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Capacity building for the Ministry of Public Education of Costa Rica

MEP Bimodal 4The Earth Charter Center for ESD at the University for Peace is offering a training course for teachers and administration staff of the Ministry of Public Education of Costa Rica on Education for Sustainable Development.

The course has 80 hours with a hybrid modality (face-to-face and online) distributed in 64 virtual hours and 16 face to face hours. In terms of calendar time, the course lasts approximately one and a half months.

The general objective is to strengthen the capacity of participants to reorient their education practices towards sustainability and to apply teaching strategies that promote education for sustainable development in educational processes.

The course has six modules, in which participants have the opportunity to deepen their knowledge about sustainable development, the current challenges of global change, delve into the concept and pedagogy of education for sustainable development, putting into practice the knowledge acquired from a practical project.

For 2018, this course will be offered for two groups, each one with 20 people. The participants are teachers and administrative staff from different parts of the country.

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Teacher training to UNESCO Associated Schools- Costa Rica

The Earth Charter Center of Education for Sustainable Development, through the UNESCO Chair of Education for Sustainable Development offered the course called Educating for Sustainability with the Earth Charter, to UNESCO Associated Schools Project Network of Costa Rica (ASPnet).

This course took place on 10 -11 May 2018, the Earth Charter Center coordinated the first day of the course, the second day was a field visit to a farm of the National Electricity Company of Costa Rica (CNFL).

Thirty teachers from all over Costa Rica, rural and urban, and from public and private educational centers participated.

The main objective of the course was to offer basic training on the philosophical and ethical principles of Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) with which ASPnet works, using the Earth Charter, an ethical framework recognized by UNESCO for the development of ESD worldwide.

On the first day of the course, activities were carried out to expand knowledge about the concept of sustainability and systems thinking. The ESD policy framework was presented, and activities were carried out to introduce the principles of the Earth Charter. The course was highly participatory in order to seek a joyful process for the participants.

The Earth Charter Center has been for several years offering this training in support of the UNESCO Associated Schools Network.

 

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Institute in Venezuela organizes discussion on the Earth Charter

IUT-FRP 4With the participation of Chemistry, Quality Systems, and Environment Control students, a discussion on the Earth Charter was held at the University Institute of Technology Dr. Federico Rivero Palacio, organized by the Research and Postgraduate Department, under Professor Joel Campuzano.

The activity began with a video called “The sustainable future is in our hands”, where awareness was generated among attendees about how and why we should all defend the rights of Planet Earth and that only together we can save our only ¨spacecraft¨, as Professor Walter Martínez in his Dossier program expressed.

Professor Joel Campuzano, Head of the Research and Postgraduate Department of the IUT-FRP said, “Our planet is the only space where we live, the Earth Charter as an ethical document, is a vision of hope, a call to action in defense of the rights of Planet Earth, for present and future generations, and for the community’s well-being¨.

IUT-FRP 3“The Earth Charter gives us the notion of integrality working from values, love, a culture of peace, solidarity, generating reflections to act under the fifth objective of the Nation’s Plan. Therefore, this call to action is aimed at IUT students who bring their proposals and their projects to carry them out jointly inside and outside the institution¨, stated professor Campuzano.

Campuzano added: “IUT-FRP endorses the Earth Charter, and therefore commits to disseminate and promote, from the Quality Systems laboratory and the Environment Department, the sustainable development of our Planet Earth. Also we invite all of those who want to join this noble initiative, to join the promoting team, and in addition, to thank all the directors of the institute lead by Professor Hector Constant, for all the support “.

IUT-FRP 2These activities encourage interest of students, such as Ronaldo Paiva, a student of Control of the Environment Sytems, who expressed “Initiatives such as the Agroecological Park are very interesting, as we must begin to revert the situations that are affecting the preservation of life in Planet Earth¨.

