Last updated: 24Apr2018

Background

Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) is currently very urgent to be implemented, given the increasingly alarming the local, regional, and global environmental, social and economic quality (UNESCO). Furthermore, the global agreement to achieve 17 goals in SDGs has not shown the results. Therefore, it is necessary to take concrete steps to overcome those problems. Integration the ESD conception into the curriculum of formal and informal education and changing to the ESD paradigms of lecturers, teachers, and students is the strategic way to ensure sustainable development in the future. The role of lecturers and teachers is very important in creating the ESD integrated curriculum and its implementation. The ESD conception can be an integral part of the education process and also community services.

Universitas Gadjah Mada has a long history of community service activities that are always developed dynamically. The integration of the ESD concept in the community service curriculum (Student and Lecture Community Service) can be done since the concept of the UGM community service is already in line with ESD concept, which is also based on the social, economy and environment pillar. UGM is confident that the integration of the ESD concept in the Community Service Curriculum with will accelerate the development of the social, economic and environmental quality. So UGM's goal in community service is empowering people and community to solve the problem comprehensively. Community empowerment based on local resources and education to achieve 17 goals in SDGs. Furthermore, the UGM's experience will be used as reverence by 46 networks of UGM partner universities in Indonesia.

Therefore, one of the initial steps that crucial to be performed is conducting a general echo workshop which will be attended by deans from higher education such as the university that has teacher education and also directorate for community services to synergize the knowledge about the concept of Education for Sustainable Development (ESD). It is hoped that the dean of each faculty can socialize and discuss the concept of ESD on their workplaces in integrating ESD into academic curriculum and curriculum for community services as the outcome of this workshop.

Goals and Target

The primary goal of General Echo Workshop was to make the invited participants understand the significance of integrating Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) concept into academic curriculum and community services as they are the acknowledged influencer in their area of expertise. The workshop further aimed the following:

    1. Increasing awareness of the participants about 17 Sustainable Development Goals as the basic knowledge to reach the workshop’s goal
    2. Introducing the Education for Sustainable Development concept in general
    3. Understanding the significance of ESD curriculum integration in the university
    4. Recognizing the importance of ESD concept in programs of community services
    5. Making an action plan to integrate ESD curriculum in each university
    6. Developing sustainable agreement to enhance and to implement ESD concept in every action in the university.

Expected Results of the Workshop

The expected result of the workshop is to enhance the understanding of all participants about the significance of integrating the Education for Sustainable Development concept into our academic curriculum. The world has 17 Sustainable Development Goals that we’ve known it as Global Goals. These goals are a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoyed peace and prosperity and planned to be successfully achieved in 2030. But of course, for achieving the SDGs, it requires the partnership of governments, the private sector, civil society and citizens alike to make sure we leave a better planet for future generations.

Thus, we can see the urgency of our society to learn, understand, and work together to reach the targets set out in SDGs. This General Echo Workshop is designed to give the basic understanding about Education for Sustainable Development for all the participants as they were all coming from the academic background. They are all expected to embrace all that they got from the workshop, transfer, and implement them in their institutions.

Participants

The workshop was well attended. There were 38 participants in the workshop from Day 1 to Day 2 while the workshop was planned only for 23 participants. The participants were invited from representative facilities of five clusters (Social and Humaniora, Science and Technology, Agro, Medical, and Technical) in Universitas Gadjah Mada, also from five universities of education in Yogyakarta, and Office of Education, Sport, and Youth for High Education in Yogyakarta. They were all Deans and the head of the invited institutions since we were expected that they would start to implement the goal of this workshop to integrate the ESD concept in their faculty or institution.