ASPnet Newsletter - CONNECT (Issue 16)
4. maj 2021
Dear ASPnet community,
Dear National Coordinators,
Dear teachers, students and parents,
Around this time last year, our newsletter CONNECT was launched with the aim of enhancing the connectivity and solidarity among the ASPnet members due to unprecedented pandemic-related school closures. In this issue, we want to talk about what has become increasingly important to you, resulting from our various activities and events over the past year.
We listened to you and concluded that the most relevant topics emerging are the emotional well-being, and social and emotional learning in and through education! Therefore, you will find in this issue a focus on these topics…
We want to present to you the examples of what UNESCO has been doing in the domain of social and emotional learning, and especially the examples concerning Early Childhood Care and Development since the voices of this age group are not heard as often as those of older students.
Therefore, we also want to share with you a special message from Ms Rokhaya Diawara, Coordinator of Early Childhood Care and Education at UNESCO, on the importance of learning in the early years, and some great examples of Social and Emotional Learning in Early Childhood promoted by UNESCO’s Bangkok Office.
This issue also features the “Power of Zero” initiative which deals with the development of online learning materials for young children with a special focus on transmitting values and keeping children safe while ensuring their well-being when exposed to online content. My special thanks goes to Nicholas Carlisle who kindly accepted to be interviewed and share his message.
Last but not least, we want to update you on our recent “ASPnet x Futures of Education” webinars, to which many of you made many great contributions. I would like to express my sincerest gratitude to all the National Coordinators and ASPnet school leaders, teachers, and students and their parents who engaged in this global reflection and debate on how education needs to be reimagined towards 2050 and beyond. Your voices are being heard and will be reflected in the global flagship report published by the International Commission on the Futures of Education in November this year.
It is an honor for the ASPnet International Coordination team to liaise your exceptional achievements with the prioritized objectives of UNESCO over the course of the past year, which as you know was very challenging. Again, we congratulate you on your extremely valuable and valued voices, ideas, new inspirations, and shared experiences.
Stay safe. Stay CONNECTed!