TEESNet 2018

Teacher Education for Equity and Sustainability Network (TEESNet)

Eleventh Annual Conference

Getting to the Heart of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs):

          The Role of Teacher Education in Prompting Critical Engagement and Action

Tuesday 11th September 2018, Liverpool Hope University

This conference builds on the hugely successful  2017 conference ‘Making the SDGs Real’, by  focusing on Goal 4 and the role of teacher education in moving beyond awareness of the SDGs to critical engagement and action.

It will explore critical perspectives on Goal 4.7  and the aim to for all learners to acquire the knowledge and skills needed to promote sustainable development through Education for Sustainable Development and Global Citizenship Education (ESD/GCED). This will include questions about our responsibility and response to the SDGs and how we address societal challenges such as inequality, climate change and the rise of nationalism.

EARLY BIRD TICKETS are now on sale! Get your TEESNet 2018 ticket for the bargain price of £95 until 30th June 2018.

After 1st July, tickets will available at the full price of £170. A limited number of student tickets are also available. Follow the link to our eventbrite page to book your ticket


We are delighted to announce details of our first two confirmed speakers for TEESNet 2018:

Alexander Leicht
Chief, Section of Education for Sustainable Development, UNESCO

As Chief of the Section of ESD at UNESCO, his current priorities include coordinating the implementation of the Global Action Programme on ESD in its five Priority Action Areas (policy, education institutions, educators, youth, and local communities), developing a future strategy for ESD, and monitoring Target 4.7 of Sustainable Development Goal 4 on Education. In 2016-2017, he was Chief of the Section of Education for Sustainable Development and Global Citizenship and, in addition to ESD, led UNESCO’s work on Global Citizenship Education and the Prevention of Violent Extremism through Education.

Before joining UNESCO in 2011 as Chief of the Section of Education for Sustainable Development (ESD), Alexander Leicht was Head of the German Secretariat for the UN Decade of ESD at the German Commission for UNESCO. He also worked three years as a university teacher (Hungary/United Kingdom) and originally trained as a teacher (University of Marburg, Germany/University of Massachusetts, USA). He holds a PhD in American Studies from the University of Nottingham, United Kingdom.

Dr Duncan Green
Oxfam GB, London School of Economics
Duncan Green is Senior Strategic Adviser at Oxfam GB and Professor in Practice in International Development at the London School of Economics. He is author of How Change Happens (OUP, October 2016) and From Poverty to Power: How Active Citizens and Effective States can Change the World (Oxfam International, 2008, second edition 2012). Dr Green’s daily development blog can be found on http://www.oxfamblogs.org/fp2p/.
SDG Flashcards
May East from Gaia Education will share her work on developing SDG Flashcards, a practitioner resource aimed at collaboratively identifying actions and solutions for implementing the goals. May will also be inviting participants to collaborate in developing a similar resource for early years contexts. Find out more about May here.

Teachers’ Guide to the SDGs
Kate Lea
from Oxfam GB will be exploring the relationship between education and taking action. She will be asking for thoughts and input to help prepare the new Teachers’ guide to the SDGs. You will also have the chance to hear briefly about two Oxfam programmes focussing on the SDGs:  the ‘Future Youth Schools Forums’ model that has supported young people to explore and take action in response to SDG5 (gender) and ‘Walk the Global Walk’ – an exciting new ten-country European project led by Oxfam Italy to mobilise European young people in support of the SDGs.