Reorienting education towards a sustainable future: Examples from RCEs

This Workshop on Reorienting Education towards a Sustainable Future: Examples from RCEs will be organized by the Global RCE Service Centre. Since 2005 UNU-IAS' Education for Sustainable Development programme hosts the Global RCE Service Centre to support Regional Centers of Expertise on Education for Sustainable Development (RECs) worldwide as part of UNU's contribution to the UN Decade on Education for Sustainable Development, 2005-2014. The core idea put forward by UNU is that RCE is a 'network' of existing organizations of formal, non-formal and informal education, mobilized to promote Educational for Sustainable Development (ESD) at the local-regional level.

The Global RCE Service Centre provides assistance to individual RCEs (currently 55 have been acknowledged worldwide) which entails facilitating communication, thematic work and global RCE networking. The RCE framework facilitates establishment of regional partnerships which support interdisciplinary and cross-sectoral learning, bringing together regional stakeholders from different sectors. UNU put forward "Transformative Education" as one of the four core elements each RCE must address, and reorientation of teacher training and formal and non-formal education practice is high on the agenda of many RCEs.

The workshop will begin with a presentation of the overall concept of RCEs and a conceptual framework that guides discussions during the workshop. Several cases of practices, challenges and learning achievements will be presented by the representatives of RCEs. For example, RCE Saskatchewan will present on the development of a "model" for pre-serve teacher education within the Faculty of Education at the University of Regina. This model began with the development of providing a workshop to "post-intern" teacher to help them develop an understanding of climate change issues in their teaching responsibilities, while also creating a workshop for "pre-service" (pre-intern) teachers who would share the information provided by the trained post-inters as leaders and "teacher models". RCE Greater Nairobi will report on its flagship project of Eco-School programme and explore the role of school-community partnership in promoting EE/ESD activities in Kenyan primary and secondary schools.