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The LEAD Programme’s contribution to educating future generations. Martha Richter The Natural History Museum LEAD Fellow. The LEAD Programme & LEAD International.

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The lead programme s contribution to educating future generations

The LEAD Programme’s contribution to educating future generations

Martha Richter

The Natural History Museum

LEAD Fellow


The lead programme lead international
The LEAD Programme & LEAD International generations

  • the LEAD Programme - Leadership for Environment and Development - started in 1991, as one of the Rockefeller Foundation’s most ambitious projects for that decade and beyond

  • today, the LEAD Programme is under the auspices of LEAD INTERNATIONAL Inc. (www.lead.org) and the Secretariat is based in London, UK


Lead s mission
LEAD’s Mission generations

  • To create, strengthen and support networks of people and institutions promoting change towards sustainable development that is economically sound, environmentally responsible and socially equitable


The lead programme
The LEAD Programme generations

LEAD offers a unique, international training programme in two phases:

  • Associates Programme: National and international 18-month training sessions focused on a variety of themes in environment and sustainable development. The national and regional training sessions are organized by the 14 Member Programmes based in different countries

  • Fellows Programme: Includes internships and exchanges, collaborative projects, conference participation as individuals and as part of delegations, participation in topical events organized by LEAD, and placements in key positions


Lead s national regional member programmes
LEAD’s National & Regional Member Programmes generations

There are currently more than 1600 LEAD fellows in over 80 countries


Lead fellows
LEAD Fellows generations

  • 1600 Fellows & growing

  • reach into a multitude of organizations and sectors

  • connected to each other

  • connected to influential partners


Some of lead s current partners
Some of LEAD’s current partners generations

  • Association of Commonwealth Universities

  • IUCN

  • UN/UNEP

  • UN/FAO

  • UN Habitat

  • Smithsonian Institute

  • Globalegacy

  • Forum for the Future

  • Imperial College, Harvard University

  • UNDP

  • IIED

  • IISD

  • University of Peace (UN/UPeace)

  • Earth Charter Secretariat

  • British Council …


Lead a unique network
LEAD: a Unique Network generations

  • Real + Virtual Community

  • Strong shared experience

  • Mid-career, influential leaders

  • Cross-sectoral

  • Cross-cultural

  • Local + global reach

  • Neutral space

  • High levels of trust


Lead fellows educating future generations grassroot projects
LEAD Fellows educating future generations generations- grassroot projects

The ‘Dolphin Citizen’ project

(Fernando de Noronha Island, Brazil)

  • to build capacity amongst the local youngsters to work as educated tourist guides

  • to help improve the economy of the island


Lead fellows educating future generations grassroot projects1
LEAD Fellows educating future generations generations- grassroot projects

The ‘Ocean Guardians’ a ‘school boat’ project in the town of Ubatuba, Atlantic coast of São Paulo, Brazil

  • environmental education targeting teenagers

  • boat chosen to:

    • provide teenagers with an overview of the beautiful landscape - the city and mountains

    • show them problems with unplanned housing developments, pollution at the sea, low quality of life for many of the city’s migrants

    • prepare the youngsters to work in Sustainable Tourism


Lead fellows educating future generations children s education at museums
LEAD generationsFellows educating future generationschildren’s education at museums

  • about 25% of the LEAD’s Fellows work at universities and museums - like the Natural History Museum in London - and other cultural centres around the world

  • the NHM (www.nhm.ac.uk) receives more than 3 million visitors per year

  • LEAD’s training provides a sound background to plan educational activities that are meaningful for the local communities


Lead fellows educating future generations
LEAD Fellows educating future generations generations

LEAD’s Young Leaders Project

  • started in 2005, provides students and young professionals with the opportunity to work with, and be mentored by- a LEAD Fellow in Brazil, India, Indonesia or Mexico on solution-based work-placements

  • currently, there are more than 70 work placements available in rural and urban areas (http://www.lead.org/youngleaders)


Lead programme s role in educating the future generations a personal view
LEAD Programme’s role in educating the future generations. A personal view

  • KNOWLEDGE

  • educate young people about environmental problems and engage them in possible solutions (contribution to UN Millennium Development Goal 7 - Ensure environmental sustainability)

  • share expertise on environmental education generously and globally (contribution to MDG 8 - Develop a global partnership for development)

  • help safeguard traditional knowledge for future generations

  • work with young people to help protect local cultural heritage and biodiversity


Lead programme s role in educating the future generations a personal view1
LEAD Programme’s role in educating the future generations. A personal view

  • ETHICS

  • communicate to young people the worth and rights of all peoples

  • work towards protecting the rights of children, especially the right to education (contribution to Millennium Development Goal 2)


Lead programme s role in educating the future generations a personal view2
LEAD Programme’s role in educating the future generations. A personal view

  • RESPONSIBILITY

  • communicate the benefits of science to younger generations

  • work towards closing the scientific gap between societies


Leadership for environment and development
Leadership for Environment and Development

Inspiring leadership for a sustainable world

www.lead.org