.1       Introduction to Multi-sector Aspects

4.2       Health Programs

4.3       Nutrition & Parenting Programs

 

Tour of ECD Sectors & Programs Part 2

Hirokazu Yoshikawa

5.1       Social Protection Programs

5.2       Early Care & Education Programs

5.3       Child Protection Programs

 

Communities & Conflict Situations

Hirokazu Yoshikawa

6.1       Uganda Case Study

6.2       Community Based Programs

6.3       Conflict & Migration

 

From Programs to Policies

Hirokazu Yoshikawa

Teaching gender issues to teachers

Last week the French supreme council for gender equality published a report on the imperative to keep mainstreaming gender equality issues in teacher preparation programs and to make knowledge and skills in these areas required for teacher graduation. “Making teachers and education the drivers of learning and equality” the report is called. “School presents an […]

via Closing the circle: Teaching gender issues to teachers — World Education Blog

The challenge…of Target 4.7

 

Blog: The challenge of Target 4.7 in fragile and low-resource contexts  
Margaret Sinclair & Jean Bernard, Global Education Monitoring Report 
“Given current challenges of conflict, insecurity and environmental collapse, we must put maximum effort into Sustainable Development Goal Target 4.7: education to promote responsible and global citizenship, a culture of peace, gender equality, human rights, respect for cultural diversity and sustainable lifestyles. Achieving Target 4.7 presents challenges in every society. This blog specifically addresses the challenges in fragile and low-income countries, and the possibilities for collaborative development of effective approaches and guidance in respect of textbooks and other education materials.”

View the full blog post here.