Education and Public Outreach

The Rio Declaration on sustainable development contains 27 principles of sustainability. This Agenda 21 calls for the promotion of education, public awareness and training (Chapter 36), and identifies four major thrusts of education to support sustainable future: Improving access to quality basic education, reorienting existing educational programs, developing public understanding and awareness of sustainability, and providing training. To create Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) that contains all these thrusts, all sectors of the education community will have to work together and cooperate. But since there are no universal models of ESD, each country, and city in hazardous environment in particular, will have to define its own sustainability and education priorities and actions. This then is in contradiction with those educational curricula that fail to address those priorities that are shaping local belongings and values and therefore contributing towards sustainable future. Assuming that the national and local governances can provide greater educational freedoms for pursuing local capacity-building of individuals, communities, and public sector, is the new learning strategy going to be based on simply doing things better, doing better things, or seeing things differently? The third level of this learning strategy requires educational paradigm shift for both the learners and the educators, and perhaps only the first to second level transition is possible in the foreseeable future. This session has the objective to address these multi-dimensional facets of educating learners at all levers of the society and present those educational methodologies and governance policies that would bring the city life closer to resilience and sustainability