The Training Course on Environmental Education for Sustainable Development 2016

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The most influential living creature on this Earth is human. Therefore, learning about all environment topics by discussing them as concepts won’t be enough; we, as human being, must act to face them. From past achievements and future challenges related to education in Southeast Asia–particularly linked to the development of global development goals and ASEAN integration, one can identify a number of important driving forces which will necessarily influence the future development of education in the region. These include the environmental deterioration and sustainability as well as emergency conflicts and disasters.

The   progression   and   depth   of   environmental   concerns   have   prompted   greater international interest in the need for education for sustainable development (ESD) at all levels. Since 2009, the Centre has been developing whole school approach in the promotion of environmental education. Through this, it helps to empower the science teachers and education personnel to integrate environmental education issues in schools and in community. One of the goals in this training is to improve the quality of science teaching and learning in schools with respect to environment, ecosystem conservation, and their support to sustainable development.

In addition, to continue this advocacy the Centre held a training Course on Environmental Education for Sustainable Development at Marbella Suites Hotel, Bandung, Indonesia lasting for 10 days from 19 to 28 July 2016. It was attended by 30 teachers and education personnel from the SEAMEO member countries. There were seven participants from Cambodia, Lao PDR, Brunei Darrusalam, Malaysia, Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam, and 23 participants from Indonesia. The Centre also invited 4 experts, namely, Professor Emil Salim from AIPI, Professor Shahbaz Khan from the UNESCO Regional Science Bureau for Asia and the Pacific, Professor Achmad Munandar from Indonesia University of Education and Dr Achmad Sjarmidi from the School of Life Sciences and Technology of ITB to share their expertise regarding the topics.

As the session continued, the speakers encouraged the participants to impart their knowledge to the students by giving activities such as making lesson plan related to Environmental Education for Sustainable Development topic, peer teaching and discussion activity, as well as group activities. Also the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) team emphasised the wilderness preservation and the reduction of humanity’s footprint on the environment especially about endangered, vulnerable, and threatened animals in Southeast Asia. At the same time Panda Mobile was opened to selected elementary students at PPPTK IPA Bandung ground on 26 July 2016 as part of their advocacy.

The Participants also had the out of the classroom activities like visiting the Saung Angklung “Mang Udjo”, SEAMEO BIOTROP, SMK Wikrama Bogor, Taman Hutan Raya Ir. H. Djuanda, Bandung Geological Museum, and Pasar Baru Trade Centre. At the end of the training, they shared their talents in a cultural exchange programme with zest.