Project Description

Columbia T-learning


Learning to crowdsource monitoring activities

The Indian team is working with NGO groups and youth groups to monitor changes and learning towards sustainability. This involves youth-led crowdsourced monitoring of issues and how communities are responding to the issues. The monitoring includes analysis of the learning that is taking place. The nexus issues include environmental, social and economic concerns, including issues of peace, human rights, gender equality and non-violence. Methods involve development of participatory monitoring tools and mobile phone applications and analysis of the relationship between geographically located concerns and actions for change.

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Team members

The UNESCO Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Education for Peace and Sustainable (MGIEP) Development team comprises a committed group of professionals with a wide range of backgrounds and competencies. They are all inspired by the same ideals of an inclusive, connected and peaceful future for this world, which have defined the founding vision of the institute.

Programme Leader: 

Anantha Kumar Duraiappah is Director of MGIEP. He is an “undisciplined” economist. He has taught and researched at numerous universities and is a visiting professor at the IR3S at the University of Tokyo and a Fellow of the World Academy of Arts and Sciences. His present areas of research include His present areas of research include new pedagogy methods for teaching and learning and on educational systems and governance. He also works in the area of computational modelling of coupled non-linear systems and has published numerous books and articles. Professor Duraiappah was the founding report director for the highly acclaimed Inclusive Wealth Report released at the Rio+20 Summit in 2012.

S.P. Mohanty is a researcher associated with MGIEP who is currently pursing is PhD from University of Geneva. He is researching the framework for the youth led monitoring programme.

Saksham Pathak holds the role on this project of surfacing insights by analyzing the collated results to help the communities become better and to achieve the Sustainable Development Goal. hold a Bachelors of Computer Applications from Maharshi Dayanand University, Rohtak, and  Masters in Big Data & Analytics from S P Jain School of Global Management, Mumbai, India. He has 3 years of experience in IT Industry from the various organizations like HCL, IBM India, 360Digital Transformation with expertise in Data Science and Analytics.
Simon Kuany describes himself as a global nomad, self-educated in global affairs and philosophy; an outspoken youth activist. He started as UNESCO MGIEP Youth Delegate to the 9th UNESCO Youth Forum in 2015 now works with UNESCO MGIEP. Under the Rethinking Youth, he takes care of #YouthWagingPeace and TAGe under Rethinking Learning, Kuany works on the Institute’s flagship LIBRE project and was (still supports Saksham) the interim in charge of Youth-led monitoring project under Rethinking Policy. He is also the author of a book, The Enlightened Darkness, an experienced based, philosophical meditation on the causes and consequences of war; the probable path to peace.

Local transformative knowledge network partners

UNESCO MGIEP specialises in research, knowledge sharing and policy formulation in the area of education for peace, sustainability and global citizenship. One of its programmes, youth-led monitoring (YLM) of SDG Target 4.7, challenges young people ages 18-35 to become game changers by tracking progress towards the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals. UNESCO MGIEP will mobilize youth to curate and generate data on how young people are addressing critical issues covered in the Sustainable Development Goals.

They will be working with India-based youth organisations/ NGOs in two cities of India (New Delhi and other city is yet to be decided) in Phase one of the programme.

Project updates

Youth Led Monitoring Newsletter

The India T-learning team are close to launching their mobile application designed to engage youth in monitoring the Sustainable Development Goals. This is the culmination of careful engagement with youth in their communities with whom [...]

Youth spearheading social change in rural Gujarat, India

By Simon Kuany, Rajiv Ramaswamy, Saksham Pathak, Juhi Vajpayee,  Payal Mulchandani, Sharon Weir 17 October 2018 The Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Education for Peace (MGIEP) and Sustainable Development[1], UNESCO's category-1 research institute, has been working on a youth-led, technology-enabled, [...]