Asoc. Prof Dzintra Ilisko took part at the the 1st Swedish International Global Action Programme on ESD Conference and the 9th Biennial Meeting of the International Network of Teacher Education Institutions associated with the UNESCO Chair on Reorienting Teacher Education to Address Sustainability, hosted by SWEDESD, Campus Gotland, in collaboration with Learning Teacher Network (LTN) and Swedish National Commission for UNESCO that took place from August 21 – 24, 2016 at Campus Gotland, Uppsala University, Sweden. There were participants from 40 different countries engaged in addressing sustainability issues via higher education and in their communities.
The focus of the conference was on quality education and ESD, i.e. Goal 4 of the Sustainable Development goals (SDGs) and on how Goal 4 is linked to other SDGs. At the conference participants shared successes and challenges in scaling quality education as part of the UNESCO Global Action Programme on ESD.
Among the participants were members of Swedish GAP Action Area 3, faculty members of teacher education institutions, deans of faculties of education, principals of teacher education institutions or other upper administrators from faculties of education, representatives of national and state/provincial ministries of education and UNESCO staff from Headquarters and Field Offices. The outcomes of the conference were compiled as the Visby Recommendations for the GAP Priority Action Area 3 – Teacher Education and ESD.