Prerequisites for sustainable citizenship: an Early Childhood perspective
  • Room 114, Rolle Building, Plymouth University

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This seminar entitled 'Identifying the formal, informal and non-formal learning and developmental prerequisites for sustainable citizenship: an Early Childhood perspective' will be given by Professor John Siraj-Blatchford (Plymouth University) and Lynette Brock (Montessori Centre International College).

In the past decade we have seen a growing recognition of both the interdependence and fragility of global ecosystems. In our ongoing efforts to achieve an Education for Sustainable Development it is clear that we must address the most pressing unsustainable challenges of our local contexts and simultaneously contribute towards global efforts to promote an education for sustainable citizenship. 

In this seminar we will present the outline of an integrated learning and development model that is informed by the very best practice and theory of ECCE. The learning and development model establishes the importance of creativity, active and imaginative learning, and may be considered of relevance to educational contexts across the learning lifecourse.

About Professor John Siraj-Blatchford

Dr John Siraj-Blatchford is an Honorary Professor at Plymouth University and a visiting scholar at the National Chung Hsing University in Taiwan. He also works as an independent educational researcher and consultant. He was previously employed at the University of Cambridge Faculty of Education and served as an Associate Director of the ESRC Teaching and Learning Research Programme. He has been engaged in a number of international studies, and is a founder member of OMEP Kenya. He was recently commissioned by UNESCO to provide an Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) review of the UNESCO Decade for Education for Sustainable Development, he chaired the ECCE for Sustainable Development workshop at the 2014 UNESCO 'End of Decade' Conference in Nagoya, Japan, and provided a keynote lecture at the World Environmental Education Conference (WEEC) in Gothenburg, Sweden in 2015. His recent publications include: Education for Sustainable Development in the Early Years (OMEP) and Developing a Research Programme for Education for Sustainable Development in Early Childhood (Springer Books) which will be available later this year.

This event is open to all and starts from 2pm onwards. 

Spaces are limited so please contact artsresearch@plymouth.ac.uk if you have any queries or would like to be included on the informal RSVP list.

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