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5th UNESCO Forum on Transformative Education for Sustainable Development, Global Citizenship, Health and Well-being (Strand 2 & Special Session)
Place of publication | Year of publication | Collation: 
| 2021 |

Strand 2 – What does progress in transformative education look like – a look at recent global and regional data


Plenary session 2

Building upon Strand 1, this session examined transformative education through the lens of regional and global comparative data in relation to SDG Target 4.7. The discussion identified the progress made, and remaining gaps in existing monitoring and assessment frameworks.

Moderator: Mr Sobhi Tawil, Director, Future of Learning and Innovation, UNESCO

  • Ms Miho Taguma, Senior Policy Analyst on OECD Learning Compass 2030 and SDG 4.7
  • Ms Leanne Riley, Unit Head, Surveillance, Monitoring and Reporting, Department of Noncommunicable Diseases (NCDs), World Health Organization
  • Ms Valeria Damiani, Associate Professor, La Libera Università Maria SS. Assunta (LUMSA) University, Italy
  • Mr Carlos Henríquez Calderon, Coordinator of the Latin American Laboratory for Assessment of the Quality Education (LLECE), Regional Bureau for Education in Latin America and the Caribbean (OREALC), UNESCO Santiago Office


Concurrent sessions 2

The concurrent sessions engaged in an in-depth discussion on three selected major gaps in transformative education, identified opportunities and made suggestions on the way forward.


Session 2.1 – How to address social and emotional dimensions of learning in assessment?

The increasing integration of social and emotional learning (SEL) into curricula has raised questions regarding feedback and assessment. Drawing on research, policy and practice, this session examined possibilities and gaps in SEL.

Moderator: Ms Cecilia Barbieri, Chief, Section of Education for Global Citizenship & Peace, UNESCO

  • Ms Nandini Chatterjee, Senior National Project Officer, UNESCO Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Education for Peace and Sustainable Development (MGIEP)
  • Ms Valerie Shapiro, Associate Professor, University of California Berkeley, USA
  • Mr Pablo Pincheira, Training Director, Forja Chile, Chile


Session 2.2 – Making adult learning and education visible within lifelong learning: strengthening non-formal education for individual, social and system level transformation

This session presented local initiatives that have embedded ESD and GCED into lifelong learning systems through policy/strategy development and project implementation, as well as progress made in building learning cities. 


Moderator: Mr Jose Roberto Guevara, President, International Council for Adult Education


  • Mr Nicolas Jonas, Programme Specialist, UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning (UIL)
  • Ms Mo Winnie Wang, Programme Specialist, UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning (UIL)
  • Mr Denis Barrett, Coordinator of Cork Learning City, Ireland


Session 2.3 – What do we need to monitor/measure/assess in transformative education - gaps and opportunities?

The session focused on promising practices and remaining gaps in capturing the transformation of individuals, societies and education. The key question addressed was how quality teaching and learning can be guided based on the evidence available.

Moderator: Dr Marcia McKenzie, Director, MEECE Project and SEPN, and Professor, the University of Melbourne, Australia

  • Mr Doug McCall, Executive Director, International School Health Network
  • Mr Antoine Marivin, Project Manager, UNICEF-East Asia and Pacific Regional Office (EAPRO)
  • Dr Julia Kim, Programme Director, the Gross National Happiness Centre, Bhutan


Special Session by the Host Country (Plenary)Experiences from the Republic of Korea and Beyond: Progress, Challenges and New Visions

The Special Session discussed the Korean experience on SDG Target 4.7, at the domestic and international level. Good practices, emerging trends and lessons learnt were shared, suggesting key agendas, challenges, and visions towards 2030 and transformative education.

Moderator: Mr Soon-yong Pak, Professor, Yonsei University, Republic of Korea


  • Mr Hwanbo Park, Professor, Chungnam University, Republic of Korea
  • Mr Cheol-Jin Yang, Teacher at Songwoo Middle School & Co-Founder/Director of Neuroo, Republic of Korea


  • Ms Sun-Kyung Lee, Professor, Cheongju National University of Education, Republic of Korea
  • Mr Aaron Benavot, Professor, University of Albany, USA


Links to Strand 1 / Strand 3 / Strand 4

Resource Type: 
Conference and programme reports
Civic / Citizenship / Democracy
Media & information literacy / digital citizenship
Diversity / cultural literacy / inclusive
Human rights
Globalisation and social justice / International understanding
Peace / Culture of peace
Sustainable development / sustainability
Transformative initiatives / Transformative pedagogies
Level of education: 
Transformative Education
global citizenship education
sustainable development
Education for Health and Well-being
SDG 4.7