Webinar on SDG5 (gender equality) and teacher education

Online Event on Nov. 3rd, 2021, 10:00-13:20


The University of Vienna hosts the second Webinar of the Teach4Reach project. Scientific cooperation partners are the University of Pretoria and the Leopold-Franzens-University Innsbruck.

During this online webinar researchers, policy makers and practitioners will discuss innovative ways in which teacher education programmes can be leveraged to support the SDGs, especially SDG5. A research agenda for collaborative research between South Africa and Austria on the theme of ‘Teacher education and the SDGs’ will also be established. 




Supporting Agenda 2030 in Teacher Education

10:00 (CET)

Opening and Welcome

Ass.-Prof. Evi Agostini (University of Vienna, Austria)
Prof. Hans Karl Peterlini, „UNESCO Chair Global Citizenship Education – Culture of Diversity and Peace“ (University of Klagenfurt, Austria)



Panel discussion: How to achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls?

Prof. Vasu Reddy (University of Pretoria, South Africa)

Prof. Catriona Macleod (Rhodes University, South Africa)  

Mag. Mag. Susanne Loher (Network Südwind, Austria)

Mag. Alexandra Madl, Dipl.-Päd. (University College of Teacher Education Tyrol, Austria)

Lene Ihrig, MA (University of Innsbruck, Austria)

Moderator: Dipl.-Ing. Dr.techn. Brigitte Ratzer (TU Vienna, Austria)



Keynote address: Transforming Higher Education, Transforming the World – The Contribution of SDG5 through Global Citizenship Education

Mag. Ursula Maurič, MA (University College of Teacher Education Vienna, Austria)




Moderator: Prof. Irma Eloff (University of Pretoria, South Africa)





Teach4Reach Research

12:00 (CET)

Interactive breakaway groups: Understandings of sustainability and gender equality in the global context

(In this section of the programme participants will actively contribute to craft research agendas for SDG5 in teacher education; the sessions will be recorded and data will be used for research purposes)



·    Theme 1: Facilitator: Denis Francesconi, PhD (University of Vienna, Austria)

How can teacher education programmes be leveraged in the future to support Agenda 2030 and the SDGs?


·     Theme 2: Facilitator: Barbara Gross, PhD (Free University of Bozen-Bolzano, Italy) [German Parallel Session]

Welchen Beitrag können Lehrer*innenbildungsprogramme zukünftig leisten, um die Agenda 2030 sowie die Ziele für nachhaltige Entwicklung zu unterstützen?


·     Theme 3: Facilitator: Prof. Surette van Staden (University of Pretoria, South Africa)

In which ways does SDG5 currently feature in teacher education programmes from the Global South and the Global North?


·     Theme 4: Facilitator: Prof. Motlalepule Mampane (University of Pretoria, South Africa)

How can gender equality (SDG5) be supported and improved via teacher education programmes?


·     Theme 5: Facilitator: Dott. Sara Baroni (Free University of Bozen-Bolzano, Italy)

Within the framework of teacher education programmes, what can a university didactic setting that realizes the SDGs look like in concrete terms?


·     Theme 6: Facilitator: Sunet Grobler, MA (University of Innsbruck, Austria)

What are the success stories on supporting SDG5?



Feedback session



PhD student presentation: SDG5 – The need to read

Mag.Rer.Nat. Joseph-Sebastian Steinlechner (University of Vienna, Austria)




Moderator: Prof. Irma Eloff (University of Pretoria, South Africa)




Dr. Ann-Kathrin Dittrich (University of Innsbruck, Austria)