Abstract: The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) introduced by the United Nations, have been envisaged to eradicate poverty, save environment and to make world a just place for everyone. Out of the 17 SDGs, the 4th Goal is Quality Education. It is well understood that all the 17 SGDs intersect with each other, but education stimulates all the other goals in a significant way. This is so, because sustainability is not only a policy or goal but a choice to be made by individuals. The choices towards sustainability can be made only when citizens expand their boundaries and include needs and struggles of ‘others’ into their own. Progressing towards these goals require working at the grassroot level and education is an ideal avenue for this. But the truth is that though, India is committed to achieve SDGs we are not sure what and how our education system is responding to this call. Thus, in an effort to understand this trajectory the proposed talk will engage with conceptions and status of education for sustainability in India.
About the Speaker: Shalini Dixit is an Assistant Professor at NIAS. She has her PhD from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. She has had a broad exposure to all the foundational areas of psychology and has specialized in Cultural and Cognitive Processes and critical aspects of Educational Psychology. Apart from teaching in University of Delhi, she has earlier worked with tribal children in Southern Rajasthan with Save the Children and has done ethnographic study in her doctoral work with the Santali Tribal Community in Jharkhand, India.