Sandwatch featured at ESD Conference Exhibition in Japan, November 2014
Sandwatch was one of twenty-five (25) Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) projects from around the world that was selected to exhibit their work during the World Conference on Education for Sustainable Development “Learn today for a sustainable future” held in Aichi-Nagoya, Japan, 10-12 November 2014.
The conference marked the end of the United Nations Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (2005-2014) and the starting point of the new Global Action Programme on ESD.
For three days in November, more than a thousand representatives from 150 countries met in Japan to assess and celebrate the achievements of the past decade and to develop strategies and activities for ESD after 2014. The conference reaffirmed the need to redouble efforts such that ESD is accepted as a mechanism to achieve a better world for present and future generations.
The Sandwatch project was one of 25 projects from five regions: Latin America & the Caribbean, Africa, Asia & the Pacific, Arab States, Europe & North America selected to display their work in an ESD exhibition during the conference. The Sandwatch exhibition focused on the programme in the Dominican Republic, which has been in progress since 2001 and is coordinated by the Dominican Republic National Commission for UNESCO and the Associated Schools Project Network, with technical support of the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources and the Ministry of Education. The exhibit also included the experience of schools in Cuba associated with the Sandwatch project there.
During the conference countries made plans and commitments for the Global Action Plan on ESD. The Dominican Republic National Commission for UNESCO and the Associated Schools Project Network, along with its partners, promoted work in two of the fields of action of the Global Action Programme; the first, strengthening the capacity of educators, trainers, and others so that they become facilitators of ESD learning; and the second, empowering and mobilising youth. They plan to use the Sandwatch methodology as the principle mechanism for action.