09.10.2014 - UNESCO Office in Jakarta

UNESCO Initiates Malaysia-Funded ESD Activity in Tonga

Tongatapu, Tonga, 30 September 2014 – For Small Island Developing States (SIDS), Climate Change can have significant and profound effects on economies and ways of life. Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) presents an opportunity to introduce and reinforce climate change adaptation and mitigation measures to learners in both formal and non-formal education.

As part of its ongoing programme to strengthen ESD in the education systems of Asia and the Pacific, the UNESCO office in Jakarta recently organized a partnership meeting in Tongatapu, Tonga to initiate a two-year ESD activity in the country. The project is supported by the Malaysian-Funds-in-Trust and aims to support Tonga’s Ministry of Education integrate practical ESD into the education system.

The meeting was attended by representatives from Ministry of Education, Ministry of Environment, the Tonga Teacher Education Institute, the Tongan National Commission to UNESCO, the UNESCO office in Apia, and school principals and directors. As a first step under project implementation, UNESCO and government partners agreed to conduct a survey of current ESD initiatives in Tonga, with a view toward capacity building in 2015.

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