UNU and UNESCO African Education for Sustainable Development project enters final phase


The United Nations University (UNU) project, Education for Sustainable Development in Africa (ESDA) has begun its third and final phase.


The project started in 2008 and aims at developing a graduate-level education programme for professionals to be engaged in sustainable development in Africa.  The programme has three different Master’s degrees with specific themes:

  •  integrated environmental, economic and social development in rural Africa
  • community-based innovation for sustainable urban development in Africa
  • management of mining and mineral resources for sustainable development in Africa 

Each Master’s programme will be hosted in a different African country (Ghana, Kenya and South Africa) and organized by a network of leading universities already teaching and researching in these different fields. 

The third phase of the programme which involves testing and synthesizing the first feedbacks will run until the Programme is implemented From March 2011 on. 

Together with other UN Agencies working in the field of ESD, the DESD Secretariat of UNESCO took part in a reflection workshop held in Nairobi on 1 - 2 March 2010. The project's three Working Groups have each presented a draft master’s programme elaborated on the basis of inter-university collaboration among leading African universities and supported by Japanese universities, UNU and other relevant UN organizations including UNESCO. The meeting also considered the overall framework for the project and the possible structure for delivering these programmes by Spring 2011. 

The next working meeting of the ESDA programme partners will be held in Cape Town, South Africa, from 28 August to 1 September 2010.

For more information on the UNU ESDA Programme

please contact: Ms. Etakahashi 

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