|UNESCO ESD Conference, Bonn, Germany, Mar 31-April 2nd, 2009|
Sandwatch Presented at UNESCO Conference, Bonn, Germany
The UNESCO World Conference on “Education for Sustainable Development" (ESD) March 31st -April 2nd, 2009 was attended by 900 participants from 147 countries, and Sandwatch was fortunate enough to be one of only twenty five (25) projects from around the world selected to give a presentation.
There were workshops allocated at various venues around Bonn and I participated in the Biodiversity session.
These stressed the idea of sustaining the extinct plants or plants that are now at risks especially the plants used in medicine.
This motivated me with the idea of introducing this to schools in the outer islands of The Cooks, as this is where it is most appropriate.
The Sandwatch Project was successfully exhibited at the World ESD conference in Bonn along with other good practices around the world.
The Cook Islands not only represented their country but also all Sandwatch participant countries.
There were a lot of interests in the project and participants at the conference demanded to have a copy of the Introduction to Sandwatch Manual and as well as the ESD Teachers Guide that features a chapter on how to establish Sandwatch in your community.
Luckily there was an electronic copy of these two resources as the Sandwatch booth ran out of the 100 copies sent down for the exhibition.
The Sandwatch Project has attracted a lot of participants as the approaches can also be adapted to suit other related environmental and ESD themes and goals.
I would like to extend sincere words of Meitaki Ranuinui (thanks) to the Government of Germany for their generosity in hosting the World ESD conference in Bonn.
Ms. Jane Taurarii
Ministry of Education
Curriculum Development Unit &
The Cook Islands
The Bonn Conference Photo Gallery