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Earth Day Event with the Earth Charter and University for Peace in El Rodeo

On 22 April 2018, an Earth Day Festival took place at El Rodeo Community Center, as an initiative of University for Peace students and volunteers of the Earth Charter International. Dia de la Tierra 1The event was created with the motto of “We seek a more sustainable world, together we can achieve it“. This event was endorsed by the University for Peace and the Earth Charter International Secretariat, as main collaborators in the organization and delivery of the event.

The main objective of this event was to emphasize the importance of the responsible use of our natural resources as well as the reduction plastic pollution. The benefits of the event will go to Mora Limpia y Sostenible, a project launched by students of the University for Peace, the Earth Charter, the Integral Climate Park and the Municipality of Mora to improve recycling in the Canton of Mora.

This event was organized in collaboration with the Municipality of Mora, the Integral Climate Park, Ekojunto, the Catholic Church of Ciudad Colon, the Colon Police Delegation, the El Rodeo School, SICA of Costa Rica and the Rodeo Development Association. This collaboration has enhanced the event with talks given by members of these organizations, locals of El Rodeo and Ciudad Colon, and students from the University for Peace.

Among the participants who were selling and entertaining the event were the indigenous community of Quitirrisí, students of the University for Peace, members of the community El Rodeo, members of the Association of artisans of Ciudad Colon and members of the community from Ciudad Colon, and debutants from the Miss Earth pageant. Among the musicians, we had Bianka and Faustino an instrumental duet that delighted the activity in a spectacular way, David Piconsillo who sang and played the keyboard, and a Venezuelan representative Oscar who not only sang, but also participated as master of ceremonies. As part of one of the fundraising activities for the Mora Limpia y Sostenible, a number of items were awarded as a raffle by local businesses that supported the initiative such as Ziggy Store, Memo’s Market, Buccaneers, Caribbean Jam, Charles Skinner and members of the Rodeo community.

The activity started at 9:30 a.m with an opening ceremony by Christine Lacayo, Alicia Jimenez and Mario Guell who gave the opening words and explained the purpose of the event. An elder from the Indigenous Quitirrisí Reserve blessed the land with a few words and a ceremony in order to continue the event. A Clean-up walk took place led by a local from El Rodeo and an Earth Charter volunteer. The event finished with great success at 3:00 p.m with everyone commenting on how beautiful and entertaining the event turned out.

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Written by: Xilonem Quiñonez, Earth Charter Intern

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Earth Charter Volunteers Lead Workshop with local El Rodeo School on Recycling

On Wednesday, 21 March, Earth Charter volunteers and students of the University for Peace gave an educational and interactive workshop on recycling to the children of the El Rodeo School in the Canton of Mora, the workshop was Taller Escuela El Rodeo 3designed to harmonize between games and talks about recycling and its importance. The children had the space to clarify all their doubts about recycling with the games and the question and answer session.

The workshop lasted an hour and thirty minutes and in its entirety, the time was dedicated to the children interacting and learning in a participatory way. One of the activities that most attracted the attention of the children was the separation of waste that consisted of placing mixed waste on the floor and asking a participant to place it in the appropriate bin. This activity allowed children to learn how to recycle. The kids were encouraged to share what they learned with their families in order to keep the streets, rivers, oceans and the environment clean.

At the end of the workshop, the children were very excited about what they learned. We explained that the importance of recycling is not to keep our waste in order, but to keep our environment clean. If we don’t put the garbage where it belongs and if we don’t recycle properly, we are not contributing to our ecosystems or to ourselves.

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Written by: Xilonem Quiñonez, Earth Charter Intern

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Workshop on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) and the Earth Charter in Colombia

On 20 January 2018, three young leaders, Andrea Cerón, Ángela Vargas and Alexander Cerón, from the Red de Educación Ambiental-RCE Bogotá, held a workshop for young leaders on Education for Sustainable Development – Taller Colombia 1ESD. The workshop was guided by three young leaders who last September 2017, attended a workshop organized by UNESCO together with the Earth Charter and Planeta Océano in Brasilia, Brazil. During the workshop, issues such as ethics, environmental values, Earth Charter principles and contributions to achieve a fair and equitable environmental society were addressed to encourage the sense of responsibility of young leaders in management of the environment in their country.

