Commission launches Global Education Monitoring Report

Kiwi comic artist and illustrator Toby Morris demonstrated how cartoons can be used to promote social messages at the New Zealand National Commission for UNESCO’s launch of a significant global report on Wednesday 20 September.

The New Zealand launch of UNESCO’s inaugural Global Education Monitoring (GEM) Report EducaToby Morris smallertion for people and planet: Creating sustainable futures for all featured four guest speakers: prominent educationalist Dame Karen Sewell, Toby Morris, the National Commission’s new Education Commissioner Cheryl Stephens and Youth Reference Group member Raven Maeder, with Chair Ian McKinnon as Master of Ceremonies.

The GEM Report is the first in a 15-year series that monitors global progress towards achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4 – Education, which UNESCO is leading.

“The aim of SDG4 is to ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all,” says Ian McKinnon, Chair of the New Zealand National Commission for UNESCO.

“We need to see education as more than transferral of knowledge – it’s about empowering citizens of all ages to think critically and find innovative solutions to today’s global issues.”

Toby Morris, creator of the monthly comic series Pencilsword and half of the Toby and Toby duo responsible for the series 'That is the question' on Radio NZ, was commissioned by UNESCO to illustrate the youth version of the GEM Report. He collaborated closely via Skype and email with a representative at UNESCO’s headquarters in Paris to capture the essence of the more than 400-page report in just seven pages.

New Youth Reference Group Members

YRG

Youth Reference Group Members (L-R): Raven Maeder, Teina Wells-Smith, Samantha Allen, Danielle Newton, Kya Raina Lal, Sophie Goulter and Shawn Thomas.

Five new young people have recently been appointed as members of the New Zealand National Commission for UNESCO's Youth Reference Group. Raven Maeder, Teina Wells-Smith, Danielle Newton, Kya Raina Lal and Shawn Thomas join existing members Samantha Allen and Sophie Goulter.

2016 World Journalism Education Congress

 The New Zealand National Commission for UNESCO was principal sponsor of the fourth World Journalism Education Congress in July.

Organised by Auckland University of Technology (AUT), the 2016 World Journalism Education Congress addressed the most pressing issues confronting journalism and journalism educators around the world today.

More than 200 participants from 48 countries attended the event, to discuss topics such as concerns for reputation and media freedoms, and journalism in today’s digital environment.

Among the attendees were Ian McKinnon, Chair of the New Zealand National Commission, who provided a welcome address and chaired a session and Trish Carter, National Commissioner for Communication, who also led one of the sessions. 

Congress delegates

From left: Ian McKinnon, Dr Fassy Yusuf, Dr Shailendra Singh, Professor Ahmed Hidass, Associate Professor Verica Rupar, Professor Abiodun Salawu, Assistant Professor Jeremaiah M Opiniano, Trish Carter, Dr Cait McMahon. Photo: Mandy Te

The National Commission provided funding for Dr Cait McMahon to participate in a panel, 'Reporting Trauma and Suicide'. In addition, the Commission provided travel grants to enable nine journalists from developing countries to attend the congress. The following recipients received up to NZD2000 each to help cover the cost of travel to Auckland: 

  • Haiyan Wang, School of Communication and Design, Sun Yat-Sen University, China
  • Dr Fassy Yusuf, University of Lagos, Nigeria
  • Assistant Professor Jeremaiah M Opiniano, University of Santo Tomas, The Philippines
  • Professor Ahmed Hidass, Instit Superieur d'Information et Communication, Morocco
  • Eno Akpabio, University of Namibia, Namibia
  • Abiodun Salawu, North West University, South Africa
  • Dr Shailendra Singh, Fiji
  • Victoria Lepou, Samoa
  • Moh Zaenal Abidin Eko Putro, Indonesia.

Freedom of information is a key theme for UNESCO. 

New Zealander appointed to UNESCO Young Professionals Programme

Tim Francis

Cantabrian Tim Francis has been selected from over 900 applicants from across the globe to be part of the UNESCO Young Professionals Programme (YPP). The programme offers young people an opportunity to join UNESCO at the early stage of their professional career.

Tim was nominated by the New Zealand National Commission for UNESCO and, following his successful appointment, has joined the Communication and Information Sector at UNESCO’s Headquarters in Paris.