A new post has just been published on the ESD Prize Blog by Angela Beer, Program Founder and Advisor of the Kalabia Education Program, Indonesia, which won the UNESCO-Japan Prize on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) in 2018. She has exciting news to share from West Papua:
"There was good news in July last year when the government of West Papua declared their intention to become the world’s first 'Conservation Province', with the aim to ensure all provincial programs and policies would be aligned with the Sustainable Development Goals. The legislation was ratified this month (March 2019), and Kalabia took part in the celebrations ushering in the positive initiative with special ESD programming in the Fak-fak regency.
Kalabia believes that education is the foundation of all sustainable development and key to a sustainable future for West Papua. Winning the UNESCO-Japan ESD Prize allowed the programme to spread its message to a neighbouring Regency where they showcased their inspiring work and were able to provide concrete proof that sustainability should be at the core of this significant provincial transformation.
Proving that real change is taking place at all levels, on the last day of the program in the Kokas District of Fak-fak Regency, the education team received an inspiring story from the mother of one of the participating students. She told the team that after joining the first day's activities which were focused on understanding waste and its responsible management, including a community cleanup and garbage relay races, her daughter went home and saw her grandmother tossing the household trash into the sea. She immediately stopped her and explained what they had learned with the Kalabia that day. Both grandmother and granddaughter worked together to collect up the trash again while the mother stood watching and brimming with pride at her daughter’s actions.
We hope this is the beginning of scaling up the program and cultivating these positive conservation attitudes and behaviours even more throughout the province for a sustainable West Papua."