This workshop was held in Bogotá, Colombia in order to collaborate with the process being carried out by UNESCO as part of the Global Action Program (GAP) Priority Area No. 4, which aims to mobilize and empower young leaders in different countries of the world. There was participation of 23 young leaders from different universities, NGOs and environmental organizations with willingness to generate a change in Colombia for the care and protection of the environment.The themes addressed during the workshop were on the Sustainable Development Goals, Education for Sustainable Development, Youth Leadership, Critical Thinking, Earth Charter and networking, socializing tools and sharing experiences to generate processes from their fields of action and training young people to participate in decision making from the political, economic, social, cultural and environmental spheres.

The future plans are to maintain and activate the network and replicate the knowledge acquired in the workshops with more young leaders. This workshop is considered a great first step in Colombia to consolidate young leaders of the country who are now part of the network of Global ESD Young Leaders where they will have the opportunity to empower other young leaders through Education for Sustainable Development creating spaces of active participation with local impact and global transcendence.

 

 

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Andrea Cerón, Ángela Vargas and Alexander Cerón

ESD Young Leaders and members of the Red de Educación Ambiental-RCE Bogotá

Olga María Bermúdez G- [email protected]
Coordinator Red de Educación Ambiental-RCE Bogotá

Xilonem Gisell Quinonez Oviedo- Earth Charter Intern

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Mobilisation of African Youth Towards the Challenges of Climate Change, Security, and Entreprenuership

Young people constitute a large and rapidly growing proportion of the population in many parts of the world as a whole. These young people live in a rapidly changing world, faced with many pressures such as discomforting confusion, disquieting irritations, perplexities, and adjustment problems as a result of rapid social change. To this effect, Volunteers for the creation and Promotion of Development Projects in Cameroon (VOPID) took this extra initiative to mobilise young people from all over Africa to discuss on issues that affect the youths and the entire continent. This brought about the birth the Pan-African Youth Forum. The first edition of the forum had as prime importance pave the way for issues concerning Africa to be discussed.africa

VOPID is a non-profit youth led International Organisation based in Cameroon bringing across volunteers and intents both in an out of the country. As a volunteer in this NGO, I participated in the organization of the Pan-African Youth Forum that took place from August 12th – 17th 2017.

In line with Global Development Agenda, handling youth affairs should be of prime importance in Africa. As Africa in miniature, it was strategic for Cameroon to involve young people from all over Africa to discuss on issues that affect the African continent and the entire world.

These brought to life the Pan-African Youth forum. The aim of this forum to expose young people of the African continent to the challenges faced by the continent such as; climate change, security challenges and entrepreneurship and their role in resolving these challenges. This event took place during the International Youth Day (IYD) celebrated every August 12th.

The pioneer edition of the forum was hosted by the South West Region of Cameroon. The event was expected to bring across over 500 young persons from all over the African continent inspired by the conviction that, young people’s engagement in socio-cultural activities, active citizenship and entrepreneurship is the key to the Africa we want.african youth1

The Pan-African youth Forum was organised in partnership with: The Cameroon National Youth Council, Cameroon Youth League, Women for Africa, The Ministry of Youth Affairs and Civic Education, the Ministry of Secondary Education, BORSTAL Institute, the National Employment Fund, Pan-African Institute for Development West Africa, the University of Buea, and the Limbe City Council.

The main objective of the forum was to bring together young people from all over Africa in order to devise a common strategy on their involvement in current crucial issues in Africa. The forum successfully brought young people from several different African countries amongst which are the Republic of Chad, Niger, Togo, Central African Republic, Equatorial Guinea, Nigeria, Benin, Gambia, the Democratic Republic of Congo and the host country Cameroon.

This was the first edition of the Pan-African Youth Forum hosted by the town of Legendary and hospitality (Buea), South West Region of Cameroon. This offered youth the opportunity to reflect on the major challenges facing African countries. The different articulations and themes of the forum discussed on questions of climate change, entrepreneurship, peace and security have permitted participants to reinforce their competence and knowledge to become promoters of development in Africa.

“We should note that the fight against insecurity should not be carried out by Cameroon alone, but by all Africa countries and the whole world. We thus invite young Africans to take their destiny in their hands and to find together solutions to fight against this plague, in order to keep peace in our countries and to help our governments in their functions. With regard to the entrepreneurship, it is time for the youths to arise and understand their potentials and initiatives in self-employment. I invite our governments to pay more attention to these young people by putting the means in place in order to allow them to carry out their projects. If youth spearhead our nations, then the large African population made up of mainly young people is an inexhaustible potential for the development of our cherished and attractive countries.”

