Education Archives - Earth Charter

Belgium primary school ‘De Sterrebloem’ endorses the Earth Charter

rotatedTo celebrate its 10-year anniversary, the primary experienced-based school ‘De Sterrebloem’ in Belgium organized an inspiration day on Sustainable Development on Sunday 28 April. Teacher Ellen de Dapper phrased it like this: ‘There is no greater present for the birthday of the Sterrebloem than an Earth where everyone has a good life, as well as the generations to come.’  The eighty participants experienced a try-out of the end of the world by eco-comedian Steven Vromman. At the same time their resilience for a hopeful future was tested. In the afternoon the participants started a dialogue among themselves and the planet. Issues like meaningful agriculture-education and deliberative democracy were discussed as answers for social challenges.

The children of the school created video messages to emphasize their environmental engagement and reminded the participants about the fact they only borrow the Earth from their children. Joren (8 years old) said: ‘Why do grown-ups treat the earth so bad? Don’t they understand they are part of it?’

The day ended by signing the endorsement of the Earth Charter through which the school reinforced their social responsibility. The school created a beautiful interpretation of the Earth Charter for the children and use it to actively put the Charter into action.

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Congratulations to the winners of the XII Federico Mayor Zaragoza Award

On Saturday 16 March the ceremony for the XII Federico Mayor Zaragoza Award, organized by the Association of the Tortosa Friends of UNESCO, took place at the Felip Pedrell Auditorium of Tortosa.

The event was chaired by Mr. Federico Mayor Zaragoza during which he gave a lecture entitled “Global Challenges, Global and On Time Responses.”

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With the slogan “Let’s Save the Planet: Let’s Act Now Because Tomorrow May Be Too Late!” the students produced short, two-minute films to promote the ecological values of the Earth Charter, the Sustainable Development Goals or the Terres de l’Ebre Biosphere Reserve.

Out of a total of 65 submissions from Catalonia, Mallorca, Reinosa, Santander and Zaragoza, the following educational centers were awarded: La Falguera School in Vilanova del Vallès, Calvià Institute in Santa Ponça (Mallorca), Torre Vicens Institute in Lleida, Quatre Cantons Institute in Barcelona, Els Alfacs de la Ràpita Institute, Root Institute, Cap Norfeu de Roses Institute, San José Niño Jesús de Reinosa School, Caparella Institute of Lleida, Flix Institute, Juniper Serra Institute of Palma de Mallorca and David Barreda, Marc Domenech, and Júlia Albaca in the other categories.

This year, as a novelty, the didactic proposal Implícate+ with the Federico Mayor Zaragoza Award was developed and shared through UNESCO Tortosa, XTEC and Implica’t+, to implement this contest into classrooms.

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Teachers from the Implica’t+ project, Jordi Farrando, Maria del Mar Lluelles, and Toni Martin accompanied their students to collect three prizes corresponding to the categories:

Formative cycles and baccalaureate:
– 1st prize: Short film “Porta a porta” (Door to Door). Created by: Carlos Rivas, Joan Tartera and Raül Vaca from the Caparrella Institute in Lleida.
– 2nd prize: Short film “Prou excuses” (No More Excuses). Created by: Daniel Mendoza and Francesc Lluís Muñoz from the Caparrella Institute in Lleida.

Second ESO cycle:
–2nd prize: Short film “Protegim la Integritat Ecològica” (Protect the Ecological Integrity). Created by: Miriam Aguayo, Paula Foixench, Anna Miró and Didac Piqué from the Torre Vicens Institute in Lleida.

We would like to take this opportunity to congratulate the Director of UNESCO Tortosa, Ms. Montse Esteve, for the excellent organization of this event and also to congratulate all the student winners.

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Activities with the Earth Charter in Mexico

Translation of the SDGs to indigenous languages:

Traduccion ODS Mexico Indigena

Languages play a fundamental role in people’s daily lives. Besides being an instrument of communication, education, social integration and development, languages give us identity. This is why the United Nations declared 2019 the International Year of Indigenous Languages, with the intention of sensitizing society about the importance of the richness in the world’s cultural diversity.

