Last updated: 24Apr2018

Background

In November 2014, the Global Action Programme (GAP) on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) was launched at the “United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) World Conference on ESD” in Aichi-Nagoya, Japan, to build on the achievements of the United Nations (UN) Decade of ESD and create new momentum for action. GAP’s goal is to generate and scale up action in all levels and areas of education and learning to accelerate the progress towards sustainable development. GAP has five priority action areas to allow for strategic focus and partnerships, namely:

  • Advance policies
  • Enhance learning and training environments
  • Build the capacities of educators and trainers
  • Empower and mobilize the youth
  • Accelerate the implementation of sustainable solutions at the local level

As the leading agency for ESD, UNESCO coordinates the global implementation of GAP. In this context, UNESCO designed the new initiative, “Today for Tomorrow: Coordinating and Implementing GAP on ESD.” Funded by the Japan government and in cooperation with the Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organisation (SEAMEO), the project will focus on implementing the five GAP priority action areas aided by effective global coordination.

Rationale

Educators and trainers are powerful agents of change who can deliver the educational response to advance sustainable development. But they must first acquire the necessary knowledge, skills, attitudes, and values to support the transition to a sustainable society.

Teacher education institutions (TEIs), teacher educators, and teachers have a wide-ranging influence on policies and practices in education and development and hold key responsibilities for delivering quality education in all levels. ESD in teacher education should help reorient the community, revisit the priorities of programmers, and rethink methods to make education relevant and responsive to today’s global challenges.

Objectives

The Sub-Regional Workshop on ESD for TEIs aims to:

  • Develop the capacity of lead TEIs to mainstream ESD in their programmes and institutions to increase the number of teachers who are appropriately qualified to deliver ESD
  • Train lead TEIs to handle in-country workshops using a set of training workshops for deans and educators from selected TEIs so they too can integrate ESD concepts and principles into their curricula and teaching and learning practices
  • Expose lead TEIs to ESD implementation in selected schools through field study visits funded by public-private partnerships (PPPs)
  • Develop the capacity of participating TEIs for ESD review and process change monitoring

Methodology

The project methodology has five main components, namely:

Relevant content: Lead trainers learned to integrate critical issues such as climate change, biodiversity, disaster risk reduction (DRR), and sustainable consumption and production (SCP) into teacher education programmes.

Effective methods: Lead trainers learned to design teaching resources that are interactive and learner centered; enable exploratory, action-oriented learning; and steer teaching from being transmissive and authoritarian to becoming transformative and participatory.

Learning environments: Trainees encouraged to rethink learning environments—physical, virtual, and online—to include sustainability principles in their management and inspire learners to act towards attaining sustainability.

Essential competencies: Lead trainers received support in defining learning outcomes and promoting the learning of core competencies that contribute to the development of sustainable societies such as critical and systemic thinking, collaborative decision making, and taking responsibility for present and future generations.

Field visit: Lead trainers will be exposed to successful ESD programmes in the Chang Rai Educational Service Area.

Programme

Time Activity/Objective Expected Outcome Facilitator

4 June 2017

15:00–18:00 Arrival at Chang Rai, Thailand Pre-workshop consultations to discuss initial survey results Participants’ final presentations on the current ESD situation in their respective countries Dr. Jose Roberto Guevara
RMIT University

5 June 2017

09:00–10:00 Opening Ceremonies Message from UNESCO by Dr. Ushio Miura Message from SEAMEO by Dr. Ethel Agnes P. Valenzuela Workshop Orientation Rationale and objectives of the SEA ESD Workshop by Dr. Ethel Agnes P. Valenzuela Introduction of participants Group photo Get to know the participants Ms. Chanika Nonthachai
SEAMEO Secretariat
10:00–10:30 Coffee/Tea Break
10:30–12:00 Overview of ESD Concepts and Practices Understand ESD concepts and practices Dr. Jose Roberto Guevara
RMIT University
12:00–13:30 Lunch Break
Chiang Roong 1, First Floor
13:30–14:30 Country Paper Presentations on ESD Policies, Practices, Issues, and Challenges in Cambodia, Lao PDR, and Indonesia Understand ESD policies, practices, issues, and challenges in each country Dr. Ethel Agnes P. Valenzuela
SEAMEO Secretariat
14:30–15:00 Coffee/Tea Break
15:00–17:00 Country Paper Presentations on ESD Policies, Practices, Issues, and Challenges in the Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam Understand ESD policies, practices, issues, and challenges in each country Dr. Ethel Agnes P. Valenzuela
SEAMEO Secretariat
18:00–20:00 Welcome Dinner (Attire: National Costume)   Ms. Pimratchada Patanasuthikul
SEAMEO Secretariat