Other students, of the Quality and Environment Systems programme, such as Enyerlis Luzón stated, “I loved the discussion, I learned what the Earth Charter is and why we should all put its principles into practice for the benefit of all¨. Jean Carlos Boscán expressed “Pollution is a very serious issue affecting us now, we must all work to ensure our present and future, and the key to this is to put into practice, disseminate and promote the 16 principles of the Earth Charter¨.

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Text and photos by: Alejandra Guzmán and Guillermo Navarro.

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Course on public policies of education for sustainable development, UNESCO GAP on ESD

The final phase of the Course on Formulation and Design of Public Policies for Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) was held from 12 to 14 September 2017. This was a special course that we planned and implemented at the request of the UNESCO San Jose Office with the support from the Japan Fund for ESD. The course’s objective was to: “Strengthen the capacities of senior level decision-makers and key personnel in the Ministries of Education and Environment of Central America and Dominican Republic for the development of Education for Sustainable Development Public Policies.” This effort is related to the first priority area of the UNESCO Global Action Programme on ESD and to the Sustainable Development Goal 4 Target 7.

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This course lasted three months (June to September), and had two modalities: face-to-face and virtual. The first part of the course consisted of face-to-face sessions for three intensive days, held at the Earth Charter Center of ESD facilities in the University for Peace, Costa Rica. It continued with a virtual phase that lasted seven weeks, where participants had the opportunity to deepen the topics introduced in the initial face-to-face phase. The course ended with a face-to-face meeting, also held at the EC-ESD Center in Costa Rica, where participants presented their final projects and proposed some actions to follow up this course.

In their assessment of the course, the participants mentioned having had a transformative experience, where some experienced a change in their worldviews and perception of the type of education that each country in the Central American Integration System (SICA) should promote. For their final projects, participants had to generate a proposal for an ESD public policy and an action plan for the design of this policy in their countries. These proposals were an exercise that it is expected to generate actions to instill the vision of ESD in their countries’ education systems.

 

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For the Earth Charter Center on ESD, it was a great satisfaction to have developed this process in a way that helped participants to have a better understanding about sustainability, ESD and ways to generate a public policy on ESD. Some participants expressed that this experience help to generate what some called “a change of paradigm” or “falling in love” with sustainability. The majority of the participants are Ministry of Education officials who have the potential to promote changes in national education policy, curricula, as well as to promote sustainable schools and teacher training programs on ESD. We hope to continue supporting the empowerment process of these participants, so they become agents of change in their institutions and contribute to the 2030 UN Education Agenda.

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Master’s Degree in Environmental Management with emphasis on Sustainable Development

U La Salle 2The University De La Salle and Earth Charter International in Costa Rica are jointly offering the Master’s Degree in Environmental Management and Sustainable Development, with the conviction of promoting leadership among professionals who decide to access this postgraduate programme and acquire the necessary skills for the efficient and adequate management of natural resources, grounding this knowledge in environmental management and the need for technical and operational transformation of organizations.U La Salle 1

This Master’s Degree programme is based on the holistic vision of the Earth Charter, and has the institutional support of the Earth Charter International Secretariat. In this sense, the graduates of this Master’s Degree will be able to access and be involved in the global network of The Earth Charter.

The classes will begin on September 9, 2017, at the headquarters of University De La Salle in Sabana Sur, San José, Costa Rica.

For more information on this programme go to: http://www.gestionambientalulasalle.com/

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Conclusion of the Online Certificate Programme on Education for Sustainable Development 2017

Diplomado ENG for UPEACE“This ESD diploma and its great content has shifted my look at many topics and changed my teaching experience so far. Before I used to concentrate more on knowledge and data, now I go beyond. I see the links between knowledge, ethics and values more clearly”.   – Nehal L. Khalil, PhD (Egypt).

We are grateful to have successfully concluded the “Online Certificate Programme on Education for Sustainable Development”, offered jointly by the Earth Charter Center for ESD and the University for Peace.

