Join UNTIL Finland and Finnish partners in developing digital commercial solutions for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG)!
In 2020, there will be two separate Online SDG Boosters focusing on the education sector. One is for those who are interested in East Africa (August and September) and the other one is for those interested in Central Asia (November). You can already register for the Online SDG Boosters via the link below.
SDG Boosters – the concept
Starting in early 2020, the brand-new SDG Boosters will bring together companies, Non-Governmental Organizations, financial instruments and thematic experts to develop solutions and projects to address concrete needs identified from developing countries.
With the help of our local networks, we have identified main challenges and needs related to education during the 2019 eLearning Africa conference. The companies and organizations attending the Online SDG Boosters are expected to come together and create solutions and consortia in order to respond to the identified challenges. After the Online SDG Boosters, there is an opportunity to join Finnpartnership for a visit to the countries to present the projects to key local stakeholders (if this is not possible due to the COVID-19 situation, this will be organized online).
The third (East Africa) and fourth (Central Asia) of the new SDG Boosters by Finnpartnership, United Nations Technology Innovation Labs (UNTIL) Finland, Fingo and Business Finland are about Education and more specifically about Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) and SDG 4.7: Global Citizenship Education.
What is SDG 4.7: Global Citizenship Education?
SDG 4.7 target explicitly links education to other SDG and aligns with a lifelong learning framework as it expects to “By 2030, ensure that all learners acquire the knowledge and skills needed to promote sustainable development, including, among others, through education for sustainable development and sustainable lifestyles, human rights, gender equality, promotion of a culture of peace and non‐violence, global citizenship and appreciation of cultural diversity and of culture’s contribution to sustainable development."
Co-creation and development of solutions at SDG Boosters
In 2020, two separate education SDG Boosters are arranged. One is for those who are interested in East Africa and the other one is for those interested in Central Asia. The Boosters will be held online and the participants are expected to participate in all the sessions. The visit to the target country is optional.
- Online SDG Booster (East Africa) – Orientation Session (1-2 hours), 13 August 2020
- Online SDG Booster (East Africa) – 1st Session, 20 August 2020
- Online SDG Booster (East Africa) – 2nd Session, 4 September 2020
- Target country event of East Africa will be held online (details to be confirmed)
- Online SDG Boosters (Central Asia) – November 2020 (dates to be confirmed)
- Target country event of Central Asia will be held in Uzbekistan (details to be confirmed)
After the orientation at the 1st Session, we come together to assess the needs and the suitability of our solutions. We begin the process of co-creating and developing our projects and consortia. At the 2nd Session, we continue to shape our products and projects and identify their development impacts and unique value propositions. We also learn to utilize public funding such as Finnpartnership and Business Finland. The Education SDG Boosters are held in cooperation with the Finnish National Agency for Education.
Preliminary agenda of 1st and 2nd Session
The Booster workshops start at 8:30 with registration and morning coffee, there is lunch break at 11:20 – 12:30 and the wrap-up of the day will take place at 12:30 – 13:30. After the official part of the workshop, there is possibility to stay and continue discussions with the organizers and experts till 15:00. A more specific agenda will be published prior to the event.
When registering please let us know if you would like to take part in the SDG Booster focusing on East Africa, or the Booster focusing on Central Asia or both. SDG Booster (Central Asia) sessions will be arranged in November (dates to be confirmed).
Please note that the organizers reserve the right to select the most suitable participants in order to ensure cross-sectoral contribution to the Boosters.
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