Based on SDG 4 for Quality Education, the Chiapas College, Institutional Endorser of the Earth Charter, considering the presence they have in practically every region of the state, together with the Intercultural University of Chiapas, the Mexican Earth Charter Network (through the Focal Point of that state, Eder Medina) and the organization Kybernus A.C., have translated the 17 Sustainable Development Goals to the Tsotsil, Tseltal, Zoque and Chol languages.

The objectives are expressed with representative illustrations of the state of Chiapas in order to disseminate this important international framework for the promotion of Sustainable Development on International Mother Language Day celebrated on 21 February.

We share the documents of the translations through this link.

Events:

Puebla Carta de la TierraOn February 2019, Puebla City Hall approved an Agreement presented by the Mayor to endorse the Earth Charter.  Ignacio Rojas, focal point of the Mexican Earth Charter network in this State is following up this agreement to operationalize it, and make possible to include the Earth Charter in public policies and/or education processes.  See here news and videos about this.

 

 

Michoacan Carta de la TierraIn the framework of the XLVI Anniversary of the Technical Agricultural High School (CBTA, for its initials in Spanish) No. 7 “José Vasconcelos Calderón,” the Environmental Protection Procurator of the Government of Michoacán, Mexico (PROAM, for its initials in Spanish), participated in the endorsement of the Earth Charter, as a firm commitment between authorities and society to carry out actions for the conservation of natural resources.

PROAM officials expressed their congratulations to the initiative of this CBTA to train in young people a sense of identity with their state and responsibility to the environment.

 

Estado de Mexico Enciclica Laudato Si Carta de la TierraThe focal point of the Earth Charter Network in the State of Mexico, Rafael Fernando Sánchez Barreto, gave a lecture on the encyclical Laudato Si’ and the Earth Charter as an alternative for the construction of the community of peace. This talk was held at the CONECTATE vocational festival organized by the Movement of Students and Professionals of Catholic Action, on 2 and 3 March 2019, in the Parish of Santa Clara de Asís, Municipality of Lerma. Around 40 young people attended.

In addition, Rafael Fernando gave the talk “The Earth Charter as a Tool for Training in Touristic Municipalities Vulnerable to Climate Change,” at the Autonomous University of Yucatan, within the framework of the International Congress of Tourism Training, held from 16 to 18 January, with around 20 participants.

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The Federico Mayor Zaragoza Prize for short films will focus on the Earth Charter

Premio Federico Mayor ZaragozaThe XII edition of the Federico Mayor Zaragoza Prize for the 2018-2019 period will focus on the creation of short films that relate to the Earth Charter.

Objectives:

– To promote awareness of the Earth Charter and the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations Agenda 2030.
– To promote experiences that favor knowledge and dissemination of the Ebro Biosphere Reserve.
– Sensitize towards the environmental problems that threaten our planet.
– Encourage commitment and transformative actions to protect and restore the integrity of Earth’s ecological systems.
– To promote collaborative actions that generate a constructive change to achieve more diverse and sustainable ways of life.
– To introduce experiences of schools, institutes and entities that contribute to build a more sustainable world.
– To promote initiatives to protect and improve the environment.

The award is 5,000 euros that will be distributed among the winners of each category.

The period to present the short films is from 5 November 2018 to 3 February 2019.

To participate, you must fill out the registration form found on this page: www.unescotortosa.cat and send it to info@unescotortosa.cat

The award ceremony will take place in Tortosa on Saturday 16 March 2019.

All the information of this Prize can be found in this document.

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Experiences at the University of Granada, Spain

Article by: Alicia Jimenez, staff member of ECI Secretariat

Universidad de GranadaThe University of Granada is a recognized institution of higher education, founded in 1531 by the Emperor Charles V. With 60,000 students, it is the fourth largest university in Spain. At the Faculty of Education, a research group of academics have been for 10 years using the Earth Charter as an instrument to seek transformative educational experiences, in undergraduate, Masters and Doctoral courses. Also, several of these professors have been writing articles in scientific journals of education where they give an account of their experiences and reflections on how to use the Earth Charter. Currently, this research group is called: “Emerging Values, Social Education and Educational Policies.”
As a requisite for my doctoral studies I had to undertake an internship at a university outside of Costa Rica. I chose the University of Granada, because I was interested in knowing more about the pedagogical approaches that professors there have been using, and, to get to know more the students and the specific context in this institution. During my visit at this University in October 2018, I had the opportunity to meet and have conversations with professors of this research group, and carry out the following activities:

October 10: Workshop with graduate students of education. This was a workshop that I organized with Prof. Miguel Martínez, with a duration of 4 hours, in which 30 students participated. Many of these students did not know the Earth Charter, so it was important to introduce it, because later on in their courses, they will be able to delve into some aspects of it. We discussed in depth some educational experiences that have used the Earth Charter, which I presented on video, and had the opportunity to identify educational objectives that the Charter could help to achieve.