– Director and Founder of VOPID (Mrs. Benga Bounya)

PRESENTATIONS

1st Presentation: Climate Change (Regional Delegation of Environment, Protection of Nature and Sustainable Development) by Mr. EKWADI SONYE

2nd Presentation: Security Challenges in Africa by Mr. Christian Fonye

3rd Presentation: Entrepreneurship by Mrs. Siri Sipora Nanga

Written by Earth Charter Young Leader: Rohdof Lactem Yengeh

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The Inner Dimensions of Climate Change – In solidarity with Young Ecologists in the US

From 21- 25 March 2018, I had the opportunity to attend the Inner Dimensions of Climate Change Retreat for Young Ecologists from North America here in Costa Rica. This retreat was organized by the Global Peace Initiative for Women (GPIW) in partnership with the Earth Charter International and funded by the Kalliopeia Foundation with the intention to foster dialogue about climate change and to awaken our consciousness of our relationship with Mother Earth.  IMG_2701

This retreat was one of many regional ¨Inner Dimensions of Climate Change¨ retreats, which have gathered young ecologists and spiritual mentors to examine the deeper causes and solutions to climate change. The retreat gathered 28 young ecologists from the US, Dominican Republic, Mexico, Costa Rica, and Colombia. The programme began with a visit to the Earth Charter Center to introduce the history of the Earth Charter and how it can be used as an important tool in spiritual dialogue.

We had the special honor of receiving one of the youth indigenous members, Pacha K’anchay, from the Kogi tribe in Colombia. Pacha led a ceremony at the Peace Park where he blessed the land and gave a Message for our Time from the Natural World.

We then headed for Puerta a la Vida, an eco-lodge located in Puntarenas, where we spent the rest of the days in dialogue, reflection, and discovery. The spiritual mentors facilitated the dialogue sessions. Sessions included understanding the full scope of the crisis, finding the deeper roots of the present crisis, the spiritual dimensions of the crisis, reviewing our personal activism and strategies, and finally consolidating a US movement around climate change and care for the Earth.

Mentors Dena Merriam, Hanne Marstrand Strong, Swami Atmarupananda, Sraddhalu Ranade, and Mindahi Muñoz shared wisdom from their various traditions and experiences. Mentor Sraddhalu Ranade from India spoke first about the bigger underlying issues we are facing today in order to understand how to communicate these issues to others. It was very evident from the beginning of these dialogues that many of the US participants are facing severe hardships in their communities back home and the mentors’ dialogues needed to adapt to this.  The concept of a safe place was very important to clarify from the very beginning, making everyone feel welcome and safe to express themselves as they wish.IMG_2641

The sessions continued, Sraddhalu later went into memes which are tautologies, ideas, or seed thoughts. One of the most interesting memes we touched on was the meme, “evolution happened by chance.” According to Sraddhalu, the conclusion of this mentality is that there is no other life in the universe.

“Everything in life is not by chance, do not look at things as a product of chance but look at them as a way or a purpose of expressing itself.” – Sraddhalu Ranade

Flowers do not bloom by chance; they bloom because they want to express themselves. This conversation gave me much inspiration and enlightenment for how to address conversations with people who feel disconnected from a higher being or from our Mother Earth.

On Day 2, we focused on the spiritual dimensions of our current crisis. Here, we heard from Mentor Mindahi Muñoz about how we can learn from nature to solve our current crisis. If we are able to connect more to our rivers, trees, soils, rocks, and all landscapes we can hear what these living beings are trying to tell us. Mindahi reinforced the importance of being open to a spiritual connection with nature. Later we had a productive World Café session which helped the participants get to know each other more and connect on a more personal level.

On Day 3, the agenda had been adapted to the needs of the participants. We desired more interactive activities within groups. One activity led by a participant is called Corbett from Joanna Macy’s book “Coming back to life.” We all sat in groups of 4-5 under the large Vida Tree, a beautiful Higueron tree at the eco-center. Each person has a different role, one person states their intention they would like to focus on after leaving the retreat. The others in the group are different voices in your life. One is the voice of doubt, the other is the voice of your ancestors, the other is the voice of your future generations, and the last the voice of Mother Earth. Then you rotate and change roles. I was extremely touched and moved during this activity, it was one of the most impactful moments for me during the entire retreat. Each person considers and advises your intention from their own perspective. When you have the chance to change between large group and small group settings it really helps the flow of the emotions and feelings. Many people feel more comfortable speaking and opening up in small group settings. I noticed a strong sense of community and oneness between everyone after this activity took place.

