Successful and enjoyable Tallinn Conference

The Learning Teacher Network held its successful and enjoyable 11th International Conference titled “Empowering the Teacher of Tomorrow” in Tallinn, Estonia on 22-24 September. 143 participants from 23 countries and from all levels of education attended to network, share knowledge and experience, and to learn more about Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) and the Global Action Programme (GAP).

The Network is a Key Partner to UNESCO in Partner Network 3 for the implementation and scaling up of the Global Action Programme (GAP). The international conference was organised in order to contribute to the capacity building of educators for inspiration and providing new knowledge for further action when returning back to their own educational institutions.

In addition to 40 sessions - run by presenters from schools, teacher education and NGO’s - the delegates highly appreciated four keynote presentations that caught different but very well interlinked perspectives on ESD.

Ms Julia Heiss from UNESCO gave an overview of the Global Action Programme and the scaling up of ESD, and unfolded the Sustainable Development Goal 4 ’Quality Education’. Ms Irmeli Halinen, former Head of the Curriculum Development at the Finnish National Board of Education (FNBE), portrayed the process, achievements and collaboration in creating a relevant curricula based on well-being for all in 21st Century Finland.

UNESCO Chair Prof. Charles Hopkins held an inspirational speech on ‘Emerging implications of SDG’s, ESD and Education 2030’, which ingeniously brought together policy and a global perspective with the perception of an individual becoming the ‘sustainable self’. Dr Elena Cavagnaro, Professor of sustainability in hospitality and tourism at Stenden University in the Netherlands, conveyed an intriguing perspective on being human with sustainability from the inside out, portraying a three dimension concept of ‘Care for me, care for me and you, and care for all’.

- This conference was a breakthrough in the full understanding of ESD, says network coordinator and conference chair Magnus Persson. I was truly pleased to hear so very many of the delegates vividly express how this conference levelled up their engagement and awareness.

Link to the conference website