October 15: Presentation of the Earth Charter to 80 undergraduate students of education (including students of social education and pre service teachers). The average age of this group was around 20 years, I liked that they showed so much interest asking many questions, especially around why the Earth Charter has not been widely adopted by most governments. Students concluded themselves that it is civil society that has to mobilize to look for the transformations that we want to see in our societies.

October 22: Professor José Conde organized a meeting with Sioux Chief Lee Plenty Wolf, in collaboration with an NGO called Mujeres Caminando la Paz.  The purpose was to talk about water and environmental protection from a perspective of indigenous people spirituality. This meeting followed, on a smaller scale, an International Meeting organized by this group of academics from the Faculty of Education in 2011, called “Earth Charter and Education”. In this one, the Chief Ed McGaa Eagle Man shared about Native American spirituality to live in harmony with Mother Earth. The activity of 22 October had a duration of 2 hours, and I had the opportunity to present the Earth Charter.
One aspect that was revealing for me in this visit to the University of Granada is knowing that the Earth Charter has been an important tool that have allowed scholars of this institution to integrate aspects of ethics and spirituality in their classes and professional practice, something that is not easy to do in formal academic environments.


I also had the opportunity to learn more about Grian Cutanda, writer, storyteller, among many other activities he does, and who is currently organizing the Avalon Project and a publication of great interest for the Earth Charter movement: Stories from the Earth, a compilation of legends and traditional stories whose morals Grian has connected with principles of the Earth Charter. Stories and legends generate cultural changes, the purpose is to promote those stories that help a new worldview to emerge, one that is more holistic and guided by an ethic that seeks justice, peace and sustainability.

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Proceedings of Education for Sustainable Living workshop

Education Sustainable LivingThe workshop ¨Education for Sustainable Living –  Advancing teaching and learning for responsible consumption¨ took place on 24th April  2018 in the framework of UNESCO Global Action Programme on ESD Global Network Meeting, in Costa Rica.

We are sharing here the proceedings of this workshop, which include the presentation files and some pictures from the days, as well as a summary of each session and a review of the workshop outcomes.

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This workshop was  organised  by: Latin  America  PERL  Regional  Network,  Centre  for  Collaborative  Learning  for  Sustainable  Development  at  Inland  Norway  University  of  Applied  Sciences and  the  Earth  Charter  Center  for  Education  for  Sustainable  Development.

Find here more information about PERL work on Education for Sustainable Lifestyles.

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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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Articles: The Earth Charter as a tool for education on all types of justice

Graphic ECNelly Kostoulas-Makrakis, Associate professor of Teaching Methodology and Education for Sustainable Development at the University of Crete, is not only an Earth Charter Friend, but also very active using the Earth Charter in her teachings. She challenges her students to engage in all types of sustainability justice, as described in the Earth Charter.

Through Prof. Kostaulas-Makrakis, we received two very interesting articles from her hand in which she explains very well why the EC is valuable in teachings, how it can be applied, and what a difference using the principles can make in people’s everyday life and the choices people make. The first article is titled ¨The Earth Charter through the Lenses of Sustainability Justice¨, and it was written for the Ninth International Conference in Open & Distance Learning, held in November 2017 in Athens, Greece.

The second paper is called ¨Integrating Sustainable Happiness in pre-Service Teacher Training Enabled through the Earth Charter Lenses¨.

