UNESCO organizes Green Schools Asia workshop in Jakarta
UNESCO Jakarta gathered more than 200 international and national education practitioners, policy makers and stakeholders from across the Asian region for its ‘Green Schools Asia Workshop’ held on 27 and 28 June 2013 at the Bidakara Hotel in Jakarta. The Workshop provided a forum to showcase activities from a Green Schools pilot project in Banjarmasin, as well as case studies from other educators and professionals promoting models of Education for Sustainable Development across the Asian region.
In his opening speech, UNESCO Director and Representative Hubert Gijzen remarked that the workshop took place ‘at a defining moment in time’, noting that the upcoming 2015 deadline for the EFA and MDG initiatives would usher in a new and more ‘comprehensive’ development agenda that would need to recognize ‘poverty eradication and sustainable development as two sides of the same coin’.
On the workshop’s first day, twenty teachers from the Banjarmasin Green Schools pilot shared their experiences of the project. These presentations were followed by other national and international case studies of environmental and climate change education.
On the second day, education practitioners from Asian countries shared their perspectives on ESD policy and practice and participated in a dialogue session on the role of education in preparing local and national stakeholders for the transition toward sustainability. At the conclusion of the workshop, the UNESCO Jakarta ESD team officially launched the Green Schools Asia Initiative which will coordinate activities and promote models of ESD across the Asian region.
Anwar Alsaid, the Head of UNESCO Jakarta’s Education Unit closed the workshop by thanking all of the students, teachers, principals, and education policy makers who made the event a success, and congratulated all the participants on their role in continuing to strengthen the regional network of ESD knowledge and resources.
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