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Education for Sustainable Development


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Presentation at a Working Group with young people in London, on Education for Sustainable Development, during the London +20 event, on the 5th June 2012

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Education for Sustainable Development

  1. 1. ‘INFORMAL’  EDUCATION  FOR  SUSTAINABLE  DEVELOPMENT  Grace  Mwaura  -­‐  Advisor,  Policy  &  CommunicaHons    Africa  Youth  IniHaHve  on  Climate  Change  (AYICC)  
  2. 2. When  I  am  (not)  a  student….    ²  EducaHon  for  SD  ²  ConservaHon  ²  Climate  Change    ²  Agriculture  ²  Geographies    ²  Consultancies      
  3. 3. Principle  21  of  the  Rio  DeclaraHon    “The  crea(vity,  ideals  and  courage  of  the  youth  of  the   world   should   be   mobilized   to   forge   a   global  partnership  in  order  to  achieve  sustainable  development  and  ensure  a  be;er  future  for  all.’’  
  4. 4. Session  Structure  l  ParHcipants’  introducHons  &  Issues  of  concern  in  ESD  l  Introductory  PresentaHon  (What  we  know)  l  Group  Dialogues  (Our  experiences,  creaHvity  and  courage)  
  5. 5. Session  I  (1)  What  we  know  …(ESD  since  2005)  l  …Rio  +  20  loves  these  words:  Jobs,  Energy,  Ci3es,  Food,  Water,  Oceans,   Disasters  l  ….because  everything  seems  to  be  coming  to  an  end!  
  6. 6. THE  END  OF  KNOWLEDGE?  
  7. 7. But….  l  ….its  the  beginning  of:-­‐   l  New  knowledge   l  New  social  organizaHons   l  New  paradigms   l  New  ‘Change’   l  New  US…the  young  people   ²  We  love  these  words….Future,  skills,  training,  CHANGE,  US,  Workforce,   demographic  dividend,  capacity,  intergeneraHonal  equity……endless   world  of  dreams  
  8. 8. EducaHon  for  Sustainable  Development  (2005-­‐2014)  and  beyond  l  It’s  everyone’s  business  l  It’s  constantly  evolving  (the  old  has  gone,  but  sHll  here  with  us;  the  future  is   far  but  right  here  with  us)  l  It’s  context  based,  but  scalable  l  It’s    has  been  (can  be)  delivered  in  different  forms  and  at  different  levels  l  It’s  to  be  found  in  naHonal  plans,  public  awareness  campaigns  and    media   coverage  
  9. 9. Cont’d  l  It’s  about  ciHzens  and  their  leaders  l  It’s  about  change  in  how  we  learn,  unlearn,  and  relearn-­‐  how  we  produce   knowledge  (=  power)  l  It’s  about  quality(basic),  reorientaHon(curriculums),  public  understanding   and  awareness  (acHve  ciHzenship)  and  pracHcal  training  (workforce  skills)  l  It’s  however  a  sof  law  (Res.  57/104  of  the  UNGA,2002-­‐  ambiHous  but  no   commitments-­‐  …..but  we  can  hold  ourselves  to  account  for  not  allowing   ourselves  to  learn,  relearn,  and  unlearn….there  is  no  end  to  knowledge  
  10. 10. EducaHon  for  SD  ….8  years  ago  
  11. 11. The  Future  we  want  is  ……  l  UNCSD  Major  Group  of  Children   l  Rio  +YOU!   and  Youth  ….have  a  voice   l  Your  government  is  you   (Targets  1B  online  &  5M  offline   youth)   l  Youth  Blast  l  Official  youth  delegate  IniHaHves   l  MobilizeU  InternaHonal  CompeHHon  l  #Pushyourpresident  Campaign   l  My  City  +  20  Events    l  Water  and  Youth  
  12. 12. Successes  so  far…  l  Appropriate  ESD  programmes  l  ICT  InnovaHon  l  Youth  lifestyles  l  Commitments  by  ciHes  
  13. 13. Challenges….  l  Beyond  teaching  to  pracHce  l  Knowledge  Management-­‐  Inventory  of  the  decade  and  beyond  l  Partnerships  and  synergies  l  Media  mobilizaHon  
  14. 14. Session  I  (2)-­‐  Our  Experiences,  crea3vity  and  courage  l  What  is  the  nature  of  learning  we  should  envision  in  ESD?  The  space,  Hme,   resources,  environment,  community,  governance,  etc  How  is  this  portrayed   in  exisHng  case  studies  and  best  pracHces?  l  What  is  the  role  of  young  people  in  moving  teaching  to  pracHce?  What  are   the  exisHng  obstacles  to  overcome?  l  EducaHon  and  workforce-­‐  what  is  the  gap?  How  can  informal  educaHon  for   SD  fill  this  gap?  Does  the  Rio  +20  proposals  address  this  gap?  l  Whom  have  we  lef  off  the  bus  in  ESD?  Who  should  be  involved,  and  how?  
  15. 15. Structure  of  Session  II    l  Feedbacks  (Making  knowledge  travel)  l  ConsolidaHon  by  the  Group  reporters  l  QuesHon  and  Answers    l  Wrap-­‐  up  
  16. 16.     Thengiu       Asante   Thank  you  J   Amegesnalu    Merci     Arigato