AREAi hosts Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) Training for 30 Youth Educators in Lagos Nigeria

On Sat urday 25th of March 2017, AID  FOR  RURAL EDUCATION  ACCESS  INITIATIVE  (AREAi) hosted a Capacity  Building Workshop to empower youth  educators and trainers from youth-led organizations on Education  for  Sustainable Development  (ESD).  A  total  of 30 Youth Educators from 24  different organizations,  in the 18-35  age group, all of whom are passionate  about sustainability issues and are  already working as active leaders  in sustainable development in their communities,attended the  comprehensive capacitybuilding  leadership training on ESD which  was  organized in partnership with  All  Nigerian United Nations Student and Youth Association (ANUNSA), University  of  Lagos. The Workshop was conducted as  a  concluding phase of  the UNESCO  ESD Leadership  Training UNESCO GAP PN4 Flagship Project which  aimed  at  training  ESD  Leaders who will  be multipliers, conducting ESD  workshops  in  their communities and regions  across the world,and as  well  as  building a network  of  ESD  Young  Leaders.  The event with the Theme “Youth Expanding the Frontiers  of  Education  for  Sustainable Development“engaged the  Youth Educators on practical ways they can champion the advancement of ESD  through formal and informal settings most  particularly through the work  of  their organizations at  the grassroots.  From  Film Screening to  Case Studies and Experiential  Learning Exercises on Sustainability Issues focused on Climate Change/Environmental  Conversation,  Peace  and Intercultural Dialogue,  Global Citizenship Education  and Sustainable Lifestyles, lessons were  drawn from  the  core  fundamental modules of  ESD Leadership, SDG Action  and Communications/Facilitation  using Videos  and Power Point Files  from  the  Nairobi  Workshop.

The  First  Module on  ESD Leadership  gave the participants  the  opportunity  to  share  their different contextual and general  understanding  of  ESD  and the  approaches  they  have deployed/are  deploying  in  facilitation.  They  were  intimated on how  to educate for Sustainable development with emphasis  on the priorities  for  ESD as  well  as  the  ESD Competencies for  learners  and trainers.   The  SDG Action Session,which  was  introduced with a  Short  Video  Narrative  on the  Transition from  MDGs  to  SDGs,  was the  most  interactive  as the  participants  took  an online  test  via  www.17goals.org  to concretize  their  knowledge about  the  SDGs. Using the  stretch  mode of  facilitation, the participants  equipped with  the requisite capacities  and  knowledge  required to  drive local implementation of  the Sustainable Development  Goals. Sharing  success  stories, case  studies and best  practices, the Host, Prince  Olanrewaju  Gideon Seun  introduced  the  A-S-A-P Model of  Social  Change  which revolves  around raising awareness,  creating  service  projects, conducting  advocacy cammpaigns to promote accountability  and expressing  philanthropic  gestures  to  deliver  on the targets  of  the  Global  Goals.

To  add  practicality, the  Youth Educators  were  each implored to  pick  one  of  the  17  goals  that  aligns  with  their  passion/interest  and then  design  a project  to drive its  actualization. Different ideas  were  shared with  core  discussions  on project design, needs  mapping, visioning,  volunteering,  resource  mobilization, monitoring  and evaluation and many  more  important  aspects  of  social  good. The  Workshop  ended  with  the Communication/Facilitation  module  as  the  participants  engaged in  an  Activity  posed at establishing their  different facilitation  styles. The  whole  event lasted  for  Four  Hours  and ended on a high note with photograph and networking sessions.

At  the end of  the  workshop, many  of  the  participants  expressed their  willingness  to  host follow-up  events to  further  train other  Young Leaders  and/or  Cluster  of  young children between the  ages  of  7 and 16 based on all  they  learnt at  the  event.  This  was  stipulated as part  of  the  criteria  for  participation  at the  Workshop  when the  Call  for  Applications was made.   Based on the  reflections we  had  at the  end of  each  of  the  three  Sessions, it  became  vividly evident  that Young people,  when presented  with  capacity  building  opportunities, are enthusiastic and ready  to  lead change  for  Education to  fulfil  its  economic role of  building competent citizens who are empowered to live and lead a sustainable future.

Also in attendance at the workshop are: Jennifer Uchendu of Sustyvibes who falicitated a session on Environmentalism as well Omole Olumuyiwa (Executive Director, AREAi) and Odanye Kehinde (Program Director, Skills for Life Drive).

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