UNECE Strategy for implementation of ESD – RWL case study Eco-schools. Nada Pavšer ([email protected]) Slovenia.
Recall the Strategy :Strategy for ESD (Vilnius, March 2005):To facilitate the introduction and promotion of education for sustainable development (ESD) in the UNECE region to the realization of our common vision.The Aim of the Strategy:To encourage UNECE member States to develop and incorporate ESD into their formal education systems, in all relevant subjects, and in non-formal and informal education. policy driven process, focus on member states
Setting up a “framework”Translating objectives into questions: what do we need to know, what do we want to know, which data are available,what methodology is available
Different approaches on education.
ESD is seen as a ‘tool’ for policy, used as an instrument, information and skills to achieve ‘predetermined’ behavioural change
ESD is seen as building capacity for critical reflection, the capacity to ‘learn’ and enhance more participatory approach
ESD : has concrete goals but does not forget to use critical reflection!
The core of the Eco-Schools process is that the Committee organizes and directs the school activities and consists of the stakeholders of the school environment, namely pupils, teachers, custodial staff, caretakers, parents and even representatives of the municipality or local authority.
Work commences with a review or assessment of the environmental impact of the school. Pupils are involved in this work, ranging from assessing the level of litter on school grounds to checking infrastructure for inefficiencies.
The information from the review is used to identify priority areas and create an action plan, setting achievable and realistic targets and deadlines to improve environmental performance on specific issues.
- Following progress tovords targets
- Making potential changes of the action plan
- Celebrating achievements
It further ensures that environmental education and care are an on-going process in the school.
Climate change, energy, water and waste manegement, biodiversity, …
practical initiatives: saving water, recycling materials and diminishing litter.
Environment, sustainable education and RWL have to be a part of the national and regional curriculum.
Vision of ESD school : Each school produces its own ‘Eco-code’, a statement of values and objectives, outlining what the students are striving to achieve.
It has to be signed by students, principal, teacher –co-ordinators of eco-schools or ESD-schools, parents, local authorities and the mayor .
RWL CAN REALIZE A GREAT
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