Youth Voices for UNESCO’s The Blue BOT

Anne Bauer is working as a guest editor for an online publication called The Blue DOT.  The publication is produced by UNESCO MGIEP (Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Education for Peace and Sustainable Development). You can read about that publication here.  A condensed version of the overall concept they are exploring in the issue is: How could education systems be reimagined and redesigned to ensure learning empowers students to be compassionate human beings, trained and prepared for an unpredictable future but also as global citizens seeking a peaceful and kinder world? How can school support emotional resilience and compassion? What is the best use of technology and assessments in terms of achieving those goals?

The issue will be published in January 2021, and they are working to have 500-word pieces completed by December 20. 

They would like to include youth voices (age 15-30) on the following topics:

  • teachers of the future
  • what assessment should look like
  • disconnect between policy and action

More information is here.

Published by David J. Smith

I am a career coach, consultant, and head of a not for profit - the Forage Center - that offers humanitarian education training. I also teach at George Mason University and Drexel University. A one time lawyer, I spent many years teaching in a community college where I was a Fulbright U.S. Scholar teaching in Estonia. I'm the author of Peace Jobs: A Student's Guide to Starting a Career Working for Peace (IAP 2016). I've been married to my best friend for over 31 years and we have two well adjusted adult children who teach me something new everyday. I live in Rockville, Maryland.

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