Explained: How Srinagar earned UNESCO creative tag

What is the news? Recently, UNESCO has selected Srinagar as part of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network (UCCN) under the Crafts and Folk Arts category. Srinagar became one of 49 cities worldwide to join the UNESCO Creative Cities Network (UCCN). About the inclusion of Srinagar in UCCN The Indian National Commission for Cooperation with UNESCO… Continue reading Explained: How Srinagar earned UNESCO creative tag

India’s school system faces acute shortage of teachers, says UNESCO report

What is the news? United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has recently released its 2021 State of the Education Report (SOER) for India: “No Teachers, No Class”. About the State of the Education Report (SOER) for India It is an annual flagship report of UNESCO New Delhi. So far, two editions have been… Continue reading India’s school system faces acute shortage of teachers, says UNESCO report

Peace at the heart of education

Synopsis: Pandemic has increased the social divisions. To overcome social divisions and promote peace, India should promote education. Introduction On October 2, everyone gathers to celebrate the ideals of peace by marking the birthday of Mahatma Gandhi. The day presents an opportunity to explore the causes of violence and reassert a commitment to building a… Continue reading Peace at the heart of education

UNESCO declares world’s first 5-country biosphere reserve in ‘Amazon of Europe’

What is the news?  Recently, UNESCO designated Mura-Drava-Danube (MDD) as the world’s first ‘five-country biosphere reserve.  The biosphere reserve covers 700 kilometres of the Mura, Drava and Danube rivers and stretches across Austria, Slovenia, Croatia, Hungary and Serbia. The total area of the reserve — a million hectares — in the so-called ‘Amazon of Europe’, makes it the… Continue reading UNESCO declares world’s first 5-country biosphere reserve in ‘Amazon of Europe’

UNESCO includes Panna in the “World network of Biosphere Reserves”.

News: UNESCO’s Man and the Biosphere(MAB) programme has included Panna Biosphere Reserve to UNESCO’s World Network of Biosphere Reserves.   Facts: Panna Biosphere Reserve: It is located in the state of Madhya Pradesh. Vegetation: Panna is characterized by forests and marshy vegetation, with an abundance of rare medicinal plants as well as other non-timber forestry… Continue reading UNESCO includes Panna in the “World network of Biosphere Reserves”.

Virtual Event on UNESCO-IOC Tsunami Ready Recognition to Odisha Communities

News: The Odisha State Disaster Management Authority(OSDMA) has implemented the Tsunami Ready programme in two villages. Facts: Tsunami Ready Programme: It is a community performance-based programme initiated by the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission(IOC) of UNESCO. Aim: To promote tsunami preparedness through active collaboration of public, community leaders and national and local emergency management agencies. Objectives: To… Continue reading Virtual Event on UNESCO-IOC Tsunami Ready Recognition to Odisha Communities

COVID-19 widened educational divide: UNESCO report

News: UNESCO has released a report titled “Global Education Monitoring Report 2020”. Facts: Theme: “Inclusion and education: All means all”. Aim: To monitor progress towards Sustainable Development Goal 4 (SDG 4) on education as well as other education-related points in the SDG Agenda. Additional Facts: SDG 4: It aims to ensure inclusive and equitable quality… Continue reading COVID-19 widened educational divide: UNESCO report

Global Education Coalition(GEC)

News:The Global Education Coalition has been launched by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization(UNESCO). Facts: Aim:To facilitate inclusive learning opportunities for children and youth during this period of sudden and unprecedented educational disruption. Members:It is an open partnership that includes international organizations (ILO,UNICEF,WB among others) , private sector partners (Facebook, Google) and Philanthropic… Continue reading Global Education Coalition(GEC)

Indian National Commission for Cooperation with UNESCO

News:Recently,the Indian Commission for Cooperation with UNESCO(INCCU) was chaired by the Union Human Resource Development(HRD) Minister. Facts: About INCCU: Indian National Commission for Cooperation with UNESCO(INCCU) was formed by the Government of India in 1949.It was made a permanent commission in 1951. It functions under the Department of Secondary and Higher Education in the Ministry… Continue reading Indian National Commission for Cooperation with UNESCO

Nepal’s Seke ‘near-extinct’: The six degrees of endangerment of a language

News:Recently, several newspapers have reported that the near-extinct Nepalese language ‘Seke’ has just 700 speakers around the world. Facts: About Seke Language: Seke means golden language.It is one of the over 100 indigenous languages of Nepal. It is mainly spoken in the five villages of Chuksang, Chaile, Gyakar, Tangbe and Tetang in the Upper Mustang… Continue reading Nepal’s Seke ‘near-extinct’: The six degrees of endangerment of a language