UNESCO IITE at the conference on "Education 2030"

The conference "Education 2030" of the Ural-Siberian Federation of UNESCO Clubs, Centres and Associations took place on 27 January, 2017, in Yekaterinburg. It was organized with the support of the World Federation of UNESCO Clubs, Centres and Associations, Education Department of the Administration of Yekaterinburg and the UNESCO Institute for Information Technologies in Education (IITE). On 26 January, a meeting with journalists was held in the press center of TASS in order to announce the main aims of the conference – to present global trends in education and familiarize heads of municipal educational institutions with the concept and provisions of the Incheon Declaration “Education 2030: Ensuring inclusive and equitable quality education and promoting lifelong learning opportunities for all”.

The participants of the conference were representatives of district education departments, heads and teachers of educational institutions of Yekaterinburg, Sverdlovsk and Tyumen regions, the Republic of Bashkortostan. Ms. Elena Tarasova, UNESCO IITE Programme Assistant, made a presentation on “ICTs for achieving goals of UNESCO’s Framework for Action ‘Education 2030” at the plenary session and shared the information about the 2016 Global Education Monitoring Report “Education for people and planet: Creating sustainable futures for all” recently published by UNESCO.

The plenary session included an interactive discussion of main trends in education, which was moderated by Ms. Ekaterina Sibirtseva, Head of the Education Department of the city of Yekaterinburg. The participants discussed 21st century skills, what the modern world requires from the school and students and how to integrate necessary innovations into the school education system. Mr. Alexander Vasilevsky, Deputy Head of Representation of the Agency for Strategic Initiatives in the Ural Federal District, presented  the "Atlas of new professions" which explains what professions will be needed in the next 15-20 years and what specialties will be in demand as new technologies appear and new industries develop. Within the dialogue, a representative of UNESCO IITE Elena Tarasova told about the concept of "Education 2030" and main tasks set by a global community on the way towards achieving the SDG №4 on quality education. The Secretary-General of the Ural-Siberian Federation of Associations, Centres and Clubs Julia Averina shared the information about the movement of UNESCO Clubs, that celebrates the 70th anniversary of the founding of the first club on 19 July, 1947, in Sendai (Japan). The active discussion continued within the work of parallel sessions of the conference, where participants discussed the work of UNESCO clubs in educational institutions and experience in the development of intellectual and creative potential of gifted and talented youth of the city of Yekaterinburg.

The conference adopted a resolution with recommendations on the implementation of programmes of UNESCO Clubs on the basis of educational institutions of Yekaterinburg and the programme of interaction with the Ural-Siberian Federation of UNESCO Clubs, Centres and Associations.