This unique programme is designed to provide participants with the understanding, knowledge, and skills to integrate Education for Sustainable Development and Education for Global Citizenship into classrooms, schools, and curricula with depth and creativity. Unlike most programmes in sustainability, in these courses the Earth Charter (EC) is used as a central feature of this approach. The EC provides a broad, inclusive and powerful values-based orientation that can be infused within the missions and purposes of most educational programmes. Instructionally, the methodologies introduced are ones that can be applied to all learning across the curriculum and across grade levels.

This Programme started on 17 January and finished on 20 June 2017.  Twenty participants from fifteen different countries, representing all regions of the world, successfully finished this Programme.

The Programme has four courses, which are:Pic Seminar 2

  1. A Planetary Perspective: Toward a Culture of Peace, Sustainability, and Well-Being – Facilitators: Lorna Down and Rosalyn McKeown
  1. Values and Principles for Sustainability: The Earth Charter as an Ethical Framework and a Call to Action – Facilitators: Mirian Vilela and Alicia Jimenez
  1. Transformative Learning and ESD: A Holistic Pedagogy Grounded in the Neurosciences – Facilitator: Sam Crowell
  1. The Way Forward: Models and Skills for Implementing ESD with the Earth Charter – Facilitator: Mark Hathaway

We look forward to start a new Online Certificate Programme on ESD in 2018! 

If you are interested, please visit this page:  http://earthcharter.org/events/online-certificate-education-sustainable-development-2018/   or contact apply@earthcharter.org to receive information.

 

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Education for sustainable development and cities in Latin America and the Caribbean

IMG-20170426-WA0001The Earth Charter Center for Education for Sustainable Development was invited to participate in the Latin America and Caribbean Workshop on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) and cities, organized by the Global Action Programme on ESD, which took place on 26-28 April 2017 in Villa María, Argentina.

This workshop was part of a series of regional workshops that have been taking place in all regions of the world, with the aim to sensitize about the integration of ESD at the local level, supporting the implementation of the sustainable development goals (SDGs).
The occasion helped participants to learn about different initiatives that municipalities and different institutions associated with local governments are doing to put in practice education for sustainability.

rgentina-Education-Sustainable-Development-citiesThe Earth Charter Center supported UNESCO in the identification of several participants, and during the event, Alicia Jimenez represented the Earth Charter and had different roles, such as moderating, speaking and facilitating several sessions.

 

In parallel, the Regional Workshop on Learning Cities was held, organized by the UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning. Although both events had their defined objectives, the idea was to seek synergies to promote ESD within the network of learning cities.

Villa María was the host city of this event. It is a city of 100,000 inhabitants with an advanced local government, which is putting into practice very interesting projects of education and citizenship empowerment, such as the Children’s Parliament. This initiative invites children to participate in democratic processes, and to implement projects of their interest with a budget that the Municipality gives them.

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Earth Charter presentation in California by Professor Sam Crowell

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On February 20, Sam Crowell presented an introduction to the Earth Charter to almost 150 people from a local community action group in Idyllwild, California. Idyllwild is a small mountain village in southern California that is surrounded by national and state forests, with snow-capped peaks rising to almost 11,000 feet in elevation. It is a community noted for its commitment to the arts and to the environment.

 

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The group, “Indivisible Idyllwild,” was formed to engage the Idyllwild community in an on-going dialogue around issues and policies affecting the poor and disenfranchised, sustainability, and social equality of women, LGBT, and immigrants – all impacted by the rhetoric and mandates of the Trump administration. The group’s mission is to work toward “sustainable economic, environmental, and social justice for all,” focusing first on the community and region, but also joining with others to advance these causes nationally.

Sam pointed out that the Earth Charter offers a compatible vision that emphasizes respect for diversity, care for the environment and all communities of life, a call to social and economic justice, and the commitment to peace and non-violence.  Sam suggested that the Earth Charter principles and values can offer two significant things for the group: 1) inspiration and guidance for engaged action; and 2) a planetary vision that connects what is done locally to a shared vision of peoples around the world.

