We have just published a new post on the ESD Prize Blog, written by Miki Konishi for the Okayama ESD Promotion Commission (Japan), winner of the UNESCO-Japan Prize on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) 2016:
"There is only one very positive answer to the question “How is ESD doing in Okayama?”: “It’s growing consistently, day by day.”
Okayama City has gone from strength to strength since winning the 2016 UNESCO-Japan Prize on ESD and the UNESCO Learning City Award 2017 with a host of activities.
So what’s new? In August, we organized a tour and stamp rally in a large shopping mall to let children learn about sustainable production and consumption while also introducing them to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Thanks to the event, they now know to look for labels which indicate Fair Trade or organic food and they learned why responsible consumption matters.
Coming up very soon is the annual ESD Forum and ESD Okayama Award 2017. The award was established in 2015 to contribute to showcasing good practices derived from community-based ESD in Okayama Prefecture (Okayama Regional Prize) as well as in the world (Global Prize).
This year we received 44 applications for the Global Prize from 29 countries, and two projects won the award (link is external).
Winning the UNESCO-Japan Prize on ESD raised the profile of the city at home and abroad and the number of people coming to look at and learn about our ESD initiatives from Japan and abroad has increased.
The two UNESCO awards have truly been and will continue to be the driving force behind ESD promotion in Okayama.
We believe every single step forward, big or small, counts towards making our world more sustainable. So we are committed to continuing to promote interactive learning and cooperative activities among different generations and sectors in Okayama and beyond. To keep up to date with what we are doing have a look at our portal site Okayama ESD Navi (link is external). Don’t miss it!"