HLPF EVENT: Learning Disrupted – Reimagining Learning Ecosystems. A learning session on data, new skills, accountability and integrity

2022 SDGs Learning, Training & Practice

Wed 06 Jul 2022, 14:00-15:45 NY Time

Also this year again, ICAE was co-organizing a SDGs Learning, Training and Practice Session, this time together with the World Bank; UNDP Namibia in partnership with Office of the Prime Minister and the Statistics Division/UN DESA. Moderated by Shermaine Barrett, ICAE Vice President

Learning and Development continues to evolve taking onboard new development in technology and addressing emerging needs. The manner in which learning and development interventions are framed, funding, relevance as well as digital transformation pose to be one of the sector’s challenges globally. In light of the acceleration of digitalization due to the recent Covid-19 pandemic, this session will share lessons on how the learning community has been addressing increased remote engagement, the need to rethink education and learning, taking into account the various levels of development of governments and other partners.

Four timely initiatives come together in this session presenting global perspectives in learning as well as more specific country and thematic perspectives. Starting off with contextualising why the learning and capacity building agenda is relevant today the World Bank presentation will discuss several opportunities and challenges the world is facing today that make upskilling key and then quickly move on to discussing key shifts and 21st century learning approaches and platforms to improve the scale, quality, equity and effectiveness of learning.

We proceeded with Katarina Popovic from the International Council for Adult Education (ICAE) in highlighting the role of education and learning and development and the role of digitalisation in the education in post-COVID-19 time. This was followed by a presentation of a learning experiment featuring a partnership between the UNDP Accelerator Lab Namibia and the Office of the Prime Minister. The last speaker presented the work of the Global Network of Institutions for Statistical Training (GIST) to improve coordination and access to training materials in statistics, as well as the efforts to increase sustainability of training programs at national level.

The session seeked to answer the following questions:
● How might we think through the barriers the education, learning and development ecosystem may face and what activities might we undertake to overcome those limitations to enable the global community to grow?
● What are the lessons learned for education from the pandemic and what are the takes for new strategies and approaches to learning?
● What are the limits and risks of the digital technologies in education?
● How can we make global training materials more accessible to various adult learners?
● How can coordination among training providers be improved to increase efficiency in training materials being developed?
● How can we help improve national adult training programs, reducing dependency on international and regional partners?

More information on our session here:https://sdgs.un.org/events/session-4-learning-disrupted-reimagining-learning-ecosystems-learning-session-data-new

The Division for Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN DESA/DSDG) and the New York Office of the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) are organizing the 2022 edition of the SDGs Learning, Training & Practice – a series of capacity building and knowledge learning sessions as a Special Event to the HLPF. The 2022 SDG Learning, Training and Practice Special Event will align with the 2022 HLPF theme: “Building back better from the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) while advancing the full implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development”. It will feature speakers and experts on crucial topics related to the implementation of the SDGs to be reviewed at the 2022 HLPF: SDG 4, SDG 5, SDG 14, SDG 15 and SDG 17. Ten learning sessions will be organized by organizations from different sectors and regions and distributed during the first five days of the HLPF (5, 6, 7, 11 and 12 July), in both in person and virtual formats. Check the detailed programme here.

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