We are excited about our Chief Executive Director’s participation in The Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) Youth Leaders Training/Workshop organized by the WWF Regional Office for Africa in partnership with UNESCO Secretariat, Paris France which was held in Amber Hotel,Ngong in Nairobi Kenya from February 16th to 18th 2017.
The workshop which converged top ESD Youth Leaders from Madagascar, Rwanda, Tanzania, Congo Brazzaville, Ethiopia, Nigeria, Somalia, South Africa, Uganda, Zambia, Kenya and Côte d’Ivoire who have made impacts in their contexts towards achieving Education for Sustainable Development and Sustainability was designed around building a vibrant network of youth actors who will advance awareness and ensure implementation of the Global Action Program on Education for Sustainable Development which was adopted after the end of the United Nations Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (2005-2014).
Over the course of the the workshop,three key thematic focuses formed the basis of engagement between the young leaders and the trainers. Firstly, the deep interpretation of the role of young people in the implementation of the 17 sustainable development goals. There was deliberations on the need for young people to rethink their leadership model. Speaking across different modules and sessions, Abel Titi from United Nations University Institue for the Advanced Study of Sustainability and Julie Saito from UNESCO Office, Paris empathized that young people are invited to go beyond their comfort zones, develop ethical leadership and sustainability. This new type of leadership must lead young people to be more emphatic, to develop a new system of thought and, above all, to become “radical” if necessary. To radicalize not to create disturbances or to integrate extremist groups, but rather to find solutions for their communities through technologies, networking, advocacy, inclusion and sustainable approaches.
The second highlight of the workshop was devoted to group work by country to propose project ideas. Young people from Zambia proposed a project to promote SDGs, while young people from the Congo proposed a project to plant trees in urban areas in Brazzaville. The young people of Côte d’Ivoire proposed a project to combat Pollution from the transport sector and another organic farming project. The other young people proposed such innovative projects.
The third and final stage of the workshop was devoted to networking, in which the youth present shared their different skills and opportunities with each other was which led by Funmi Oyatogun from Nigeria and Philip Egessa from Uganda, two of the 50 young people who attended the first ever World Conference on Education for Sustainable Development opens in Aichi-Nagoya, Japan.
In a bid to scale up action of accelerating UNESCO ESD GAP, we shall be organizing A Capacity Building Workshop for Youth Educators in Lagos , Nigeria which will be the first in a series of efforts to mobilize young people as Trainers and Enablers of the Sustainability Agenda. As we seek to mobilize young people to take concrete actions on Sustainable Development in their local context and on personal level, we remain committed to propagating the efforts of UNESCO in enabling the current generations to meet their needs while allowing future generations to meet their own, with a balanced and integrated approach regarding the economic, social and environmental dimensions of sustainable development.
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