Big Foot Conferenece. June 6. Education for Sustainability Project_Sandra Antonovic


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Sandra Antonović, Coordinator of a network of ESD initiatives in schools in Central and Southeast Europe, Croatia, presented an Education for sustainability project

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Big Foot Conferenece. June 6. Education for Sustainability Project_Sandra Antonovic

  1. 1. Education for Sustainability June 2013
  2. 2. Who are we • Nektarina Non Profit is an international non-profit organization dedicated to educating, connecting and inspiring people to care about their communities and their environment • Founded in 2009, today active in over 30 countries across Europe and Central Asia • Highly local approach which considers cultural, religious, ethnic and any other diversity • Find out more on
  3. 3. Education 4 Sustainability – how it started Looking at the challenges that the world is facing today it is becoming increasingly clear that any successful attempt of changing the mindset must come from Education. The way in which sustainability is addressed in most educational systems (sometimes fragmented through different subjects, sometimes lacking completely) is not likely to help the future generation to face the difficulties that will come their way We believe that part of the solution can be the teaching of sustainability in a structured manner, as one separate subject
  4. 4. Education 4 Sustainability – project goals • Initiate a dialogue and obtain commitment from relevant bodies (Ministries of Education) to introduce Sustainability as a separate subject in primary and secondary school curricula • Generate a public debate and raise awareness among general population about sustainability and sustainable development as key elements for the future of our planet • Provide a free web platform for sustainability knowledge and practices sharing
  5. 5. Education 4 Sustainability – important facts We consider that: • Sustainability should be addressed and taught in all its three dimensional complexity: environmental, social and economic • All countries are different in terms of political, social, ethnical or religious factors influencing their current situation • In some countries sustainability could be introduced in the educational system as an elective subject in the beginning, so that the gap compared with current conditions is not too big • This stage of the project will focus on obtaining commitment from official bodies and not on developing teaching material for the new subject
  6. 6. Education 4 Sustainability – preparation phase • From September 2011 to May 2012 • A large amount of information was collected in regard to the educational systems, legal framework, the state of ESD, etc • Contacts list was prepared • Project website developed:
  7. 7. Education 4 Sustainability – preparation phase • All the information collected, including the part compiled for the Rio+20 Earth Summit was uploaded in a separate tab called the Wiki: • Project documentation (letters, questionnaires, reports) are also uploaded there, as the project advances
  8. 8. Education 4 Sustainability – network formation Since September 2012 we are working to establish a network of partners from each of the countries. We rely on our partners to provide the local perspective that we lack. Partners have full flexibility in designing the actions best suited to reach the project goal
  9. 9. Education 4 Sustainability – network formation Nektarina Non Profit offers its country partners support in carrying out project activities: logistics, communication, media, reporting and financial support. Country partners carry out project activities in accordance with the approved plan and budget and report at agreed intervals. The partnership is agreed by signing the Memorandum of Understanding
  10. 10. Education 4 Sustainability – implementation phase The implementation phase in every country begins with the MoU and lasts until December 2015. During this time the efforts will go towards reaching the three goals of the project. If a country manages to reach the goals before the end of this period (that would be great!) it can already prepare for the next stage.
  11. 11. Education 4 Sustainability – post 2015 After 2015 the next stage of the project will focus on creating the necessary dialogue and expert round-up needed to generate the actual curricula for all primary and secondary grades. The training of teachers will also be a part of this process.
  12. 12. Education 4 Sustainability Thank you for your attention! Any questions?