Mohammed VI Foundation for the Protection of the Environment, chaired by HRH Princess Lalla Hasnaa, is participating in the important UN Summit on the Transformation of Education, which takes place from September 16 to 19 in New York.
This summit, attended by leaders from around the world, is initiated by United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to accelerate the integration of the United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) into education.
“Education is experiencing a crisis of equity, inclusion, quality and relevance,” the UN reports, adding that “this crisis, which is often slow and invisible, is having a devastating impact on the future of children and young people. around the world and progress towards the education-related Sustainable Development Goals is off track”.
The foundation, whose education and enlightenment have been at the center of its mission for 20 years, participated in the days of mobilization and solutions, which took place on the 16th and 17th, according to the press release of the foundation, which states that during the hours At these events, in three parallel meetings, emphasis was placed on the concrete commitment of the foundation to the solutions it implements.
At the first event on the transformation of education and sustainable development, co-organized by Morocco, Côte d’Ivoire and UNESCO Institutes of Lifelong Learning, the Foundation, in collaboration with the Ministry of National Education, Pre-School Education and Sports, presented the initiatives of the last twenty years and their acceleration and expansion into Africa, the continent , on which the foundation’s involvement is growing, the same source said. Morocco was also represented at this meeting by the Minister of National Education, Preschool and Sports, Chakib Benmoussa.
The Foundation presented its work through the African Youth Climate Hub Initiative, AYCH, whose ambassador came from Ethiopia to speak about it and share his experience of commitment to transformative education in his country. The teacher, a representative of civil society in Burkina Faso, also presented his experience of the transformation of education in his country.
AYCH is also presented at the second side event dedicated to the Digital Solidarity Initiative of the Arab Computer Partnership Sustainable@EDU. AYCH, a platform launched in 2019 and based at the Hassan II International Center for Environmental Training, is essentially based on the use of new information technologies that enable the establishment of contacts between young people across the African continent, according to a press release. Its online learning center trains young Africans in the knowledge of sustainable development.
Finally, in the third side event dedicated to “Transforming Education for Sustainable Development (ESD), implementing the UNESCO Recommendation on Open Educational Resources (OER) in multi-stakeholder partnerships”, the Foundation presented the Global Schools project, which it leads with SDSN. (UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network) and the Moroccan Ministry of National Education.
Global Schools, a global program of which Morocco is one of three pilot countries, aims to integrate the Sustainable Development Goals into the curriculum of 6th and 7th grade children. More than sixty courses in all subjects are thus re-evaluated and adjusted to integrate sustainable development, he adds.
Mohammed VI Foundation for the protection of the environment, represented at these events by its Secretary General Nouzha Alaoui, is mobilized to promote education for sustainable development in the many programs it implements in Morocco and Africa, supported by international or national, public and private partners, according to the press release .