The Turquoise Change (TTC) is an Education for Sustainable Development project that aims at promoting a multi-stakeholder, multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural dialogue and action on advancing sustainable thinking and lifestyles on islands supporting small communities. It is being implemented under the aegis of the 4-country (India, South Africa, Mexico and Germany) ESD Expert Net (http://esd-expert.net/de/) and it will work in Havelock in Andaman and Nicobar Islands (ANI) in India and Zanzibar in its pilot phase from November 2016 – July 2018. We developed the program with the aim to translate the SDGs for local communities, extract their relevance for islands and engage youth to take actions towards the future they want.
The Turquoise Change does Teacher Trainings on embedding Sustainability within the Whole School Approach; evaluating the learning material “Teach the SDGs” of the ESD Expert Net and adapt it to local context with local stories of Change. More than 30 Schools will benefit of the program and start implementing ESD within their schools through lessons.
The pilot workshop series was conducted from 3-6 April 2017 for 40 students and 30 teachers in Havelock. The workshop was well timed to coincide with the beginning of the new academic session. Following were the key objectives of the pilot series:
- Establish a relationship with the school especially the vice principal, teachers and students
- Pilot the introductory module that focused on introducing the teachers and students to TTC, whole school approach, ESD and SDGs.
- Pilot ‘SDG Word Jumble’ – an interactive game developed by TTC to sensitize students and teachers on SDGs and understand its relevance for schools and everyday life.
- Assess the level of environmental awareness of the students and teachers and establish a baseline on which to further build the To, youth empowerment modules and festival.
Youth Empowerment Program in Zanzibar
The Turquoise Change will be running three workshop Phases in 2017/2018 to inform Youth about the SDG, sensitize about local situations, elaborate local Stories of change and communicate them through Hip Hop and Graffiti. Watch its first full length documentary film on its ‘Youth Empowerment Program’ which involved a year long initiative with a group of inspirational youth in Zanzibar starting August 2017.
Supriya Singh & Katarina Roncevic