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					          SOCIETAL CHANGE TO ADDRESS CLIMATE CHANGE



     Addressing Climate Change through
  Education for Sustainable Development




                SIXTY-THIRD SESSION OF THE ECONOMIC COMMISSION FOR EUROPE
                   REPUBLIC OF BELARUS, MINISTRY OF EDUCATION, CENTER OF ESD
31 MARCH 2009                                       PRESENTED BY IRINA SEMKO
                               UNECE Strategy for
            Education for Sustainable Development

KEY THEMES

 poverty    alleviation,   peace   building    among
 countries, ethics, democracy, justice, security,
 human      rights,   climate   change,    sustainable
 consumption and production, health, equity,
 cultural    diversity,    economy,    environmental
 protection,     natural    resource      management,
 biological and landscape diversity
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                                UNECE Strategy for
             Education for Sustainable Development

   Developed    through   participatory   process
    involving governments and various stakeholders

   Suggests establishing a partnership mechanism
    between different ministries and agencies to
    coordinate the implementation

   Is meant to serve as a flexible framework

   Aims at encouraging countries to incorporate
    ESD into their formal education systems, and in
    non-formal and informal education
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               Climate change has implications for
                           education and learning
   Education needs to take into consideration the following
    implications of climate change, all of which are
    characteristics of ESD
   All levels and forms of existing educational and teaching
    and learning programmes need to be reviewed and re-
    oriented to address the causes and consequences of
    climate change
   Climate change requires educators to include new content
    into education, training and public awareness programmes
   Creativity, problem solving and social transformation skills
    need to be developed and nurtured.
   Positive, participatory action and solution-centred
    approaches to education and learning need to be
    developed
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           Good Belarusian Practices in ESD
           addressing Climate Change
    INTERNATIONAL SAKHAROV ENVIRONMENTAL UNIVERSITY
    ISEU is the base institution of academic society for CIS-countries in
    environmental education, radio-ecological education and ESD
    RENEWABLE POWER SOURCES LABORATORY
    On the base of this complex laboratory the students are trained in
    specialization “Renewable power sources”, training and informational
    workshops are conducted
    PRINCIPAL APPROACHES OF THE ACTIVITY
   Set up demonstrational, training and research site of renewable energy
    sources (RES)
   Set up Competence-center for effective use of local fuel and RES
   Arrangement of informational and educational workshops for school
    children, students and teaching staff on energy-efficient technologies
    and use of renewable power sources


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           Good Belarusian Practices in ESD
           addressing Climate Change
    PROJECTS
   SCHOOL AGENDA 21

   YOUTH FOR SUSTAINABILITY IN BELARUS: Awareness Raising,
    Capacity Building and Twinning for Sustainable Lifestyles through
    Youth EcoTeams

   SPARE - the largest international school project on energy,
    climate and environment

    GREEN CONSUMERISM

    ACTIONS
   GREEN FINGER - «SURVIVAL IS NON-NEGOTIABLE!»

   POWER PATROL

   EARTH HOUR
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      EARTH HOUR-2009 IN BELARUS
YOUR LIGHT SWITCH Off IS YOUR VOTE
Example of cooperation within Belarusian society at all
levels, the involving key stakeholders from
-ministries and departments         - local authorities
-educational institutions           - the private sector
-civil society organizations
to cooperate on effectively mitigation and adaptation to the
effects of climate change




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     CHALLENGES
   Confusion in understanding of
    Environmental Education and ESD
   Inflexibility of education system
   Lack of policies & institutional frameworks
   Lack of ESD teaching tools, methodologies,
    competences and research
   Lack of cooperation between the ministries
    and departments, local authorities,
    educational institutions, civil society
    organizations and the private sector
   Lack of financial support for promotion ESD
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     PERSPECTIVES
   Development of Belarus National Strategy
    and Action Plan for ESD, with a focus
    on climate change
   Strengthening cooperation between
    the ministries and departments, local
    authorities, educational institutions, civil
    society organizations and the private sector
    on ESD addressing Climate Change
   Strengthening cooperation on ESD
    addressing Climate Change at all levels
    within the UNECE region
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LET’S MAKE A CLIMATE FOR CHANGE!



       THANKS FOR YOUR ATTENTION!




              SIXTY-THIRD SESSION OF THE ECONOMIC COMMISSION FOR EUROPE
31 MARCH 2009    REPUBLIC OF BELARUS, MINISTRY OF EDUCATION, CENTER OF ESD
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