Educating for Sustainable Futures in South-East Asia
UNESCO Bangkok is hosting a three day workshop from 6 to 8 May 2015 to explore the development and design of a project in South-East Asia linking UNESCO’s work on youth, bioethics and global citizenship education.
The design will be used to implement the project “Educating for Sustainable Futures through integration of values in school-based and community-based programs targeting young people”. Representatives of government, youth and academia, as well as regional civil society organizations and UNESCO Centres will come together to share experiences and contribute to designing this new initiative.
Equipping people to make rational and well informed decisions is central to the effective achievement of education for sustainable development. To do this requires a range of learning elements that are mutually reinforcing: knowledge on issues relevant to sustainable development; skills for taking sustainable actions, changed attitudes and values that ensure these elements are used fairly. Learning without these four elements will never fully equip young people to make the transformations necessary to change their behaviour and act in a more sustainable manner. Though values are central to such a complete and balanced approach to learning, they are often not articulated in school curricula and community trainings.
This new initiative focuses on identifying and building pathways for young people to develop their value systems through both school-based and community-based (youth group) activities. This will be done in a practical way that allows them to explore decision making in the context of their situation, their community, other parties, international agreements etc. thereby building skills to apply these learnings in life.