Being a part of this retreat as the youth coordinator for the Earth Charter was special to me. I was able to connect on a deep level with many of the participants; I built relationships and memories that I will cherish forever.  Many people saw the value and importance of using the Earth Charter as a part of these spirituality dialogues. Especially when there is tension and discord. The most important message I took away from this retreat is the importance of listening, respecting all opinions and thoughts, and communicating how you are feeling. It is ok if we all don’t agree, but the only way we will ever advance towards peace, harmony, and a sustainable world is if we listen and talk to one another.

“To move forward we must recognize that in the midst of a magnificent diversity of cultures and life forms we are one human family and one Earth community with a common destiny. We must join together to bring forth a sustainable global society founded on respect for nature, universal human rights, economic justice, and a culture of peace.” –Preamble, Earth Charter

Written by: Earth Charter Youth Projects Coordinator, Christine Lacayo

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ECYL Attends MIT Entrepreneurship and Innovation Bootcamp

MIT Entrepreneurship and Innovation Bootcamp: Building a More Sustainable Future Today

The environmental and social problems facing the world cannot be addressed through conventional business models that maximize profit to the exclusion of other concerns. To provide material goods and help create prosperous communities for expanding populations that are compatible with a fragile and threatened ecosystem, the private sector must reconcile profit with sustainability. Thus, the UN Environmental Program coined the term “Responsible Entrepreneurship” for entrepreneurial companies that enhance the private sector’s positive contribution to society while minimizing the negative impact on people and the environment. In addition, the Earth Charter and similar documents have provided an integrative vision to guide decision making and business practices toward a more sustainable future.mohammed3

Despite progress in this direction, there remains a growing need for rigorous educational programs that prepare entrepreneurs to revolutionize production and service delivery, transforming business practices in ways that safeguard the environment while benefiting society. Responding to this need, MIT launched the MIT Innovation & Entrepreneurship Bootcamps as part of its global strategy to shape the future of education and learning. The program prepares entrepreneurs and innovators to play a critical role in providing new technology, products, and services that better align with sustainability constraints. Vimala Palaniswamy, Associate Director of the Bootcamps, stated that in this program, “we teach and practice developing long-term, sustainable solutions to problems. This approach is important and critical if you truly want to tackle global challenges.”

The Bootcamp is a week-long program designed to equip participants with vital leadership skills needed to build an innovation-driven enterprise. This year, the Bootcamp was held on February 10-16 in Brisbane, Australia with a focus on the “Future of Sustainability.” Out of a pool of 1,600 applicants, 130 innovators from 40 countries were selected to participate.

I had the honor to be one of the applicants to attend the Future of Sustainability Bootcamp last month. Lectures and mohammed1workshops on innovation, entrepreneurship, and sustainability were provided throughout the day. Some talks were given by MIT faculty, such as Bill Aulet, a senior lecturer at the MIT Sloan School of Management and Managing Director at the Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship. He taught a systematic method of starting a company based on his award-winning book Disciplined Entrepreneurship. He also shared his vast wealth of experience from successful ventures, including his time at IBM and entrepreneurial work in clean energy. Brian Subirana, Director of the MIT Auto-ID Laboratory, likewise delivered a lecture on how to solve environmental challenges using blockchain and the IoT.

Other lectures were given by young entrepreneurs from around the world, such as Priyanka Bakaya, who founded the tech company Renewlogy to develop solutions for landfill-bound waste, and Ani Valllabhaneni, who cofounded Sanergy to address sanitation challenges in Kenya. There were speakers from big corporations, family-owned businesses, and the navy and government as well. Speakers from such diverse backgrounds and fields enabled participants to see how innovation, entrepreneurship, and sustainability could be applied in different contexts, not only in small or mid-sized companies. In addition, it showed how addressing ecological and social concerns could create business opportunities that would benefit the economy as well as society.

The program contained a practical segment where participants were challenged to develop a sustainable venture in a week. The 130 participants formed 26 teams on the first day of Bootcamp to identify a problem. Throughout the week, the teams developed innovative ventures through MIT’s disciplined, rigorous methodology to address their chosen problem.

