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“The world needs a literate and environmentally aware citizenry and work force to help guide nations in implementing their sustainability plans. All sectors – including business, industry, higher education, governments, nongovernmental organizations, and community organization – are encouraged to train their leaders in environmental management and to provide training to their workers.”  (UNESCO, 2006)  

“Training informs people of accepted practices and procedures and gives them skills to perform specific tasks. In contrast, education is a socially transforming process that gives people knowledge, skills, perspectives, and values through which they can participate in and contribute to their own well-being and that of their community and nation.  Training is distinct from education in that training is often specific to a particular job or class of jobs.  Training can involves tremendous change in social dynamics and practices.” (UNESCO, 2006)

Below are some examples of the current international teacher training programs.

  1. Peace Education
  2. Emergency Education
  3. Renewable Energy Education
  4. Gender Education
  5. Enterprise & Economic Development
  6. Environment Education
  7. Health Education
  8. HIV/AIDS Education
  9. Leadership/Democracy Education
  10. Youth Education

It is so important for there to be vast diversity in the international teacher training programs.  The focus isn’t only on education as it pertains to degrees and certifications but to things on a social level that inhibit the 21st century learner.  In order to transform individuals through education others aspects such as health, clean water, and nutrition must be competiting priorities to intellectual intelligence in the classroom.  Teachers Without Borders and Academy for Educational Development have revolutionary ideas that are changing lives and the state of education worldwide!

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