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#EducationCan: Sustainable development begins with education


#EducationCan: Sustainable development begins with education

Education is a fundamental right, and it is also the most powerful tool we have for sustainable development. Investing in a quality education for every child, youth and adult is essential - not only to achieve the education related goals and targets, but to realize the other sustainable development goals and targets.

The UN Secretary General’s Global Education First Initiative has produced a new video that shows the power of education in acting as a catalyst for development.

Sustainable development begins with education


#EducationCan- Sustainable development begins with education (Bisaya Bersyon)


Education for Sustainability | Jaimie Cloud | TEDxWindham

Jaimie Cloud is passionate about inspiring young people to think about the world, their relationship to it, and their ability to influence it in an entirely new way.

She shares new ideas to create conditions for life-long Education for Sustainability.

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Jaimie is the founder of the Cloud Institute for Sustainability Education in New York City, and pioneer in the field of Education for Sustainability (EfS). She writes and publishes extensively, and consults, coaches and teaches in schools around the country and across the world. She has developed exemplary curriculum courses of study, and has produced a set of EfS Standards and Performance Indicators that schools are using to innovate their own curricula to educate for sustainability.

Jaimie serves as Chair of Communities for Learning, Inc., member of the Advisory Committee of the Buckminster Fuller Institute, advisory board member of The Future We Want, and Editorial Board member of the International Journal of Education for Sustainable Development. She has also spoken @TEDxBlue and @TEDxNYED .

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From Education for All to Education 2030 a Sustainable Development Goal

The World Education Forum, 18-22 May 2015, was held in Incheon, Republic of Korea. The Forum adopted on 21 May 2015 the Declaration on the Future of Education. The Incheon Declaration was welcomed by the global education community, including government ministers from more than 130 countries, non-governmental organizations and youth groups. The declaration is a transformative vision for education over the next 15 years, it encourages countries to provide inclusive, equitable, quality education and life-long learning opportunities for all. The Incheon Declaration underpins the education targets in the Sustainable Development Goals that will be ratified at the United Nations in September 2015. This video features Ms Irina Bokova Director-General of UNESCO, Mr Kailash Satyarthi Laureate of the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize, HE Park Geun-Hye President of the Republic of Korea, HH Sheikha Mozah Bint Nasser of Qatar UNESCO Special Envoy for Basic and Higher Education, Mr Ban Ki-moon United Nations Secretary-General, Mr Jim Yong Kim President of the World Bank Group, Mr Anthony Lake Executive Director of UNICEF and Ms Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka Executive Director of UN Women.
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The Sustainable Development Goals Explained: Quality Education

United Nations- UNICEF’s Associate Director of Education Jo Bourne talks to us about what progress has been achieved in the past 15 years on access to education, why this goal is important not just for children and young people, and how quality education benefits societies as a whole.

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Introduction to Education for sustainable Development (ESD - WWF-India)

This DVD has been made to inform and sensitise teachers and education coordinators on various principles of Education for Sustainable Development (ESD).
It includes a description of WWF-India's efforts towards introducing ESD in the formal realm of school education in India.

Sustainable Development Goal #4 | Quality Education | Youth4GlobalGoals

There is no doubt that quality education can reduce poverty, foster economic prosperity, and improve health and well being. It can help a person to understand this world better, and build a base for their future. It’s clear, it’s simple. Education IS IMPORTANT. But, in places around the world, 14 students share one book. Girls drop out because they do not have toilets in school. Today, 58 million children are denied the right to education. Those children did not even have a choice, but you do.

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Mapping the future of Education for Sustainable Development

Over 270 participants from 116 UNESCO Member States and Associate Members gathered in Bangkok, Thailand on 9 and 10 July 2018 to discuss which future direction governments and UNESCO should take in promoting Education for Sustainable Development (ESD).
With UNESCO’s Global Action Programme on ESD ending in 2019, UNESCO is preparing the future programme for ESD, to be linked specifically to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The technical consultation provided room for reflection and discussion in different settings, such as town hall debates touching on themes such as the SDGs, transformative action and the technological future, a world café session, panel debates, group work and regional discussions.
The meeting made apparent the great commitment of governments to taking ESD into the future and implementing ESD as a key tool to achieve the SDGs.

This video shall give a summary impression of the insightful discussions throughout the meeting.

