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SWAROVSKI Waterschool


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SWAROVSKI Waterschool
Case Study Session
Mr. Wande Gongba, RCE Greater Shangri-La
12th Asia-Pacific Regional RCE Meeting
4-6 June, 2019, Hangzhou, China

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SWAROVSKI Waterschool

  1. 1. Wande Gongba Shangri-la Institute for Sustainable Communities & RCE Greater Shangri-La Hangzhou, China June 5, 2019
  2. 2. 2 Swarovski Waterschool • 7 countries: Austria (Danube), Brazil (Amazon), China (Yangtze), India (Ganges), Thailand (Mekong Delta), Uganda (Nile) and USA (Mississippi) • Reached over 270,000 students in more than 2,000 schools • 8,700 teachers trained • 565,000 community members involved • 17 years of sustainable programming including employee and partner-driven local activation • Impressive, yet… where is social impact?
  3. 3. Shangri-la Institute for Sustainable Communities RCE Greater Shangri-La United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation Ministry of Education of China: National Centre for Curriculum and Textbook Development SWAROVKI Higher learning institutions, 100 schools and their communities in 15 regions across 6 river basins in China. Swarovski Waterschool China--main partners
  4. 4. SWS China Project Locations—6 River Basins
  5. 5. Purpose, principles and approaches Purpose  Foster environmental stewardship in selected watersheds of China through participatory learning and action by schools and communities Principles  Enhance education  Foster environmental stewardship  Build community vitality Three levels of learning  Individual  Organisational  Societal
  6. 6. Work Packages
  7. 7. Water School for a Living Yangtze (2008--)
  8. 8. Running 6,350 kilometers from Tibet Plateau to the Pacific Ocean, the Yangtze cuts through the heart of China and serves as a source of livelihood to a large part of China’s population. The Yangtze River Basin covers an area of 1.8 million square km, encompassing: 1/5 of China’s total territory 1/3 of the nation’s total population 1/4 of its total arable land.
  9. 9. The fertile Yangtze River Basin sustains a large part of China’s huge population; by producing 70% of all paddy rice, one-third of the country’s cotton, 48% of its freshwater fish and 40% of the total industrial output value. In addition, the river basin is home to many rare and endangered species, including: the giant panda, the black-necked crane, the Yangtze Finless Porpoise, the Yunnan Golden Monkey and the Yangtze River dolphin. (IUCN Redlist)
  10. 10. Key Features (and Examples) 1. Incorporating ESD into school curriculum — nation wide 2. Linking with traditional culture—e.g. through poetry, music, drama, story telling in the Pearl River basin and Yangtze 3. Learning through action—(e.g. Youth Leadership Project in Yunnan place/problem/real issue based 4. Engaging broader communities (social learning)—shared learning and action at national and international levels (Sichuan Furongxi)
  11. 11. 1. Incorporate ESD into school curriculum ► Long Term Impact ► Reorient education  Purpose – 修齐治平  Contents - knowledge (IK and modern), skills (traditional practice) and values (deep belief systems)  Methods – interactive, student centered, place based, problem based, working on real issues community face etc.
  12. 12. 2. Linking with local culture
  13. 13. Tibetan Children’s Newspaper
  14. 14. Sustainable Communities in Tangka Painting by Water School Students of Dongzhulin Monastery
  15. 15. Three Poisons and Antidotes Wheel of Life Greed, Anger and Ignorance
  16. 16. Relationship with others Compassion Co-operation Non-violence and peace
  17. 17. Relationship with the rest of nature Longevity of mountain, water, forest, rocks, animals and people Compassion for community of life and nature
  18. 18. Rest of Nature Society Community Self Commonly shared value (BCD) -- Harmony
  19. 19. 3. Learning through action, e.g. Youth Leadership Project
  20. 20. 4. Reaching out to broader communities – Furongxi Project ► Engage the whole community including government in Furongxi township – benefiting some 80,000 people
  21. 21. Learning and Action at 3 Levels
  22. 22. SWS CHINA MANAGEMENT STRUCTURE MoE-NCCT National Coordination Centers SISC SWAROVSKI UNESCO SC YN GZ CQ HB HN JX SH GD XZ BJQH (15 Regional Coordination Centers in 12 Provinces) 120 Schools To reached over 200,000 students and their Communities IM
  23. 23. Thank you Welcome to visit us in Shangri-la!