Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.
Obtaining a quality education strengthens a range of fundamental development drivers. SDG 4 seeks inclusive and equitable quality education and promotes lifelong learning opportunities for all. EUC researchers and educators are working across diverse institutions to support accessible education, experiential learning and curriculum that prioritizes justice and sustainability.
Geopolitical framings of subalterity in education
The research of Ranu Basu examines state-based education in the urban public spheres of Canada, Cuba and India. Long regarded as a crucial tool for decreasing inequality, increasing economic mobility, and campaigning for social justice, state-funded public education has long-term transformative impacts on the evolution of the public realm. Her research links education to the geopolitics and urban geographies of migration and displacement.
Impact of online learning on education
This research on teen girls' online dating relationships during COVID-19, by Sarah Flicker and former EUC postdoc Alanna Goldstein, has revealed that school closures and physical distancing restrictions heightened the already integral role new media and online platforms play in young people’s dating, sexual, romantic, and platonic relationships. The results from this study suggest the need for parents, educators, and policymakers to prioritize young people’s in-person relationships, through ensuring access to in-person schooling, extra-curriculars, and other social and community support.
Bringing youth from the inner city and from First Nations to build Climate Solutions Parks
The Co-operative Education and Work-Integrated Learning Canada (CEWIL Canada) has provided José Etcheverry with a grant to allow the Climate Solutions Park (CSP) team to engage college and university students to continue experiential learning opportunities to build two CSPs in Toronto and in Penetaguishene, Ontario. The new program focuses on developing a large multi-disciplinary team that will harness work-integrated learning practices to develop the CSPs online and in the two physical locations that have been selected due to their track record, accessibility and strong replication potential.
Making sex education more accessible to young people by theatre
Shira Taylor is currently a CIHR Postdoctoral Fellow at EUC. Shira created the award-winning workshop and performance program, SExT: Sex Education by Theatre(@SExTEdShow) designed to address sexual health inequities facing newcomer and Indigenous youth. SExT received the ArtBridges/ToilesDesArts Remarkable Innovation Award, while Taylor received CIHR Gold, a Gairdner Award, and the TD Michaëlle Jean Bursary for excellence in addressing issues of national concern through art. Her postdoctoral research will expand on her doctoral work focusing on audience impact.
Wings of transformation: A post occupancy evaluation (POE) of India’s first gender-neutral (student) hostel
One of the key tasks of Chan Arun Pina’s research/artwork is to visualize the trans potential of spaces, especially at the scale of higher education institution (HEI) and of domestic as they intersect in student housing. And, in so doing, to critically disrupt the socio-spatial reiteration of cisnormativity in urban residential landscapes. In “Wings of transformation”, they study the administration and the architecture of two on-campus student hostels at TISS University, Mumbai. This study is part of their doctoral research project titled, “Critical Geographies of Non-normative Homes: Student Housing in Delhi and Mumbai, India”
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