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Education is key for achieving the SDGs

Ministers at the World Education Forum 2015, Incheon Korea (May 19-22), speak about why Education is key in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals

Sustainable Development and Education

On 5 and 6 September, the European Training Foundation invited international experts to get insight about education for sustainable development. The ETF is running a pilot project in Belarus, Ukraine and Kyrgyzstan to develop a set of indicators to measure sustainability of vocational education and to foster broader debate about education and sustainability in the countries surrounding the European Union.

UNESCO-Japan Prize on Education for Sustainable Development: Winners of 2019

The UNESCO-Japan Prize showcases outstanding, innovative programmes in the field of Education for Sustainable Development, or ESD. Since the prize began in 2015, three organizations or individuals from around the world have been chosen and rewarded each year.
The three laureates for the 2019 prize are the Camphill Community Trust from Botswana; the Sustainable Amazon Foundation from Brazil; and the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg in Germany.

The Camphill Community Trust is awarded for its ‘Integrated Learning for Living and Work Programme’ which empowers youth who have intellectual and developmental disabilities. A 4-year outcome-based training allows learners to follow individual education plans according to ability, interest and personal goals. The integrated experience of environment, society and economy helps participants not only learn practical skills, such as crafts and permaculture, but also develop confidence in making informed choices and decisions.

The Sustainable Amazon Foundation wins the Prize for its project 'Relevant education for the sustainable development in remote Amazon communities'. Its goal is 'to make forests worth more standing than cut.' Focusing on grassroots empowerment, it provides capacity-building for 581 communities who survive on income generated from the forest. The Foundation offers vocational training and activities focused on environmental education, traditional knowledge and sustainable management of natural resources, benefiting more than 39,000 people.

Hamburg was selected for its programme 'Hamburg is learning sustainability – and fights climate change through ESD'. This large-scale initiative comprises a diverse range of projects, materials and green events covering the entire city and aiming to integrate sustainability across all sectors. Sixty climate-friendly schools save many tons of CO2 through climate protection measures, kindergartens develop their own climate projects, and universities can join a climate excellence cluster. An annual education week encourages young people to become climate ambassadors.

Each of the three laureates is rewarded with 50,000 US dollars. Funded by the Government of Japan, the Prize supports the UNESCO Global Action Programme on ESD. The Programme and the Prize aim to encourage and scale up ESD actions worldwide and contribute to a more sustainable future.

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Sustainable Development Goal 4: Quality Education

Please join us on October 30th for a discussion on Sustainable Development Goal #4: Quality Education.

Education plays an important role in achieving many of the United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and SDG 4 aims to ensure inclusive and equitable, quality education and to promote lifelong learning opportunities for all. Yet, 262 million children and youth were not in school in 2017. Even more troubling, 750 million adults were illiterate in 2016, two-thirds of whom were women. Improving the education systems in low and middle-income countries has been a focus of the development community for years. Given the emergence of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, developing country governments must also prepare their citizens for the workforces of the future and leverage new leapfrog technologies.

This event is part of a series CSIS is doing on the SDGs made possible by general support from Chevron. So far, we have hosted events focused on the role of the private sector, SDG 5: Gender Equality, SDG 7: Affordable and Clean Energy, SDG 16: Peace, Justice, and Strong Institutions, and SDG 17: Partnerships for the Goals.

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UNESCO-Japan Prize on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) - prize-winners 2016

The UNESCO-Japan Prize showcases and rewards outstanding projects in the field of Education for Sustainable Development (ESD). In 2015, the Prize was first awarded to three organizations from Indonesia, Guatemala and El Salvador, and Germany.

The three winners of the 2016 edition are: the Centre for Community Regeneration and Development from Cameroon; the Okayama ESD Promotion Commission from Japan; and the National Students Union from the United Kingdom. Each organization receives an award of USD 50,000.

The Centre for Community Regeneration and Development is awarded for its programme “Integrated ESD schemes in schools and communities in Cameroon”. This civil society organization empowers people in marginalized communities socially and economically, while fostering environmental sustainability. The youth-led programme works both in public schools and through informal community learning centres. ESD educators give training to children, youth, women and indigenous groups on themes as diverse as leadership, health, family planning, information technology and climate change.

The Okayama ESD Promotion Commission in Japan was chosen for its “Okayama ESD Project” which involves the whole of Okayama City. The project offers various activities and trainings organized in schools, community learning centres, parks, shopping malls or in places close to nature. Citizens can take part in “ESD Café” sessions or undertake an “ESD internship” with a local NGO. The project also initiated the annual “ESD Okayama Award” to reward the good practices of local communities.

