Dr. Christina Kwauk

Kwauk and Associates, United States

Invited Speech: Working with decisionmakers to accelerate the adoption of a New Green Learning Agenda

Biography:

Kwauk and Associates, United States

Christina Kwauk is a social scientist and policy analyst with expertise on girls’ education, 21st century skills and youth empowerment, and the intersections of gender, education, and climate change. Christina is co-editor of Curriculum and Learning for Climate Action: Toward an SDG 4.7 Roadmap for Systems Change and co-author of What Works in Girls’ Education: Evidence for the World’s Best Investment. She has published numerous policy papers, including “The new green learning agenda: Approaches to quality education for climate empowerment.” Christina is an education consultant, research director at Unbounded Associates, and Head of Climate and Education at The Education Commission.

Abstract:

Globally, decisionmakers understand the importance of education for climate action. But when it comes to moving from knowledge to action, decisionmakers have been slow to shift. Part of the challenge is identifying pathways that align enough with the normative priorities of governments and institutions but that also carry the seeds of transformative change--enough to allow implementers to tackle underlying inequitable and unjust social systems at scale. In the case of education, this means encouraging education decisionmakers to see themselves (and their work) in a larger system of systems--to see education, its role and its purpose, as embedded across sectors rather than as its own silo.

This presentation will describe ongoing work with decisionmakers and stakeholders working to do just that. It will introduce a guiding framework, a New Green Learning Agenda, for education systems that speaks to a range of priorities for ministries of education yet is also oriented to the achievement of climate action and climate justice. The presentation will also provide examples of how this agenda can be and has been translated for diverse audiences, from non-formal education to postsecondary institutions, from education decisionmakers to workforce development, and more. The goal of this presentation will be to illustrate what the next evolution for education could look like.

Abstract

Ms. Christina Kwauk

Globally, decisionmakers understand the importance of education for climate action. But when it comes to moving from knowledge to action, decisionmakers have been slow to shift. Part of the challenge is identifying pathways that align enough with the normative priorities of governments and institutions but that also carry the seeds of transformative change--enough to allow implementers to tackle underlying inequitable and unjust social systems at scale. In the case of education, this means encouraging education decisionmakers to see themselves (and their work) in a larger system of systems--to see education, its role and its purpose, as embedded across sectors rather than as its own silo.

This presentation will describe ongoing work with decisionmakers and stakeholders working to do just that. It will introduce a guiding framework, a New Green Learning Agenda, for education systems that speaks to a range of priorities for ministries of education yet is also oriented to the achievement of climate action and climate justice. The presentation will also provide examples of how this agenda can be and has been translated for diverse audiences, from non-formal education to postsecondary institutions, from education decisionmakers to workforce development, and more. The goal of this presentation will be to illustrate what the next evolution for education could look like.