Capacity Development for Agenda 2030 in Zambia and Zimbabwe

This project focuses on supporting teacher educators in six universities in Zambia and Zimbabwe to integrate sustainable development priorities and goals into their teacher education programmes. It aims to strengthen implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), especially through Goal 4, which seeks to "ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote life-long learning opportunities for all".

Improving the quality and relevance of education increases the potential for Southern Africa, including Zambia and Zimbabwe, to confront current sustainability challenges of high levels of poverty and unemployment, a degrading natural resource base, food security risk due to climate change and inadequate institutional development. This project is therefore also expected to contribute to achieving Goal 12 (ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns) and Goal 13 (take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts).

The capacity development for Agenda 2030 in Zambia and Zimbabwe is also an educational response to the aspiration of the African Union Agenda 2063, which aims to establish a prosperous region characterised by sustainable inclusive growth, peace and good governance. Education is a critical component of this agenda, not only as a development goal in its own right, but also because education supports engagement with all 17 Goals, bringing new focus to education, learning processes and curricula, including teacher education curricula and programmes.

The SDGs, applied to Zimbabwe and Zambia, seek to link development priorities to a comprehensive policy agenda in a way that creates synergy and establishes a more effective response to global, regional and national challenges. Poverty, health, sanitation, energy, employment, unsustainable economic growth and environmental protection are closely intertwined in this capacity development programme.

The project is carried out with financial support from the Swedish Institute.

  • Duration: 2019
  • Partners: Copperbelt University (Zambia), SWEDESD
  • Funders: Swedish Institute
  • Contact: Shepherd Urenje, shepherd.urenje@swedesd.uu.se