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 Education 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.