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International Conference on Education as a Driver for Sustainable Development Goals was organized from in January,2016 by the Ministry of Environment, Forest & Climate Change, Government of India with support of UNESCO, UNEP and CEE.
Over 750 participants from 22 countries shared their thoughts on the role of education in realizing the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals during conference.
The Conference brought together global experience and expertise to highlight and strengthen the role of education in realizing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The Conference was inaugurated by Shri O. P. Kohli, Honourable Governorshri of Gujarat, in thepresence of Alexander Leicht, Chief, Section of Education for Sustainable Development, UNESCO, Mahesh Pradhan, Chief, Environmental Education and Training Unit, Division of Environmental Policy Implementation, UNEP, Shri Susheel Kumar, Special Secretary, Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Government of India
Centre for Environment Education (CEE), invited Dr. Bharat Jain, Member Secretary, GCPC to share his views on the same. Speaking on the occasion he mentioned ‘Education is the first and foremost thing to achieve Sustainable Development Goals’. It helps responding to global challenges in the society.
Speaking on the occasion Dr. Jain Mentioned “embarking on the path of sustainable development will require a profound transformation of how we think and act”. He elaborated saying that to create more sustainable world and to engage with sustainability related issues as described in the SDGs, individuals must become sustainability change-makers.
They require the knowledge, skills, values and attitudes that empower them to contribute to sustainable development. Education, therefore us crucial for the achievement of sustainable development. The now well established approach of Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) empowers learners to take informed decisions and responsible actions for environmental integrity, economic viability and a just society for present and future generations.
ESD does not only integrate contents such as climate change, poverty and sustainable consumption into the curriculum; it also creates interactive, learner-centred teaching and learning settings. But it also asks for an action-oriented, transformative pedagogy, which supports self-directed learning, participation and collaboration, problem-orientation, inter- and transdisciplinary and the linking of formal and informal learning. Only such pedagogical approaches make possible the development of the key competencies needed for promoting sustainable development.
Dr. Jain continued his address sharing his experience working in the field of Sustainable Industrial Development promoting the theme of Cleaner Production, Clean Technologies, Industrial Symbiosis, Waste-to Resource concepts in the industries. He mentioned the world has so far focused on “Control and Treatment of Pollution” which is a costly affair, but now I feel it is time to act proactively i.e. to promote Resource Efficient and Cleaner Production a “Pollution Prevention” approach. Cleaner Production is a concept that focuses on reduction of waste at source rather than its treatment or disposal.
The programme concluded with Question-Answers between the experts and the participants and with vote of thanks from senior officials from CEE, Ahmedabad.