Monday, 13 August 2018
Philip O’Brien lead the morning presentation on Working Towards a Sustainable Future. Philip began his presentation by asking participants to answer a 13 question survey with multiple choice answers. To the surprise of many of the participants, the answers were more positive and less dire than anticipated. Successes that have been achieved are a reduction in extreme poverty; undernourishment; primary school enrolment rate, the fight against HIV/AIDS, Malaria and Tuberculosis, the under 5 mortality, maternity mortality and access to sanitation and water. Aside from these successes, the gap between richer and poorer however, has grown bigger. The gaps in literacy and economics continue to grow. In the primary level, there are more girls out of school and when it come to post primary schooling, there are more boys out of school. In Sub-Saharan Africa, girls are at a higher disadvantage when it come to schooling. Philip spoke about the action plan for the future. Eradicating poverty was discussed, with some views that poverty is relative. Eradicating poverty remains a huge concept. We reviewed the 17 Sustainable Development Goals. One of the topics raised was that the youth are disillusioned about democracy and are therefore stepping away from it. In order for sustainability to be achieved, the three dimensions of the SDG’s need to meld together and be harmonised. These dimensions are social, economic and environmental. The consensus is that by fulfilling the 4th SDG, the other 16 could be achieved. The goal to ensure inclusive education, quality education and to promote lifelong learning for all is the key. Through education, poverty and mortality can be reduced. Gender Equality will result in 1.5 million less child marriages and through education, nutrition awareness could result in up to 40% less stunted growth for children. Although accountability starts with the government, we are all accountable. Our role is to hold governments accountable in education particularly. Ways to hold the government accountable is through elections, social movements and dissemination of information on education. Philip ended his presentation by urging each participant to take up their role in making a difference, with a change being a simple as picking up a piece of plastic bag and not being wasteful with food. He closed off with the statement that our Montessori voice is not heard frequently or loudly enough and we are the ones that need to change that. Lynne then added that waste of human potential is the biggest waste of all. Our children are the agents of change and we are their advocates.
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Sunday, 5 August 2018
AMI Executive Director, Lynne Lawrence welcomed participants to the Sixth Educateurs sans Frontières Assembly. She explained the format of the Assembly and housekeeping matters before inviting participants to introduce themselves. Lynne spoke about the connection between the EsF vision and AMI’s three strategic pillars, the historic Montessori context, and the work of the United Nations and the Sustainable Development Goals.
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The second week of the EsF Assembly began with breakfast and welcoming of new participants. Pearls from Saturday were shared and then groups went their separate ways to do their morning community...

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The morning started off with an introduction to the EsF team, followed by the participants breaking into groups of three where they were encouraged to get to know each other. After reconvening as...

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Tuesday, 2 August 2016
Phillip O’Brien gave a presentation on the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Philip explained how the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) grew out of the Millennium Development Goals. In the SDGs the word ‘sustainable’ has become significant, but education is still seen to hold the key to achieving most of the post-2015 goals.
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Friday, 12 August 2016
This draft statement was a response by the EsF Assembly participants to the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
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Friday, 7 August 2015
Lynne Lawrence spoke of the progress of the 6 Education goals from Dakar, 2000. Her presentation concluded that although accelerated progress had been made, Education For All has not been achieved. Recommendations for the future were set out, emphasizing the importance of reaching the goal of quality Education For All.
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This UNESCO document (English version), published in 2015 asks what education we need for the 21st century. It offers a humanist vision of education as an essential common good, a view that hopes to be aspirational and inspirational, to speak to new times.
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This UNESCO document (Spanish version), published in 2015 asks what education we need for the 21st century. It offers a humanist vision of education as an essential common good, a view that hopes to be aspirational and inspirational, to speak to new times.
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This UNESCO document (French version), published in 2015 asks what education we need for the 21st century. It offers a humanist vision of education as an essential common good, a view that hopes to be aspirational and inspirational, to speak to new times.
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