Researchers, policymakers, school leaders, non-governmental organisations and practitioners from across Europe convened at Liverpool Hope for the 11th annual TEESNet Conference.
More than 100 people from 12 different countries attended the event, which discussed Getting to the Heart of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): The Role of Teacher Education in Prompting Critical Engagement and Action.
The event sought to provide a vehicle for influencing policy makers and developing a critical dialogue around the Sustainable Development Goals. There was a particular focus on SDG4.7, which aims for all learners to acquire the knowledge and skills needed to promote sustainable development through Education for Sustainable Development/Global Citizenship Education (ESD/GCED).
Associate Professor Dr Philip Bamber, Head of the Education Studies department, said: “Building on the theme of the 2017 conference, ‘Making the SDGs Real’, the 2018 conference focused on the role of teacher education in moving beyond awareness of the SDGs to critical engagement and action.”
The conference included keynote presentations from the UNESCO ESD/GCED team in Paris, Senior Strategic Advisor at POXFAM GB and Professor at the London School of Economics Duncan Green, and the HEC Global Learning Centre’s Manju Patel-Nair.
TEESNet (The UK Teacher Education for Equity and Sustainability Network) is hosted by Liverpool Hope University in collaboration with Liverpool World Centre. It promotes a cross-sector community of practice, between university based teacher education, schools and non-government organisations, to share research and practice and develop new understanding of ESD/GCED within teacher education in the UK and beyond.
Image (left to right): TEESnet Associate Director Philip Bamber, TEESnet Director Andrea Bullivant and the Director of Liverpool World Centre Pablo Guidi.