Event Information

Education and Development: Through a Global Decolonizing Lens A Networking and Collaborative Event

Wednesday, Apr 26, 2017

Time: 1:00pm – 4:00pm


BCCIC warmly invites you to attend a networking and collaboration event focused on Sustainable Development Goal 4: Quality Education for All. The event will be held at the Dutch Urban Design Center from 1 – 4pm on April 26th and will be facilitated by BCCIC Board Member and Global Educator, Noble Kelly, details below.

Education and Development: Through a Global Decolonizing Lens

A Networking and Collaborative Event

With the advent of the UN Sustainable Development Goals, education systems need to be more responsive to and representative of a more global perspective. Educational systems and institutions need to confront the impacts of globalization and ongoing colonialism if they want to engage Indigenous students and a more global student body and close education gap that exists for them.  Approaching education and development through a decolonized lens is an emerging practice.  Decolonizing school systems involves rethinking the way schooling is delivered, including curriculum, methodologies, and relationships with communities. In this interactive session, we will explore the multiple ways the idea of “global” is theorized within education systems and our work as development practitioners and suggests the utility of approaching the idea of global perspectives through decolonizing frameworks. We will then apply this framework/context as we collaborate on ways to work towards specific targets on Sustainable Development Goal 4 (SDG 4): Quality Education for All.

Opening Session Objectives (1 hr.):

1)      Identify impacts of globalization on education systems (players, politics, power, policies, and practices)

2)      Recognize the impacts of a “single story” on our actions and education

3)      Develop a working definition of “decolonization”, specifically for education

4)      Explore three approaches (deficit, accommodation, and decolonization) of the integration of “global” in education

5)      Envision and collaborate on an application of a decolonizing framework to address action in working towards the targets of SDG 4: Quality Education for All.

Break Out Sessions (2 hrs): Explore collaboration on three of the key SDG 4 sub-targets with room to explore other targets as determined by groups. Three initial sub-targets to explore:

  • Ensure that all girls and boys complete free, equitable and quality primary and secondary education leading to relevant and effective learning outcomes
  • Substantially increase the supply of qualified teachers, including through international cooperation for teacher training in developing countries, especially least developed countries and small island developing states
  • Eliminate gender disparities in education and ensure equal access to all levels of education and vocational training for the vulnerable, including persons with disabilities, indigenous peoples and children in vulnerable situations

Details for the event are provided below and space is limited so please RSVP using the link provided:

What: Education and Development: Through a Global Decolonizing Lens  

When: Wednesday, April 26, 1pm – 4pm

Where: Dutch Urban Design Centre (Dudoc), 1445 W Georgia St, Vancouver.


Cost: Free

Thank you for your interest and we expect the event to be an opportunity for rich dialogue and valuable collaboration among attendees representing some of the province’s most innovative and socially engaged organisations involved in global education. 

See you there!

Event Location

Dutch Urban Design Centre (Dudoc)
1445 W Georgia St
Vancouver, BC V6G 2T3

Event Fees:


Registration is closed for this event.

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