Education for Sustainable Development

«The Green Agenda: Education for Sustainable Development in the Central Asian Network»

Under the general theme of side-events «Green Growth and Civil Society»

27 September, 2010, 17.00-19.00,
Palace of Independence, room 14

CAREC, Ecoforum of NGOs of Kazakhstan, the Central Asian Working Group on ESD, in cooperation and with support of Chevron, OSCE, UNESCO, SGP GEF UNDP

Agenda of the site-event

The main thesis of the side-event – Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) – is the instrument for achievement of sustainable development (SD), as well as mobilizing people for SD.

The purpose of ESD is to empower individuals, groups, communities, organizations and countries to take actions towards sustainable development. Linked to different needs and living conditions of people as well as to local cultures, ESD at the same time promotes universal values and competences for good governance, informed decision-making and the promotion of democracy in order to make our world safer, healthier and more prosperous.

ESD is a global concern equally important for the Asian–Pacific and UNECE regions, for Europe and Asia.

CA network on ESD as example of the networking and a bridge between ESD processes in the Asian–Pacific (APR) and European regions

I. Opening of the side-event, greetings of organizers and partners on ESD:
  • Ambassador, the Head of the OSCE Centre in Astana, Mr. Alexander Kelchevskij
  • Cluster Bureau of UNESCO for Central Asia
  • Company Chevron
  • Small Grant Program (SGP) GEF UNDP
II. Mrs. Tatiana Shakirova, manager of CAREC ESD Programme:

CA network on ESD —  interface between APR and Europe

Why it is created?

How it functions?

What results are achieved?

  • WHY it was established? Promotion of  ESD paradigm as an educational innovation  in the Central Asian (CA) countries
  • WHAT is a structure/composition of the network? – multisectoral and intersectoral approach

III. Ms Laima Galkute, moderator of the site-event:

(Research and Higher Education Monitoring and Analysis Centre, Lithuania)

The role of the CA network (analysis from the point of view of ESD)

  • WHAT is a shift in educational paradigm?

ESD promotes universal values and competences compatible to SD and at the same time is grounded on local cultures, conditions and needs.

  • HOW understanding of ESD and educational practice is changing in the CA Network?
  • WHAT are indications of successful ESD?

Using the UNECE indicators for ESD as a learning tool

IV.  Presentations of illustrations (examples) with accent for the target groups (each example 5-7 min):

  1. Role of business in promotion if ESD – a representative of the company Chevron.
  2. Secondary schools – “Green Pack CD-ROM for Central Asia” – as interpretation of the best practices on ESD to CA needs and traditions (REC, CAREC, Chevron, Cluster Bureau of UNESCO for Central Asia, OSCE Centre in Astana, GEF UNDP, NGOs «EcoObraz» and «Otrazhenije») – key presentation – Kliment Mindjov, REC for Central and Eastern Europe (15 minutes).
  3. Business and universities – Pavlodar state pedagogical institute and Kazakh National Technical University named by K. Satpayev (OSCE Centre in Astana, Chevron, SGP GEF UNDP, NGOs «Baiterek», «EcoObraz» and «Otrazhenije»).
  4. Regional Centers of Expertise on ESD – UNU/IAS, RCE on ESD in Kyrgyz Republic (UNU/IAS; State Agency on EP, NGO «Akmena», BIOM).
  5. Decision-makers (courses and modules on SD and ESD for governmental officials of Kazakhstan and Central Asia (REC, CAREC, VIU, IMELS, BG-Group, Cluster Bureau of UNESCO for Central Asia)
  6. CA Young leaders for sustainable development, CAREC project (Maria Genina, CAREC).
  7. Eco-Schools programme – system approach to introduction of ESD in the school life (Mariya Zhirkova, NGO «EcoObraz»).
  8. 8. SPARE project – introduction of sustainable practices of consumption and application of resources in schools (Irina Ignatovich, NGO «EcoObraz»).

V. The next steps  (discussion)

  • Development of capacities for teachers and NGOs for SD
  • Discussion of ways for strengthening of interaction and joint implementation of projects on ESD.
  • What should be done in order to make the CA network on ESD a platform for innovations on ESD and “educational bridge” between European and Asian-Pacific regions?