6 June 2017

08:30–09:00 Registration and Opening Session Icebreaker   Ms. Tachana Sae-Tieo
SEAMEO Secretariat
09:00–10:00 Synthesis of Situational Analysis: ESD Integration Successes and Challenges SEA ESD Integration Framework for TEIs Dr. Jose Roberto Guevara
RMIT University
10:00–10:30 Coffee/Tea Break
10:30–12:00 Global/Regional ESD Integration Initiatives: Lessons Learned Lessons learned from ESD implementation in social sciences:
Australian case study
UNESCO GAP
SEAMEO context
Dr. Jose Roberto Guevara
RMIT University
12:00–13:30 Lunch Break
Chiang Roong 1, First Floor
13:30–17:00 ESD Workshop Responding to Challenges: ESD Curriculum Mainstreaming Approaches Familiarity with new ESD subjects, embedding ESD across the curriculum, content- or issue-based ESD, method-based ESD, whole-school approach, and community-based approach Dr. Jose Roberto Guevara
RMIT University
18:00 onwards Dinner (Free Time)

7 June 2017

08:30–09:00 Registration and Opening Session Icebreaker   Ms Tachana Sae-Tieo
SEAMEO Secretariat
09:00–10:00 Presentation of proposed approach to ESD Curriculum Mainstreaming: Pre-Service Teacher Practicum   Dr. Jose Roberto Guevara
RMIT University
10:00–10:30 Coffee/Tea Break
10:30–11:00 ESD Curriculum Mainstreaming Approach Selection by TEIs Select from and/or adapt the seven approaches presented Dr. Jose Roberto Guevara
RMIT University
11:00–12:00 ESD Institutional Mainstreaming Approaches Workshop   Dr. Jose Roberto Guevara
RMIT University
12:00–13:30 Lunch Break
Chiang Roong 1, First Floor
13:30–15:00 Contextualising the ESD Integration Modules for Each TEI Workshop Identify possible ESD integration approaches for each TEI Dr. Jose Roberto Guevara
RMIT University
15:00–15:30 Coffee/Tea Break
15:30–17:00 Orientation for the School Visit Chang Rai Context
History of the ESD School Project
Child-Centered Rights
The Seven-Step Approach Sharing of Personal Learning Objectives
Understanding the background of the change process in the Chang Rai School, which integrated ESD  

8 June 2017

06:30–19:00 Chang Rai School Visit Understanding the background of the change process in the Chang Rai School, which integrated ESD  

9 June 2017

08:30–09:00 Registration and Opening Session Icebreaker   Ms. Tachana Sae-Tieo
SEAMEO Secretariat
09:00–10:30 Reflections on the School Visit and Lessons Learned Identify lessons learned and how they can be applied in each TEI Dr. Ethel Agnes P. Valenzuela
SEAMEO Secretariat
10:30–11:00 Coffee/Tea Break
11:00–12:00 TEI Action Planning Action plans in preparation for country-level workshops Dr. Ethel Agnes P. Valenzuela
SEAMEO Secretariat
12:00–13:30 Lunch Break
Chiang Roong 1, First Floor
13:30–14:00 TEI Action Planning Action plans in preparation for country-level workshops Dr. Ethel Agnes P. Valenzuela
SEAMEO Secretariat
14:00–15:30 Presentation of Action Plans Action plan presentations Dr. Ethel Agnes P. Valenzuela
SEAMEO Secretariat
15:30–16:00 Coffee/Tea Break
16:00–16:30 Evaluation and Synthesis   Ms. Pimratchada Patanasuthikul
SEAMEO Secretariat
16:30–17:00 Closing Ceremonies   Dr. Ushio Miura
UNESCO

10 June 2017

08:30 onwards Departure of participants