1:00 PM, 09 Mar 2021 - , Online

Introduction to the UN SDGs and Education as a Humanitarian Response

Centre for Global Development

THEME: ‘The UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Science and the Social Sciences: Engaging the Wider Community’

 The CGD Online Seminar Series is convened by Dr Rosarii Griffin (FRSA)

Tuesday, 9th March, 2021 Online 1-2pm 

'Introduction to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Education as a Humanitarian Response 


Dr Rosarii Griffin


This seminar will give an overview of the origins of how the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) morphed into the Sustainable Development Goals (SGDs), and how these SDGs have come to frame global sustainable development worldwide. The seminar will show how education is a humanitarian response in addressing issues of poverty, health, environmental concerns and human rights. However, education in and of itself is not a panacea for all of societies' ills. Drawing on theoretical frameworks in education, psychology and business, education is proven to be a powerful tool to address some of the world's most critical problems, as framed through and by the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This seminar will explore how education is considered to be a humanitarian response which can ensure and secure sustainable development, and how education can ultimately be effective in tackling poverty. 


Dr Rosarii Griffin's background is in 'International and Comparative Education' (DPhil, Oxford). A BA graduate from UCC (English and Philosophy), she originally qualified as a secondary school teacher, teaching in the greater Cork area. Rosarii then became a Researcher on UCC's 'Multiple Intelligences' Project taking her to Harvard (MEd). Later, during her doctoral studies at Oxford, Rosarii became interested in global educational development issues thanks to her supervisor's work with the World Bank, the UN and UNESCO. Rosarii went on to lead an HEA-Irish Aid (€1.8m) funded project at MIC/UL, as Director of a 'Centre for Global Development though Education'. Later, Rosarii returned to UCC continuing her interest in development with UCC's Centre for Global Development. Rosarii has published 6 books in global comparative educational issues and is currently working on a 7th. Rosarii also represents Researchers locally, nationally and internationally in relation to precarity, equity and EDI matters, especially gender. Rosarii is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, London since 2001. She also works with the media. 

Free - all welcome. Organised by Centre for Global Development, UCC

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