Equity, Inclusion and the Future of STEM Learning: Exploring the Intersection of SDG4 and Canada 2067 November 27, 2018 – Ottawa, Ontario

Canada 2067 was conceptualized to shape the future of education in Canada – specifically related to Kindergarten to Grade 12 learning in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Developed through a year-long effort that convened stakeholders, gathered insights, and reviewed global policy initiatives, Canada 2067 looks towards the bicentennial year when today’s teens will be considering their retirement to enhance learning opportunities today.

As a signatory in 2015, Canada committed to contributing to the achievement of the United Nations’ 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The international community recognizes that education is essential for the success of all 17 of its goals. Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 4 is to ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all. It includes a suite of objectives to guide the efforts of countries around the world.

When taken together, Canada 2067 offers a set of meaningful indicators and stakeholder recommendations that contribute to meeting our SDG4 target. On November 27th Canada 2067, led by Let’s Talk Science, and the Canadian Commission for UNESCO (CCUNESCO) convened key agents of change in Ottawa to discuss and explore how Canada can fulfill its obligations related to UNESCO’s Sustainable Development Goal 4 (SDG4) in synergy with Canada 2067.

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Through an extensive national consultation process with industry, government, education stakeholders and influencers, interested Canadians, and more than 1000 youth, the Canada 2067 initiative identified key recommendations to support and catalyze a vision and objectives for primary and secondary education in Canada.  This paper explores the intersection between Canada 2067 and the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal 4 (SDG4), which is focused on quality and accessible education. It builds the case that implementing Canada 2067 recommendations will support Canada’s commitment to achieving SDG4, ensuring inclusive and equitable quality education for all.

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