Race and racism, the Sustainable Development Goals and the 'global learning crisis'

The Oxford Scholar 427 Swanston Street Melbourne, VIC 3000

In 2015, the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) agreed and endorsed a series of 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) under the banner of a resolution titled Transforming Our World: The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

UNESCO UNEVOC @ the School of Education RMIT, and the EU Centre at RMIT, in collaboration with the Royal Society of Arts
(RSA ANZ), aspire to play a role in promoting conversations about the SDGs. Pedagogy in the Pub is a series of discussions where invited speakers critically engage with the SDGs.

At this session of Pedagogy at the Pub Arathi Sriprakash will consider how matters of race and racism have been treated within the SDGs, focusing on education and the ‘global learning crisis’. How can the field of education and international development better address its colonial past and what is its continued role in sustaining systems of racial domination?

The session examines recent research on this question and encourages participants to identify and discuss how racism plays out in the knowledge-industries of international development – perhaps in relation to their own work.