Dr. Charles Hopkins, UNESCO Chair of York University in Toronto and project leader of the aforesaid research, was the Keynote Speaker in the event. According to him, the involvement of teacher education institutions in the issue of ESD is critical because they not only educate new teachers, but they also update the knowledge and skills of in-service teachers. Moreover, they create teacher education curriculum, provide professional development for practicing teachers, contribute to textbooks, consult with local schools, and provide expert opinions to ministries of education. He likewise reiterated how sustainable development could be achieved without compromising the future of the next generation.
The 2nd International Research Conference on Indigenous Education and Teacher Education was organized in keeping with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal No 4.5 which aims to “eliminate gender disparities and to provide equal access to all levels of education and vocational training, including the indigenous and vulnerable, by 2030. Specifically, it hoped to generate and share relevant academic results with schools and other supporting formal education systems in order for them to better meet the local education needs of the indigenous peoples.