Teacher Education for Diversity and Equality in the Arctic

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Sustainable Development Working Group (SDWG)
Sustainable development of the Arctic requires teachers who are highly engaged and have a special relationship with the Arctic environment, its peoples and communities. Teachers are essential stakeholders for a sustainable circumpolar Arctic future since they have the ability to positively influence the younger generation and shape their potential. In particular, they can inspire students, build resilience in communities and open new perspectives on what it means to live in and work for the Arctic. It is crucial that teachers working with Arctic children and young people are committed to the region and its communities and that they regard their professional work as essential to their students’ future. Consequently, one of the key teacher development issues in the Arctic territories is attracting committed, excellent and well-educated teachers from the North. When successful, teachers educate the next generation to be willing, able and proud to work for and in the Arctic.