ABOUT THE PROJECT
‘Education for Sustainability’ is a project coordinated by Nektarina Non Profit. Its overall objective is to provide a platform for embedding Sustainable Development as a separate subject into the school curricula, educating students about sustainable living, practices and futures.
Our approach is two-sided. We work at a grassroots level with schools and organisations in our target countries in order to promote knowledge on sustainability, particularly among young people, through events such as workshops, drawing competitions and rallies. With these organisations, we aim to work towards engaging Ministries and other relevant governmental institutions with the project, advocating for a legal change and supporting them in the initial stages of introducing the subject of Sustainable Development.
Our work so far
The idea for the project was conceived in September 2011. The project’s preparatory phase was completed in May 2012; extensive research was conducted on the environmental issues in each country, its educational system, legislative framework and decision-making process. A network of partners, local experts, communities and civil society organisations were developed in each country. The content phase was completed in September 2012; we developed strategies for approaching target groups, prepared accompanying materials, and launched the project’s website and Wiki section.
We reached the implementation stage in September 2012, entering into constructive dialogue with the Governments and Ministries of Education. Having initiated projects in several countries we have since handed them over to local organisations who have taken ownership of the project and its implementation: Azerbaijan, Georgia, Latvia, Montenegro, Slovenia and Romania.
Nektarina is currently active in India, Trinidad and Tobago, Fiji, Cameroon, Ghana, Sierra Leone, Dominican Republic, and Venezuela, organising local events and working with schools to understand the best methods for introducing Sustainable Development as a new subject.
About Nektarina Non Profit
Nektarina Non Profit is an international non-governmental organisation dedicated to educating, connecting and inspiring people to care about their communities and their environment.
About Sustainable Development and Education
A complex and broad concept, which has numerous and often contested definitions. According to perhaps the most famous definition, from the Bruntland Report of 1987, it is “development that meet the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs” (Brundtland Report, 1987). The three pillars of sustainability are social, environmental and economic.
The importance of educating children to understand and act upon issues of sustainability was initially brought to attention by the Earth Charter, was seconded at the Earth Summit, and has also been emphasised by international initiatives such as the UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development.
Current school programmes relating to sustainability and sustainable development tend to be fragmented between various disciplines with few hours dedicated to the principle issues. Moreover, the pupils’ understanding of these very important themes often depends on the dedication and preparedness of the teachers, who are unlikely to be specialised in this particular area.
Our overall aim is therefore to introduce Sustainable Development as a separate curriculum subject. Such an approach would allow students to understand the interrelations between the different aspects of sustainability and to identify the most suitable solutions. We believe that educating students about sustainability from a young age will have the most significant impact on society and our future; the earlier we can provide students with coherent information about sustainable living and sustainable development the better. Given that today’s students will be tomorrow’s leaders, their engagement in worldly debates and improved understanding of a global community is key to tackle these issues now and in the future.