About the Conference

The Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (DESD) has generated rich experiences of transforming education for children and youth. The Global Action Programme (GAP), an outcome from the DESD has a large emphasis on children and youth as key drivers for change. The recent conference in January 11-13, 2016, by the Centre for Environment Education (CEE) in cooperation with UNESCO, UNEP and the MoEFCC, Government of India highlighted the role of education in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals, bringing together the achievements and learnings from the DESD.
The proposed International Conference will discuss the outcomes of Goal 4 from the ESDG Conference specifically focussing on good practice examples highlighting innovative strategies and methodologies in pedagogy and curriculum in both formal and non formal settings to engage children and youth. The deliberations from this conference will further enhance cooperation and action around Goal 4.7.

The International Conference is being organised at Centre for Environment Education (CEE), Ahmedabad, India between 16-18 September 2016.

Outcome/Output of the conference

  1. Launch Handprint Network
    Endorse various groups around the world that are using the Handprint: positive action towards sustainability. Outcome would help in acquiring knowledge on reducing unsustainable trends and role of education to change to sustainable lifestyles.  With the finalization of SDGs, we can align the Handprint action to the various goals of SDGs.

  2. Indicator for Goal 4.7
    Suggest indicators and ideas for measuring goal 4.7.

  3. Inputs for GAP
    Recommend inputs for the five priority action areas of GAP which includes advancing policy, transforming learning, capacity building, youth empowerment and local level sustainable solutions.

  4. Action against Violence- a Gandhian Pedagogy
    With the increasing violence around the world, the Sabarmati Ashram trust founded by Mahatma Gandhi felt that we need to engage with children, youth and others helping develop skills in conflict resolution through non-violent means. A three year long programme is being planned for youth and children in schools to understand nature of contemporary violence and possible non-violent action against it and form a community of practice. The details of the plan would be discussed during the conference and launched globally on 2nd October 2016; which is Mahatma Gandhi’s birth anniversary.

  5. Partnerships for Global Citizenship for Sustainability (GCS)
    Create partnerships for GCS especially with Foundation for Environment Education (FEE) network to open it up to schools in several countries. Ideas to enrich students academically and culturally and thereby promote global collaboration in Sustainable Development Education. Explore the diverse, innovative pedagogies and assessment approaches to Global Citizenship Education

  6. Mainstreaming ESD in the formal education system
    During DESD many experiences have been generated that can contribute in orienting formal education to impart skills and knowledge for achieving SDGs. The conference provides a platform for sharing such experiences.

  7. Culture in Sustainable Development

    Environmental sustainability is closely linked with cultural heritage and practices. Recommendations on material and ideas which deal with conservation of Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH) and thereby raise awareness on the importance of the cultural heritage, and to ensure the safeguard of it.