ProSPER.Net E-Bulletin Issue 95 (December 2020)


Message from the ProSPER.Net Secretariat

Dear Colleagues and Friends,

Greetings from the ProSPER.Net Secretariat! Closing out what has been quite a year, there is no doubt we have learned and gained from the many situations the year has presented us with. We look forward to continued collaboration within the network, joint projects, and bringing further capacity-building opportunities to you in 2021. To all member institutions and your communities, we would like to wish you a Happy Holidays!

Over the break, should you have any news, open calls, upcoming events, or publications you wish to share via this bulletin, please complete this form and email your submission to the ProSPER.Net Secretariat at (submissions close on the 15th of each month). 

Please note that the ProSPER.Net Secretariat will be closed during the UNU's official vacation period (24 December, 2020 - 1 January, 2021). We will process your requests and emails when we return in the New Year.

ProSPER.Net Secretariat

Open Calls

Reminder: Call For 2021 ProSPER.Net Event Host: Leadership Programme

The ProSPER.Net Secretariat would like to invite members to submit self-nominations to host the ProSPER.Net Leadership Programme for 2021.

Over the years, the network members have taken turns in hosting the Leadership Programme. Hosting ProSPER.Net programmes/events gives the host institute a great opportunity for networking, promotion and capacity building.

Member institutions interested in hosting can self-nominate by sending an official letter to the ProSPER.Net Secretariat. A hosting member may invite other ProSPER.Net members located in neighboring areas to co- host. In order to aid in the selection process, the following information should be included in the application letter:

• Proposed dates

• Location and capacity of proposed venue (please note, the proposal is to cover an in-person event, with an online event as a back-up, due to uncertainty related to the COVID-19 pandemic)

• Proposed theme

• Tentative sources of funding (details on budget plan)

• Contact person(s) with relevant assigned tasks and/or responsibilities

The ProSPER.Net Secretariat will gladly assist in designing an event programme and coordinating a timeline. Please note however, the event host is requested to cover the organisational costs in most cases.

Members interested in hosting the ProSPER.Net Leadership Programme are requested to submit an official letter of interest to the ProSPER.Net Secretariat ( by Sunday 31 January, 2021.

Futures of Education: Share Your Views on Non-discrimination and Equality of Opportunities

On the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the UNESCO Convention against Discrimination in Education, UNESCO is launching a global conversation on how the right to education around this Convention can evolve. Share your thoughts, ideas and reflections on how the right to education can embrace new areas to respond to emerging challenges, and their implications for ensuring quality education for all here.


UNESCO Videos: Debating the Futures of Education

UNESCO has produced a series of videos on “Debating the Futures of Education" to raise important issues that need to be discussed as we all work together to shape the futures we want. Viewers are encouraged to discuss and share their thoughts on the questions posed in the videos. The series is part of the Futures of Education initiative which aims to generate a global debate on how knowledge and learning can shape the future of humanity and the planet.

Videos available to view are:

• What needs to be learned at school with teachers and other students?

• Are our views more shaped by what we learn online than what we learn in schools?

• The new normal – what needs to be different than before?

• How can education really contribute to solving the climate crisis?

Join the discussion on social media using the hashtag #FuturesOfEducation, share a link to one of the videos, or find out more information about the Futures of Education initiative here.

This is a publication of UNU-IAS ProSPER.Net Secretariat. The bulletin is a great way to share your activities, events and news as a ProSPER.Net member with the rest of the network. Feel free to send us any information you may deem relevant for the rest of the community by completing this form and emailing it to We look forward to your inputs! Visit ProSPER.Net regularly for up-to-date news and event information.

ProSPER.Net Secretariat 

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