Thursday, July 11
11:10-11:30 AM
EDT
Room 213

From global to local and back: an education framework for the realization of the sustainable development goals

Brief Paper ID: 55204
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    Ilse Wambacq
    Montclair State University
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    Koen DePryck
    Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Inst. of Knowledge Mgmt and Int. Inst. of Education for Development
  3. Maryrose McInerney
    Montclair State University
  4. Janet Koehnke
    Montclair State University
  5. Joan Besing
    besingj@mail.montclair.edu
  6. Rachel Scheperle
    Montclair State University
  7. Jerry Oldenstam
    International Institute of Education for Development

Abstract: Universities are very aware of the attention paid to global education. This pushes them towards a comprehensive education model incorporating global goals for learning. At the same time, global educative goals are increasingly handled at the local level, e.g., in Unesco’s concept of ‘learning cities’ which addresses the “crucial role that cities and local communities can play in achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.” This is an attempt to compensate for the less than expected success rate of an approach mainly focusing on policy at the largest possible scale. This renewed attention to the local implies that the positive feedback loop from local to global learning is often missing. We present a conceptual framework for a global-local-global feedback loop designed to contribute to the realization of the implementation of the United Nations’ goals, focusing on providing higher education opportunity and sustainability. By way of proof of concept, we map this systemic framework onto the collaboration in health education between Montclair State University in NJ, USA and The International Institute of Education for Development (IIED) in Paramaribo, Suriname. While there is a symbiotic relationship possible between the developing country and the university that offers sustainable international programs, we will present the advantage such a global-local-global feedback loop offers the institutions of higher education that prepare tomorrow’s health care professionals.

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