Building on Mirian Vilela’s (2014:xxxiii) statement “… the transformation we all seek and that will make a just, sustainable, and peaceful world will require that we reconnect our inner selves with the larger community of life, through both a change of mind and a change of heart”; Prof. Kostoulas-Makrakis explains how merging the Head, the Heart, and the Hand responds to the need for adopting a holistic approach to teaching and learning to live together sustainably (Kostoulas-Makrakis, 2014). The head is about cognitive function and being logical, while the heart is about affective function, ethics, values, emotions, feelings, and the hands are about human agency, which is the disposition and ability to act as agents of change.

Especially for people working in the field of education, it is highly recommended to read these articles and use the information to help finding methods of implementing the principles of the Earth Charter for educational purposes.

A very special thank you to Nelly Kostoulas-Makrakis for sharing both articles.

Download here both articles.

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Creative Educators International Network Conference held in Costa Rica

Creative Educators International Network (CEIN)

Costa Rica Conference: April 01 – 05 2018

Fostering a Sustainable World Through Value Creating Education

At Earth Charter Education Center, University of Peace and Quality Hotel in San Jose

Costa Rica Conference Day 1 ActivityCREATIVE EDUCATORS INTERNATIONAL NETWORK, Inc., (CEIN) is a non-profit NGO dedicated to helping communities become sustainable through value-creating education, and to inspire educators who are implementing Value-Creating Education in different ways. CEIN held its conference this year in Costa Rica.

CEIN wants to share our experience at the EC Education Center which was the first part of our conference. We learned here that educating and learning is to live in a space of reciprocal acceptance, where there is legitimate respect for oneself and others and a special deep gratitude, appreciation and respect for the environment. CEIN members come from different countries, so experiencing this together will have a profound effect on our work together.

Mirian Vilela, Executive Director of the Earth Charter International (ECI) CEIN foto mirianinspired us through workshops in nature using our own experiences and then had us share this new meaning with each other. Using our five senses, she invited us to learn to perceive our internal and external environment together. We acquired “sensory experiences” and then shared our feelings with each other and what we learned together.

Daisaku Ikeda, CEIN’s Value Creating Education mentor, (2002) echoes the importance of this kind of education. “It is only with a common vision and a joint effort to achieve it that we can welcome a more hopeful future. For this reason, it is imperative that the international community support and value the Earth Charter.”

Costa Rica Conference Picture 1We next learned to use the Earth Charter from a pedagogical perspective. ECI provides playful forms, teaching lessons, for educators and pupils; animated short films designed to educate the younger generation about the importance of doing little things to take care of our planet.

In the third workshop, Mirian presented how the objectives of the Sustainable Development Goals, the SDGs, interrelate with the principles of the Earth Charter. Our deep support for one Earth Charter Principle or SDG goal will positively affect all global problems. This concurs with Value Creating Education too.

For Day 2 and 3 of our conference we further developed our CEIN Offline curriculum for Sustainable Community Educators. This began with Dialogue Skills for Communities, which will become a foundation class.

group photoThis was followed by presentations of three experiences: Sustainable Community Education from an Amazonian perspective, Value Creating Gardening at a school in India, and an International Peace Education conflict resolution issue from a suburban neighborhood dispute in the U.S.

Mirian Vilela and Alicia Jimenez were invited  to join the rest of our conference. We identified many ways to work together and how useful the Earth Charter will be to us. We also discussed our community-measuring tool and the role it will play to help communities discover their strengths.

Finally on our last day, at The University of Peace, we were invited to conduct a tree planting ceremony to commemorate our stay. We were overwhelmed with gratitude to be forever part of UPEACE and ECI.

Costa Rica Tree Planting SessionWith great solemnity, we did the planting and with great feeling in our hearts, we took our photograph with the knowledge we had created a conference with spectacular meaning on its campus.

We recorded a moment that will remain unforgettable. Next to this tree will be placed a plaque “CEIN: Promoting Sustainable Communities through Value Creating Education.” This is a small change from the title of the conference and done because each of us became dedicated to the community of life where we live.

Written by CEIN team.

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Pre-school version of the Earth Charter

Adaptacion-CT-Implicate-2018Implicate+ is a group of educators from Spain and an Earth Charter Affiliate.

They have created an adaptation of the Earth Charter for Pre-school children, available in Spanish and Catalan.

You can download this publication here.

In addition, they have compiled a series of experiences with the Earth Charter in different education settings.

These stories are available in Catalan only:

Pre-school

Primary school

High school

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