As the end of the year approaches, the schools always ask us about the UNESCO themes for the next school year. In this way, this letter aims to guide you on the main focuses of work. There are three areas of choice that schools can follow, as shown below:
Strategic themes of the PEA-UNESCO Network: the PEA-UNESCO Network defines in its strategic planning as permanent themes the culture of peace, intercultural learning and education for sustainable development. The schools should always keep this in mind, as these are issues that are at the heart of the program. These themes include enhancing the cultural heritage of humanity, which are tangible and intangible world heritage sites, as well as international priority projects, such as the theme of climate change.
UN / UNESCO priorities: in addition to the specific themes of the PEA-UNESCO Network, schools should also develop projects linked to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), especially on SDG 4, which deals with Education for all.
Calendar: finally, we have the calendar of international decades, years, weeks and days of UNESCO. In this context, The International Year of Plant Health, 2020, is particularly important. With the choice of this theme, UNESCO draws attention to plant health, including crucial themes, such as pest control, biodiversity protection, loss reduction, among others.
It is also important to look at the International Decades, in particular:
· International Decade for People of African Descent (2015/2024)
· United Nations Decade for Deserts and the Fight against Desertification (2010/2020)
· Decade of Action for Road Safety (2011/2020)
· United Nations Decade on Biodiversity (2011/2020)
· Decade of Sustainable Energy for All (2014/2024)
· International Decade for Action: Water for Sustainable Development (2018-2028)