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Reflections as the New Earth Charter Youth Projects Coordinator

By: Christine Lacayo

My first month of work ends and I’m excited to share some of my reflections!

As the Earth Charter Youth Projects ChristineECCoordinator, my main responsibility is to motivate, guide, and engage young people to create a more just, sustainable and peaceful world. What is the best way to do this? I think the beauty of this position is the flexibility and creativity the job requires. I have the ability to incorporate my passions and interests to expand and create new opportunities and stories. I’m excited to bring my passion for visual media and writing to collect all Earth Charter Youth actions and stories that are taking place around the world. As an ocean advocate, I would also like to continue sensitizing my community members on the importance of taking care of our ocean ecosystems!

Some of the main projects I’m focusing on now include promoting our app Mapting, used to take pictures of actions related the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). We have our next photo competition to celebrate International Day for Biological Diversity starting from 12-22 May.Mapting_FB_AD

I’m also facilitating our next online training programme for youth, Leadership, Sustainability, and Ethics (LSE) starting 19 June. This 10-week course is designed to prepare and empower young people with the skills and knowledge to be effective ethical sustainability leaders and implement Earth Charter-inspired projects.

One of my favorite roles of my job is having a group of Earth Charter Young Leaders, those who have completed the LSE course, from all over the world. These leaders are from countries such as St. Lucia, Germany, Kenya, Nigeria, Japan, Netherlands, Mexico, Sri Lanka, Serbia, Rwanda, and Spain, just to name a few! My responsibility is to support them along their year commitment as an Earth Charter Young Leader implementing activities and workshops in their community.

I’m also diving into the Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) Leadership Training Programme created by esd-training-flierEarth Charter International for the UNESCO Global Action Program (GAP) on ESD focusing on priority area number 4: empowering and mobilizing youth. The training is designed for young people from 18-35 who are active leaders in sustainable development in their communities.  At the beginning of July, I will be co-facilitating the training programme in Brasilia, Brazil for selected young leaders from across Latin America!

I’m very excited to start this dynamic new job not to mention the stunning nature views and sounds from my office! I’m happy to be back in the country I grew up visiting as my second home while promoting a more peaceful and sustainable world using the skills and knowledge I’ve gained from my studies and experiences!IMG_0032

 

 

 

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La Salle, Central America and Panama, embraces the Earth Charter

On December 7th, 2009 a small meeting took place at La Salle University in San Jose, Costa Rica, with the purpose of signing a collaboration agreement between La Salle Distrito de Centroamérica and Earth Charter International. With this agreement, La Salle commits to disseminate and use the Earth Charter in different ways within its educational institutions (primary and secondary schools, universities and higher education centers) in the Central American region. The collaboration agreement was signed by Otto Armas Bonilla, Provincial Inspector; Mirian Vilela, Executive Director of the Initiative and Brother Oscar Azmitia Barranco, Rector of La Salle University, as honor witness.

La Salle Central America and Panama involves 30 educational institutions (schools and universities). We hope this agreement will evolve into a fruitful cooperative educational relationship. 

The La Salle Institution was founded about 300 years ago by St. John Baptist de La Salle and is now established throughout the world. The Brothers give themselves to the education of children, young people and also mature students. Worldwide they are present in 82 countries, (involving 80.000 educators and more than 5.000 Brothers) and have more than 1000 teaching establishments where 1.000.000 students are educated. For more information about this institution see http://www.lasalle.org

See the video of the signature here.

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