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4 Jul 2024

Jeffrey Cheah Foundation and Un-sdsn Launch Nationwide Sustainable Development Education Programme


The Jeffrey Cheah Foundation and the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) launched a teacher professional development programme to advance Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) at the “ESD for 2030 Regional Meeting on Transforming the Futures of Education” at Sunway University earlier today.

This initiative, supported by the Ministry of Education, will see the development and delivery of a capacity-building development programme on ESD for teachers in Malaysian national and national-type schools.

This teacher professional development programme in ESD is carried out with the support of Malaysia’s Ministry of Education through Education Policy Planning and Research Division (EPRD), adapting and applying global ESD competencies and frameworks to local contexts.

Sunway group founder and chairman Tan Sri Sir Dr. Jeffrey Cheah KBE AO shared, “I am delighted to announce that the Jeffrey Cheah Foundation has decided it will fund the expansion of this programme to 30 more schools soon, involving more than 2,500 teachers nationwide.

“Many schools have already expressed their interest to be beneficiaries of the programme and this highlights the keen interest among Malaysian teachers for professional development in Education for Sustainable Development.”

Professor Jeffrey Sachs, President of the UN-SDSN and Sir Jeffrey Cheah Distinguished Professor at Sunway University added,  “SDG 4: Quality Education is the centre to which all SDGs rely on. This gives great importance to the teacher professional development programme being done here by the Jeffrey Cheah Foundation,” he said.

The ceremony was officiated by Malaysia’s Ministry of Education Madam Fadzilah Fadzil, who serves as the Undersecretary of Strategic Planning and International Relations and as Secretary-General of the Malaysian National Commission for UNESCO (MNCU), who stood in for YB Fadhlina Sidek, Minister of Education for Malaysia as well as President of the Malaysian National Commission for UNESCO.

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