The Blue Dot features articles showcasing UNESCO MGIEP’s (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization | Mahatama Gandhi Institute of Education for Peace and Sustainable Development) activities and areas of interest. The magazine’s overarching theme is the relationship between education, peace, sustainable development and global citizenship. The Blue Dot’s role is to engage with readers on these issues in a fun and interactive manner. The magazine is designed to address audiences across generations and walks of life, thereby taking the discourse on education for peace, sustainable development and global citizenship beyond academia, civil society organisations and governments, to the actual stakeholders.
This seventh issue includes a foreword by the Former Minister of Education of Mali, H.E. Adama Samassékou on how education systems need to be re-looked at to incorporate personalised learning and technology as an enabler and the Cover Story, which focuses on the importance of socio-emotional learning.
Additionally, it features opinions by specialists from academia, research, policymaking and the industry on the need to relook at education systems for the future. Amongst various experts, we hear from Andreas Schleicher, Director of Education and Skills and Special Advisor on Education Policy to the Secretary-General at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD); Anneli Rautiainen from the Finnish National Agency for Education as well as Pratik Mehta, Head of Education & Skills, Microsoft India.Further, it presents short blogs from the youth about what future education systems mean to them and hears from Nobel Laureate, Ms Tawakkol Karman on the importance of education for peace.