The National Union of Students UK receives the Prize for its “Green Impact” programme. It enables, accredits and awards university departments for sustainability efforts while helping them reduce costs. Managed by student mentors, the programme is aimed at university staff and covers themes from environmental protection to wellbeing and happiness, to ethical financial management. Having reached more than 100,000 university students and staff, the Green Impact framework is already being adapted by institutions outside higher education, such as hospitals and fire brigades.

The UNESCO-Japan Prize on ESD helps implement the Global Action Programme on ESD, to scale up local and regional ESD actions worldwide.

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The Role of Education in Economic Development - Douglas Beal - WISE Spotlight

This session drew on an upcoming report on sustainable economic development by The Boston Consulting Group.The speaker demonstrated the importance of education in sustainable economic development based on recent research that will be highlighted in the new report.

Working as one for education within the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

For all our differences and diversity, the world can agree on one thing: education is at the heart of a sustainable future for us all. Education is not only a basic right for every woman, man and child. It forms the foundation for every other kind of human right, making it key to the success of all 17 Sustainable Development Goals of Agenda 2030 - and to the future of every individual on the planet. Guided by the Education 2030 Framework for Action [2015] which sets out a clear game plan for countries and key partners, the SDG-Education 2030 Steering Committee plays a critical role as a central driving force to keep everyone moving in the right direction for Education. Read more at

The Way For Education - SDG#4

What is SDG#4 about? SDG #4 defines the aim to ensure that all children have access to free primary and secondary education by the year 2030 and also what measures can be taken to achieve this goal.

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Education For Sustainable Development

Practical Education is way to go for Kenya to achieve its millennium developments goals geared to vision 2030. Lower Kabete Primary School Pupils are not left behind, this documentary showcases their involvement in farming which was necessitated by need to have a balance diet in their meals at school

Education for Sustainable Development (ESD - WWF-India)

This DVD has been made to inform and sensitise teachers and education coordinators on various principles of Education for Sustainable Development (ESD).
It includes a description of WWF-India's efforts towards introducing ESD in the formal realm of school education in India.
It briefly describes the 3 traditions of Environment Education followed by a presentation of various skills to equip students to develop Action Competence.
In this DVD we also present animated exercises which aid in the clarification of value exercises that can be translated into real action in the classroom.

UNESCO-Japan Prize on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD): Winners of 2017

The UNESCO-Japan Prize rewards outstanding projects in the field of Education for Sustainable Development, or ESD. It is awarded annually to three organizations or individuals from across the world.
The laureates of the 2017 edition are: Sihlengeni Primary School from Zimbabwe; the social enterprise Zikra from Jordan; and the Hard Rain Project from the United Kingdom. Each of them will be given an award of 50,000 US dollars.

Sihlengeni Primary School receives the Prize for its “Permaculture” programme which empowers its students and teachers with life skills to mitigate environmental challenges. Located in an arid region of Southern Zimbabwe, Sihlengeni implements permaculture through a participatory whole-institution approach involving the local community. The students, mainly children of low-income subsistence farmers, learn how to manage land profitably and sustainably. They conserve water, plant grass and trees and introduce ground cover to reduce land degradation and deforestation. After leaving school, many go on to form small-scale businesses.
Zikra was chosen for its “Zikra for Popular Learning Program” operating in marginalized communities of the Arab region. Through ‘Exchange Tourism’, Zikra empowers people to reconnect with their cultural identity, and to inspire sustainable solutions while generating economic gains. Rural communities rediscover their strengths by introducing tourists from economically strong cities to their local culture and traditions, through a two-way equal exchange. Other activities include capacity-building in schools and universities; making wire-car toys from recycled material; and a musical identity project.
The Hard Rain Project is awarded for its international exhibition projects “Hard Rain” and “Whole Earth?”. The non-profit organization works with globally renowned artists and scientists. The aim is to raise awareness on pressing global issues such as poverty and climate change, and to stimulate thinking and action towards more positive futures. This is achieved through world-class photo exhibitions as well as through books, films, talks and events. More than 15 million people have already seen the exhibitions at over 150 venues worldwide.
Established in 2014, the ESD Prize is funded by the Government of Japan. The Prize and its winners support the Global Action Programme on ESD, the GAP. In alignment with the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda, the GAP and the Prize aim to encourage, accelerate and scale up ESD action all over the globe.
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