My team came together based on a shared interest in healthcare. We called our project “Caremate: Caring for mohammedCarers” and were humbled to win first place in the new venture challenge. Other ventures were likewise value-driven to address various sustainability challenges, including air pollution, organic farming, renewable energy, and unemployment. I was amazed by the sense of responsibility participants demonstrated while creating solutions for global challenges. Everyone was ready to take concrete action to ensure a sustainable future through entrepreneurship and innovation. Andrew Ngui, Senior Program Manager and Alumnus at MIT Bootcamps, highlighted the efficacy of this approach: “The importance of innovation and entrepreneurship cannot be understated. Innovative thinking and the entrepreneurial spirit is core to the future of work.”

The Bootcamp was not just a program teaching technical knowledge on innovation and entrepreneurship. It was a mohammed4life-changing educational experience that fostered sustainability values and encouraged us to create initiatives challenging unsustainable business practices. According to the Program Manager, Thomas Bazerghi, “For many participants, the Bootcamp is a transformational experience. It pushes them to reach past their limits and change their behaviors and mindsets. This mental shift empowers our students to start new ventures that can have massive social impact. The Bootcamp isn’t just about teaching entrepreneurship; it’s a framework for improving society as a whole.” In this regard, the Bootcamp met the core aims of the Earth Charter, which emphasizes that the primary challenge in moving from an economic system that promotes perpetual growth to one that is sustainable and socially aware is not merely technological but also requires reforming the ethics and values in current policies and practices.

During the Bootcamp, we celebrated our different backgrounds and interests as a rich source of knowledge, collaboration, love, and friendship. In addition, we were invited to join the MIT Bootcamp alumni network to stay connected to a diverse and engaged community of fellow innovators, entrepreneurs, and changemakers and to help us thrive while fostering sustainability. I was delighted to be part of this event, which embodied the Earth Charter’s core principles and was an ideal environment for preparing responsible businesspeople to leverage the power of innovation and entrepreneurship to make the world a better place for generations to come.

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Written by: ECYL Mohammed Ba-Aoum

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Mapting Photo Contest for Earth Day 22-29 April!

We are excited to announce our next Mapting photo contest for Earth Day! The contest will be held from 22- 29 April 2018. Users are invited to use SDG 12 and hashtags

#EndPlasticPollution and #EarthDay2018 in their EarthDay (002)pictures. The top three winners announced on 30 April, will win a free online youth course on Leadership, Sustainability, and Ethics.

Mapting is a free tool that invites users to look for everyday actions that people take which help to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). While learning more about the SDGs users can find which Earth Charter Principles are linked to each SDGs. With our new version, now the app can be downloaded in Spanish for Spanish speaking users.

Snap and Map your solutions towards a plastic free planet!

To download Mapting please go to: http://www.mapting.org/

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The Impact of Volunteers and Quality Education within a Culture of Peace

Earth Charter Youth Projects Coordinator, Christine Lacayo was invited to join POP-Logothe latest POP TV session with Elischia Fludd at EOTO World to explore the impact of volunteers and the role they play in quality educational experiences within a culture of peace. EOTO World is an NGO based out of New York providing capacity building services for human rights activists across the globe to strengthen the skills of human rights activists, to assist the work toward global poverty eradication, and promote a culture of peace. EOTO World ensures safe spaces for activists to publish critical analyses, build vital skills, network and share resources to transform communities across the globe.

People of Peace (POP) empowers individuals with education and tools to implement a culture of peace. The POP Portal includes free online peace education training webinars (POP TV), a virtual library, free to low cost access to custom community peace resources, and a social networking forum.

Christine introduced the work of the ECI Youth Network and the impact the Earth Charter/ University for Peace volunteers have had at the Earth Charter. She also described what makes up quality education through the lens of the Earth Charter and how this links with a culture of peace. To conclude, Christine provided some concrete examples and ideas of how youth can incorporate a culture of peace into their everyday lives.

To watch the full webinar go here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JkrGdh1w_sQ

The ECI Youth Coordinator has been collaborating in educational webinars with EOTO World ‘s POP TV Sessions since 2012 reaching hundreds of viewers across the US. To find out more about ECI youth partners or how to become a partner go here.

