The world currently faces unprecedented catastrophic levels of acute food insecurity, according to UN agencies, and around $6.6 billion is needed urgently, to support 41 million in danger of sliding into famine.
To ramp up support, the United Nations on Monday convened a high-level event, calling for international action, before it is too late.
Close to half a million people are experiencing famine-like conditions (IPC phase 5, under the official classification) in Ethiopia, Madagascar, South Sudan and Yemen. In recent months, vulnerable populations in Burkina Faso and Nigeria have also been subjected to these same conditions.
In addition, 41 million people worldwide face emergency levels of food insecurity (IPC 4), only one slip away from the edge of famine, representing a 50 per cent increase in just two years.
Millions more are experiencing crisis levels of acute food insecurity (IPC 3) and are at real risk of rapid deterioration.
The course consists of four chapters, complete with interactive features and audiovisual materials. Before delving into the uses of the MoW Register, the first chapter introduces the work of UNESCO and its MoW Programme. The second chapter provides concrete ideas about which Register items to introduce and how in the four different subject areas. It also provides practical case studies and resources for enhancing the learning experience of students.
The third chapter includes ready-made lesson plans that teachers can download and use directly in their classrooms. Finally, the fourth chapter provides tips on how to build close partnerships with local communities as well as archives, libraries, and museums among other institutions.
The course is in English and takes less than 45 minutes to complete. Teachers and educators can take it in their own time and easily resume where they left off. They can also propose their own lesson plans, which can later be added to the course and shared with other teachers from around the world.
The MoW Programme commissioned this course as part of its strategy to raise awareness about the MoW Register and, more generally, about the significance of documentary heritage. Teachers and educators are key to this effort, and the MoW Register can in turn be a great tool for enriching curricula.