Building a Reciprocal Relationship between Education and SDG 11
This paper addresses the following points:
Building a reciprocal relationship between education and the SDGs is a prerequisite for urban transformation and sustainability.
In a predominantly urban world, educating for all the SDGs must have an increasing urban sensitivity and also be able to address the specialist needs of SDG11.
Education to support SDG11 is a new area, that is currently not well defined or actively supported by formal and informal educational curricula.
Urban education for sustainable development needs complex skills development, even beyond that offered in traditional urban curricula.
So far, pedagogic innovation has come from within the urban sector itself and has had strong traction in the global south and more limited take up in the global north.
Focusing on the experiences of the southern urban training hubs, we showcase urban higher educational innovation across MOOCs, new courses, new universities, new education networks. These examples demonstrate how a focus on sustainable development can be structured to provide a whole city perspective; these are examples that can and must be scaled up.