After visiting the Alumna conference in the north of Germany, ANESCo 2019, there was much to report, that the few pages for our papers wasn´t enough to describe our thoughts and experience that we had with 35 Alumnus from around the world in a exceptional place like Vilm Island…or maybe I rather spend time discovering the beauty of Rügen and the surroundings.
Visiting two free schools in Greifswald and Rügen and the tree top walk at the Naturerbe Zentrum in Rügen, developed a critical point of view and reflexions of education system in our home countries. Environmental education was strongly addressed for a better understanding of the approach of ESD. But, bevor I continue with this report I would like to begin with the background of the topic:
ESD (Education for Sustainable Development) goes beyond its acronyms explaining education to achieve in a long term the three pillars of sustainability (economic, social and environmental) to fulfill the needs of current generations without adversely affecting future generations as UNESCO, 2014 described. But, I really consider important to address ESD for individual and for the community as a interrelated issue since individuals can become social protagonist and take responsibility of their actions meanwhile a more educated community have higher participation driving a higher level of social development. In this context, I would like to mentioned the International Bureau of Education to state the impacts of ESD:
At first: „transforming the lives of individuals and communities through education as an essential agent of change“
Second: „having a holistic vision of development, recognizing its multidimensionality with regard to sustainability, inclusion, justice, equity and cohesion“
Third: „acting from a humanistic perspective based on values, attitudes and behaviors the create and foment dignity, respect and healthy coexistence with others“
Fourth: „trusting in the power of education to increase wellbeing and the life opportunities available to people and communities“
Fifth: „timing of and managing development as the converge of cultural, political, economic and social components, emphasizing the role of education and the responsibility of educators to bring them all together“ (OBE, 2017)
After having to read those lines of the OBE and considering what we have experienced on those 10 days at the two schools and at the Naturerbe Zentrum Rügen in the north of Germany, just began to include and connect experience learning as a process of facing our natural world with knowledge for understanding and probably, for some of us, taking actions. At least this showed the perspective of professionals around the world working with education and climate related issues.
As practitioner, I become to realize that the common understanding on education can only be suitable at the moment when ESD includes the diverse disciplines into the learning process of humans guiding and building a way of consciousness on climate and therefore impulsing a „climate literacy“ generation.
A social understanding of economics is raised when talking about benefit sharing of management in national parks as a way to become an awareness homo sustinensis practitioner. In this way, experience learning also enable us to be confronted to a new situation in reflexion to what we already know and sharing the different perspectives of our countries and at the same time feeling motivated and encouraged to be part of this agent of change for sustainability specially in issues of education and resource use. This awareness is crossing the outline of ESD on practice, since there is a necessity of institutional review of our practice in education, but also looking at the ethos of institutions and practitioners, whatever generation, to cope with sustainable development.
Having to say that, I was just ready for a challenge! to bring my knowledge and experience of over ten years in Germany and reflect the education and values in my own sleepy amazonian childhood hometown. With support of the Center of International Migration (CIM) and a huge willingness to support my mates in Peru and around the globe. There will be three weeks of intensive exchange of experience and knowledge for primary education for school teacher in the first grades… and of course you can participate at any time with your insides and thoughts in this blog!
I`ll keep you Inform!