Written by: Youth Projects Coordinator, Christine Lacayo

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Leadership, Sustainability, and Ethics Online Youth Course for 2018

Our second course of the year on Leadership, Sustainability, and Ethics in Spanish has started! The course is 30706924_1600946010004546_9202624862323998720_nbeing co-facilitated by Youth Projects Coordinator Christine Lacayo and Earth Charter Young Leaders, Itxaso Bengoetxea from Spain and Karen Proa from Mexico. We are excited for the rich diversity of participants coming from various Latin American countries such as Chile, Costa Rica, Colombia, Venezuela, Mexico, Brazil, and Guatemala. Throughout the course participants will expand their knowledge and skills on certain themes such as leadership, ethics, sustainability, Earth Charter principles, Eco literacy, Systems Thinking, and how to successfully design and implement a workshop in their community.

This course is designed to train young people around the world, from the ages of 18-35, on how to become active leaders in their community towards a more just, sustainable, and ethical world. Our goal at the end of the course is to successfully strengthen confidence in leadership for sustainability, enhance participant’s consciousness to contribute to the greater good, inspire like-minded individuals to collaborate across borders and to carry out their work in their communities!

Alumni of this course have the opportunity to become an Earth Charter Young Leader (ECYL). This programme is a year-long leadership opportunity to serve as a focal point in the Earth Charter Youth Network to mobilize and engage other young people around the Earth Charter vision and principles.

 

Our first course of the year in English ended in March 2018 with all 21 participants successfully implementing their workshops. See below for some examples of their workshops:

  • Ecoliteracy and Systemic Thinking for Environmental Conservationists at The Nigerian Society of Environmental Conservationists by Earth Charter Young Leader, Rufai Balogun.

 

  • Sustainability, Trash, Habits, and Consciousness by ECYL Monserrat Carvajal and Nani Caraveo for 10 youth along the coast in Cancun, Mexico.

 

  • Ecoliteracy and Systems Thinking for College transitioners in Nairobi for 50 students from the Doulos Leadership academy by Earth Charter Young Leader Mimo Pendo.

 

 

  • Sustainable Water Usage in Collaboration with the Barbados Water Authority for 200 youth from Barbados by Earth Charter Young Leader, Elon Cadogan.

Don’t miss the deadline to sign up for our next 10-week youth online training programme in Leadership, Sustainability, and Ethics. The course will begin on 2 July and participants will need to apply by Monday 4 June!

Email Christine Lacayo, Youth Projects Coordinator if you are interested in registering for our next course: [email protected]

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Youth Leadership Training on ESD Webinar for Susty Schools in Nigeria

Earth Charter Young Leader Olabanji Jackson-Oke from Nigeria reached out to ECI Youth Coordinator, Christine Lacayo, for the opportunity to receive the Youth Leadership training on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) for his group of volunteers with the organization SustySchools. On 3 & 17 February, Christine implemented this webinar to a total of 19 youth eager to train other youth in schools around Nigeria. The Susty Schools Project is an initiative of SustyVibes – a start up organisation, founded in 2016, targeted at creating awareness on sustainability issues to young Nigerians. This two-day training was designed to sensitize youth on ESD concepts and strengthen their capacity to become ESD multipliers in order to reach a more just and sustainable world. This series of ESD Leadership trainings was implemented in various regions around the world in 2017 to contribute with the goals of the UNESCO Global Action Programme on ESD Priority Area #4, which is focused on youth engagement. The Earth Charter International created for UNESCO the curriculum for this training in 2016.

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Volunteers within the Susty Schools network teach young children all acrosssusty schools Nigeria in Nursery, Primary and Secondary schools about the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). There are currently 28 Susty School Volunteers spread across the country, aged between 18-35 years who are passionate and instrumental to the work with young children, both in creating awareness of the goals but more importantly, in inspiring innovative solutions. Susty Schools has a target to reach at least 24 schools in 2018 and they have reached out to 5 schools so far.

 

 

“Receiving this ESD training is invaluable to the volunteers at Susty Schools. We received a webinar on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) as part of the UNESCO GAP PN4 project and we now understand better, through several activities, the ESD competencies to pass on – Know, Do, Be, Live together. Our favorite activity we learned from this training so far is the Privilege Walk in Systems Thinking which helps open our eyes to the importance of respect and equality for all and how we are one interconnected system in life. We have now incorporated many of these activities and competencies in our learning syllabus for the volunteers to implement their workshops. We also have a tracking template with which to report our workshop progress, which we will share at the end of this year.”

-Ijeoma Achinivu for Susty SchoolsSDGs Nigeria

 

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