Education for Sustainable Development projects

Teachers are key stakeholders in putting Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) into practice. Given that its holistic and cross-sector perspective makes ESD a highly complex issue, our teachers must be provided with tools that help them plan classes with an EDS approach within the framework of the existing curriculum.

OREALC/UNESCO Santiago provides support in facing this challenge in Latin America through three projects:

 

Regional Education Skills for Sustainable Development Diploma

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OREALC/UNESCO Santiago, working together with the Universidad Autónoma de San Luis Potosí (Mexico), provided an online regional diploma for teachers with the goal of developing systematic thinking to understand and explain complex situations, reflecting on a range of disciplines, sectors, and social, environmental, political, economic, and education systems.

Participants learned how to promote a sea change in students’ mentalities and active participation, in order to attain a more sustainable future through reflection, critical thinking, and social learning. They were trained in preparing and evaluating projects with responsible teaching strategies oriented towards taking action towards sustainable living.

The first such diploma course was completed with 180 hours of learning, from November 2011 to March 2012. UNESCO is also providing support for a second such course, providing training to 80 teachers and launched in November 2012.

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Education for Sustainable Development: a challenge in improving the quality of school education in Chile

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In coordination with Chile’s ministries of education and the environment, and with the NGO Entorno, OREALC/UNESCO Santiago conducted a review of the country’s current school curriculum in order to identify areas where ESD issues could be integrated. In light of the conclusions reached, proposals were drawn up for methods to be used by teachers to help implement the recommendations made. In a pilot project for schools that have signed up to the National Environmental Certification System for Education Establishments (SNCAE) in the district of Pintana (Santiago de Chile Metropolitan Region), teachers received training in Education for Sustainable Development and in applying study plans.

Training for journalists in communication on environmental issues and climate change

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ESD is not just about formal and non-formal education, but can rather also be implemented in other contexts - such as the media. This means building capacities among journalists, allowing them to provide the best possible communication of complex sustainable development issues to a range of target audiences, creating new aesthetics, symbols, metaphors, and messages that help allow the message to be understood.

As part of this initiative, OREALC/UNESCO Santiago supported the seventh and eighth annual International Summer University, provided by the lnternationale Universität (Germany), on the topic of “Audiovisual Communication: Renewable Energy Sources, Energy Efficiency, and Climate Change”.

For the seventh Summer University, the same partnership allowed UNESCO to back a workshop for communications professionals on using text message to bring sustainable development issues to mass audiences.

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