Foto SamLocal efforts make a difference. When the energy of those actions is combined with a planetary vision of love, care, and compassion, then it is amplified in positive and profound ways. Finding a role for the Earth Charter in these contexts makes the Charter relevant to today’s world. “Let ours be a time remembered for the awakening of a new reverence for life, the firm resolve to achieve sustainability, the quickening of the struggle for justice and peace, and the joyful celebration of life.”

For the seventh time, Sam will be co-facilitating with Mirian Vilela a master class on Education, Ethics, and Values for Sustainability: Transformative Teaching and Learning with the Earth Charter at the Earth Charter Center in Costa Rica, on July 3 – 7, 2017.

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Transformative Learning and the Earth Charter Course

transformative-learning-hathawayFrom February 20 to 24, the Earth Charter Center for ESD successfully offered for the 3rd time the Executive Programme: “Education for Sustainability, Transformative Learning and the Earth Charter” facilitated by Mark Hathaway and Mirian Vilela.

A group of 23 people from different sectors have immersed themselves in this intensive week long programme to expand understanding on the Earth Charter, Education for Sustainable Development and experience related pedagogies of learning based on values for sustainability.

“(In this course I have acquired new knowledge) which has made me think about how we could explicitly apply the Earth Charter in organizational processes.” Participant’s evaluation (Costa Rica)

The course has been very interactive. Using hands, body, mind and spirit, participants have deepen their knowledge of the Earth Charter principles and transformative learning.

This course is offered in Spanish once a year, in February. We look forward to seeing you next year!

“I was fascinated by this course and for having the opportunity to meet such special people … The experience was both fabulous and necessary.” Participant’s evaluation (Costa Rica)

 

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Doctoral thesis on traditional stories as educational tools based on the Earth Charter

Tesis portadaIn 2016, Dr. Grian A. Cutanda, from the University of Granada, Spain, presented his doctoral thesis on the use of traditional stories as educational tools to convey a complex-systems worldview on the basis of systems thinking and the values and principles of the Earth Charter.

Dr. Cutanda analyzed and collected 336 myths, legends, fables and folktales from all around the world to illustrate the different principles of the Charter. His thesis advisors, Dr. Alfonso Fernández Herrería and Dr. Francisco Miguel Martínez Rodríguez, from the Faculty of Education of the University of Granada, have been involved for many years in the Earth Charter and in education research related to the role of emotions in education processes. Dr. Jane Brown, from Moray House School of Education of the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, was the methodology director of the research work.

The author believes that the Education Sciences are called to play a decisive role in the necessary change of mentality that lead us to overcome the state of true planetary emergency in which systems scientists forecasts point to a breakdown, as the different “educations for change” have proven ineffective in achieving this social transformation.

Tesis 2The thesis attempts to offer two different contributions: a theoretical proposal, which aims to overcome the shortcomings of educations for change; and a practical proposal, based on the previous one, which seeks to provide a vast repository of educational resources aimed at social change in worldview.

The theoretical proposal, set up on the works of Stephen Sterling, Gregory Bateson and Donella H. Meadows, among others, includes the development of a worldview education as a confluence node for the different educations for change, as well as the introduction of transpersonal education in teacher training.

The practical proposal is based on Ecopedagogy, Ethics of Care, Deep Ecology and the Earth Charter, and offers some initial tools for education in a complex-systems, integrative, holistic and ecological worldview.

Dr. Cutanda´s research was awarded the ¨sobresaliente cum laude¨ distinction and it was included among the candidates to the special prize of doctorate at the University of Granada, which means that if it results winner of the prize, the doctoral thesis will be published by the university. This excellent piece of work is available in Spanish, with an English summary.

Click here to read the English summary of the thesis.

 

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