ABOUT THE PROJECT
What is the Education for Sustainability project?
The overall objective of our project ‘Education for Sustainability’ 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.
What are the main activities that you plan to carry out as part of the project?
Our approach is two-sided. We work at a grassroots level with local schools and organisations; activities under this part of the project include organising workshops, rallies and drawing competitions to raise awareness about the project and about Sustainable Development.
We then aim to work with these organisations to engage relevant bodies and government departments with the project to advocate for a legal change to include Sustainable Development as a separate subject in the curriculum.
Which education levels is this project targeting?
Our main focus is on introducing Sustainable Development in the curricula in primary and secondary schools, or their equivalent, depending on the system of each target country.
We believe that educating students about sustainability from a young age will have the most significant impact on society and our future. University-level education, although also important, is only a viable option for a minority of youth, and many of these institutions are already offering qualifications in sustainability studies.
Raising awareness about Sustainable Development through grassroots work is also an important part of the project; events such as rallies engage communities as a whole with these issues.
How do you adapt the project to the specific contexts or communities in which you will be working?
We try to adapt the project to the specific context or communities in which we’ll be working by involving closely local community groups, schools, experts and general public. Our network of local staff and volunteers allows us to develop and implement country-specific strategies.
How do you address the potential language barrier in non-English speaking target countries?
Although our main communication is in English, we have a multi-lingual team and we will have localized materials for each country we are addressing.
Who is Nektarina Non Profit?
Nektarina Non Profit is an international organisation dedicated to educating, connecting and inspiring people to care about their communities and their environment.
Our work aims to engage people, in particular youth, from all over the word and promote responsibility at a community level, a global level, and for future generations in line with our three key actions, ‘Educate. Connect. Inspire.’Past projects have included a Visual Essay competition, the compilation of a ‘Low Carbon and Delicious Mediterranean Cookbook’ and the publication of a Web Magazine which produced a range of article covering issues of sustainability. For more information please visit www.nektarinanonprofit.com.
ABOUT OUR THINKING AND APPROACH
Why Sustainable Development? Are there not more pressing problems to be solved first?
Addressing problems without a long term strategy is not a lasting solution and we do not believe it to be the best way to create a good quality of life for future generations. Sustainability is a concept which should affect our thinking in many different sectors; by educating youth and their communities on sustainable development and sustainable ways of living, we can work towards developing a socially, economically and environmentally healthy global community.
Why Sustainable Development as a separate subject?
Current school programmes relating to sustainability and sustainable development tend to be fragmented between various disciplines with few hours dedicated to the principle issues. Although a significant proportion of these themes may be addressed in education through traditional subjects, Sustainable Development has much potential as a singular subject. Such an approach would allow students to understand the connections between the initial issues and their consequences, and to identify the most suitable solutions.
How do you envisage the subject of Sustainable Development?
We do not aim to propose the specific details of a Sustainable Development course itself; this task will instead require the combined efforts of local educational authorities, sustainability experts and school curricular development experts, a skills base which the project’s team does not pretend to have. This will allow the subject to promote knowledge on local, national and international issues and the connections between these.
We do however provide certain recommendations. These include developing a curriculum that encompasses not only the environmental, but also the social and economic facets of sustainability, one that is flexible enough to be adapted as new challenges arise, which considers the inclusion of non-classroom based forms of learning and which tackles issues from both a local and a global perspective.
How can I keep up to date with your activities?
We would love to hear from you! You can email us at email@example.com.
How can I / my school / my organization get involved in your project?
The easiest way is to email us to firstname.lastname@example.org, to discuss this with us.
I am from a school/organisation/volunteer group from a country outside your list of focus countries. Is there any way I can get involved in the project?
Please do get in contact! You can get involved in the project even if we are not focusing on the country you are from. Email us at email@example.com to find out more.
Are there any materials about the project that I can download in order to promote your project?