Publications

CMEC Reference Framework for Successful Student Transitions

At its 106th meeting, CMEC approved the CMEC Reference Framework for Successful Student Transitions and two accompanying tools: a self-assessment tool and action plan template. The Reference Framework reflects shared perspectives on transitions and signals the importance of the issue for CMEC. Each jurisdiction may use the elements that best suit its specific objectives and context. The draft assessment tool and action plan template are resources that can be used by provinces and territories, as well as the many stakeholders engaged in work to improve transitions, to gauge the development of initiatives and set out future plans within the context of the Reference Framework.

Categories: Indigenous Education, Access to Learning, Adult Education, Apprenticeship, At-risk students, Diversity, Education for sustainable development, Elementary and secondary education, Enrolment and graduation, Equity, Guidance and counselling, Learner transitions, Lifelong learning, Postsecondary education

UNESCO World Education Forum 2015 (WEF), Incheon, Republic of Korea, May 19–22, 2015

This report contains the main outcomes of the UNESCO World Education Forum 2015 (WEF), along with interventions by the Canadian delegation. At the forum, participants took stock of achievements and shortfalls in the implementation of the Dakar Framework for Action – Education for All: Meeting our Collective Commitment, including the Education for All (EFA) goals and the education-related Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), over the period 2000–2015. The conference concluded with the adoption of the Incheon Declaration, which encourages countries to provide inclusive, equitable, quality education and lifelong learning opportunities for all by 2030.

Categories: Education for sustainable development, Inclusive Education, International Organizations and Meetings, Lifelong learning, Cooperation and Partnerships

UNESCO World Conference on Education for Sustainable Development 2014, Aichi-Nagoya, Japan, November
10–12, 2014

This report contains the main outcomes of the UNESCO World Conference on Education for Sustainable Development 2014, along with interventions by the Canadian delegation at the Education Commission. At the conference, participants reviewed the past decade and discussed the post-2015 development agenda. The conference closed with the adoption of the Aichi-Nagoya Declaration, which calls on all nations to implement the Global Action Programme on ESD (GAP) to move the ESD agenda forward.

Categories: Education for sustainable development, International Organizations and Meetings, Cooperation and Partnerships

Canada's Response to UNESCO Questionnaires on the UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development, 2005–2014: Education for Sustainable Development after 2014 and UN Decade of ESD Final Report

This report is in response to the request from UNESCO that its Member States complete two questionnaires on the UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development 2005–2014 (UNDESD). Questionnaire 1 focuses on collecting information on Canada's priorities for ESD after the end of UNDESD. Questionnaire 2 focuses on compiling Canada's achievements and challenges over the decade. Canada's responses were developed jointly by CMEC and the Canadian Commission for UNESCO (CCU).

Categories: Education data and research, Education for sustainable development, International Organizations and Meetings, Teachers and Teaching, Cooperation and Partnerships

Education Commission of the 37th Session of the UNESCO General Conference, Paris, France, November 7–9, 2013

This report contains the main outcomes of the 37th Session of the UNESCO General Conference held in November 2013, along with interventions by the Canadian delegation at the Education Commission. The 37th session focused on a variety of issues, including the 2014-17 budget for the commission, Education beyond 2015, the potential global standard-setting instrument on the recognition of higher-education qualifications, and the United Nations Decade of Education for Sustainable Development post-2014 – Global Action Programme.

Categories: Adult Education, Civic and Citizenship Education, Education data and research, Education for sustainable development, Foreign credential recognition, International Organizations and Meetings, Literacy, Technical and vocational education

Education for Sustainable Development in Canadian Faculties of Education

This study examines how Canadian faculties of education are incorporating ESD into their pre-service programs, research, and other activities. It was produced by the CMEC Education for Sustainable Development Working Group (ESDWG), in partnership with the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) and Learning for a Sustainable Future (LSF).

Categories: Curriculum, Education data and research, Education for sustainable development, Postsecondary education

Educating for Sustainability: The Status of Sustainable Development Education in Canada

This report was prepared for the Council of Ministers of Education, Canada, by Manitoba Education and Training (Sustainable Development Initiative). It was developed to serve three purposes: first, to provide a historical review of sustainable development/sustainability and a rationale for educating for sustainability; second, to provide a current and comprehensive view of the progress that has occurred across Canada with regard to sustainable-development education; and third, to provide an appropriate context for continuing dialogue and identifying a relevant framework for desired future action.

Categories: Curriculum, Education for sustainable development, Teacher education and professional development, Teaching tools and Resources

United Nations Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (2005-14) - Canada's Response to the UNESCO Questionnaire

The United Nations has declared the years 2005 to 2014 as the Decade of Education for Sustainable Development, under the leadership of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). One of the first steps in implementing plans for the decade was to get an early sense of the activities in place or planned in member countries. To that end, UNESCO circulated a questionnaire requesting input about action plans, events, and the major parties involved. This report details the involvement of 11 of the 13 provincial and territorial governments, as well as of civil society and the federal government.

Categories: Curriculum, Education for sustainable development

Report to UNECE and UNESCO on Indicators of Education for Sustainable Development

The United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) asked member states to report on their implementation of the Strategy for Education for Sustainable Development in formal, non-formal, and informal settings, within the context of the United Nations Decade of Education for Sustainable Development. This report was structured around the nine main issues outlined in the UNECE questionnaire: policy, regulation, and operational frameworks; formal, non-formal, and informal learning; educators; tools and resources; research and development; cooperation; indigenous knowledge; challenges and obstacles; and assistance needed. The document includes the policies and programs from 2005 to 2007 of the provinces and territories, non-governmental and civil-society organizations, and departments of the federal government.

Categories: Curriculum, Education for sustainable development, Education systems structure and operation, Lifelong learning, Teaching tools and Resources

Developing a Pan-Canadian ESD Framework for Collaboration and Action - Background Paper

The purpose of this background paper is two-fold: to provide the international context for work on ESD in Canada and to lay out CMEC's commitment to ESD, in order to provide a rationale for the development of a pan-Canadian ESD Framework for Action and Collaboration.

Categories: Education for sustainable development