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Report launch: Target 4.7 of the SDGs: Evidence in schools in England

16 May 2022, 5:00 pm–6:30 pm

Student climate change protest in Berlin. Photo: Leonhard Lenz

Join Professor Douglas Bourn and Dr Jenny Hatley for this launch event for a substantial new report that examines engagement with Sustainable Development Goal Target 4.7 in schools in England.

This event is free.

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The report aims to gather evidence of the extent to which the themes of Sustainable Development Goal Target 4.7 are being engaged with within schools in England, examining how they are being delivered, areas of success, identifiable gaps, and what the priorities for policymakers should be in the future.

In this event, Douglas and Jenny will pose and assess the following themes from the report:

  • To what extent could the implementation of Target 4.7 within education systems provide space for a radical and transformative approach to learning?
  • Are the themes of Target 4.7 popular within schools?
  • What role do civil society organisations and professional bodies play in promoting education for sustainable development and related topics?
  • How do the themes of Target 4.7 connect to wider questions such as the purpose of education and its role in securing a more just and sustainable society?
  • How does the current emphasis on testing and examinations in schools impact on the implementation of Target 4.7?
  • How best can advocates of Target 4.7 work with policy-makers to secure meaningful change?
  • What educational groups need to be considered first as potential allies and proponents of Target 4.7?

This report has been published on behalf of Our Shared World. They bring together a large network of actors seeking to advocate for and support the successful realisation of Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 4.7 across England by 2030, equipping our society to create a more sustainable, fairer, peaceful and resilient world.

This event will be particularly useful for those interested in: global learning, education for sustainable development, climate change education, enviromental education, human rights education and peace education.


About the Speakers

Professor Douglas Bourn

Director of the Development Education Research Centre at IOE, UCL

He has produced numerous publications on the themes of development education, global learning, global citizenship and education for sustainable development. These include The Theory and Practice of Development Education (2014), Understanding Global Skills for 21st Century Professions (2018), editor of Bloomsbury Handbook for Global Education and Learning (2020) and Education for Social Change (2022). He is chair of the Advisory Board for the Academic Network of Global Education and Learning (ANGEL) and from 1993 to 2006 was Director of the Development Education Association.

More about Professor Douglas Bourn

Dr Jenny Hatley

Programme Leader in Education at Bath Spa University

Her research interest is in global education. She has previously worked with an international NGO to lead and develop education programmes in disease prevention education and in trauma and conflict resolution in areas of conflict, natural disaster and post-conflict situations overseas. She has also worked as a primary teacher in the UK across both the state and independent sectors with a focus on global education, social and emotional education and citizenship. She now pursues this interest through Higher Education and research, where she seeks to develop a critical approach to global citizenship, social justice and how education can become responsive to changing global agendas.