Recently, CORE has partnered with the International Council on Education for Teaching (ICET), an international non-Governmental organisation (INGO) dedicated to global development through education.
In the last week of June, Jedd Bartlett and Jane Nicholls attended the 57th ICET World Assembly, in Bangkok, recording interviews for the growing international EDtalks audience, and supporting the ICET initiatives.
During the closing ceremony, ICET President Prof. James O’Meara announced the inaugural ICET Asia-Pacific Senior e-Fellow, awarded to CORE’s Karen Melhuish Spencer. This is a great opportunity for Karen, who will take on a role of lead facilitator in the Education Communities collaboration platform, a global online community operated by the University of Bedfordshire and CORE Education UK.
Karen will be the Senior e-Fellow, representing the Asia-Pacific region, assisting in the induction of e-Fellows from each of the other four UNESCO regions, socialising UNESCO resources and messages, and doing what she does so well: motivating and enthusing people to contribute to online discussions and collaboration.
In November 2012 UNESCO launched the three year Education First programme, with one of the priorities being the development of global citizenship. To support this, UNESCO Asia-Pacific are focusing on ‘Learning to Live Together’, which is characterised by understanding diversity and working towards common social goals. Knowledge sharing and “catalytic cooperation” will be the focus for the education communities’ activity in the next twelve months.
Congratulations to Karen for this achievement, and we can expect to see opportunities for contributions in the Education Communities in the near future.