QNA) - The State of Qatar participated in the UNESCO Global Conference on Education for Sustainable Development, under the title "We learn for our planet, we work for sustainability," which was organized by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in cooperation with the German Federal Ministry for Education and Research. The conference was held via videoconferencing from Berlin.
Representing the State of Qatar, His Excellency Undersecretary of the Ministry of Education and Higher Education Dr. Ibrahim bin Saleh Al-Nuaimi, the Secretary-General of Qatar National Commission for Education, Culture and Science Dr. Hamada Hasan Al-Sulaiti, and a number of ministry leaders, representatives from Qatar University (QU) and Hamad Bin Khalifa University (HBKU) participated in the conference, as well as representatives of the affiliated schools of UNESCO.
HE Undersecretary of the Ministry of Education and Higher Education Dr. Ibrahim bin Saleh Al-Nuaimi stressed that the responsibility for achieving education for the sustainable development goals is a joint responsibility and is not specialized to the ministries of education only, but rather is a participatory responsibility that includes all parties from the ministries of education and scientific and research institutions as well as civil society organizations and experts.
"Believing from the State of Qatar that education for sustainable development is education for a bright future for everyone in every time and place, we have undertaken several initiatives to achieve these goals, as a supreme committee was formed included all parties related to the educational and developmental affairs in the country to ensure coherence and complementarity between education and the sustainable development goals," His Excellency said, adding that "The Qatar National Vision 2030 also defined general directions for the future and placed climate change among its goals aimed at achieving environmental development, which is one of the four developmental pillars of our national vision, through which we seek to achieve a balance between economic and social development and environmental protection for the purpose of its sustainability."
Dr. Al-Nuaimi referred to the efforts and initiatives of the State of Qatar in addressing the phenomenon of climate change and its repercussions in many fields and sectors, including but not limited to the initiative (planting a million trees) which the Ministry was keen to ensure that the main group active is school students.
"We also affirm our pride in organizing the first carbon-neutral FIFA World Cup 2022, when the project (Tarsheed 22) has been launched, which aims to raise awareness in schools about the importance of energy conservation. The project has achieved a remarkable reduction in carbon emissions. As a result of participating schools' adoption of modern technologies that contribute to saving energy consumption." Al Nuaimi added.
Dr. Al-Nuaimi also talked about the role of the State of Qatar in achieving the commitments contained in the Berlin Declaration, foremost of which was building an educational system that guarantees the achievement of the sustainable development goals, that is through reformulating and preparing academic curricula in accordance with the principle of sustainability, raising the degree of interest in the quality of school curricula and ensuring their ability to achieve sustainable development goals.
In addition, HE the Undersecretary of the Ministry of Education and Higher Education pointed out some global challenges that still face education for sustainable development, including the weakness of the financial resources allocated for the development and modernization of education, the limited number of teachers qualified to adopt the concept of education for sustainable development. And the need to create a flexible infrastructure that contributes to achieving education for sustainable development, especially the provision of e-learning requirements, stressing that all these issues are important and should be taken into account and to address them.
The virtual conference included interactive plenary sessions for discussion and dialogue, simultaneous plenary sessions for in-depth discussions, online workshops, virtual exhibitions, and digital networking opportunities to provide educational experiences for all participants.
The global conference aims to enhance awareness of the challenges facing sustainable development, and the important role of education for sustainable development as a key factor in successfully achieving all the goals, especially in light of the recent global developments that have emerged as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, In addition to creating significant momentum for the new global framework for Education for Sustainable Development 2030.
The three-day conference witnessed the participation of 2,500 people from all regions of the world, especially policy-makers concerned with the field of education and other fields related to sustainable development, as well as personalities from civil society, the development community, and the private sector