In 2015, countries adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals. With these new Goals that universally apply to all, countries will mobilize efforts to end all forms of poverty, fight inequalities and tackle climate change, while ensuring that no one is left behind. This declaration improves an interest for a new approach to integrate sustainable development with environmental education and the needs to define the concept of environmental education for sustainable development (EESD) have emerged over the past few years. Education is chosen because education systems can at least make the effort to promote sustainable development in what they teach and in efforts to make their own institutions “green” and eco-friendly. Even less discussed education systems must do something to sustain themselves and be resilient in the face of, and to prevent, prepare for, mitigate the impact of, respond to, and recover from such emergencies.
Although taken up by enthusiasts, teacher education for environmental education and sustainable development has rarely been mainstreamed, and, where there are courses, is often approached within a disciplinary frame (Wals, A., 2009, in UNESCO, 2013). Concerning on the described issues, Training Course on Environmental Education for Sustainable Development (EESD) is one of the SEAMEO QITEP in Science (SEAQIS) efforts to increase teacher’s competence and encourage their real roles in school to overcome threats in sustainable development.
Conducting in Bandung, from 7 to 16 July 2019, Training Course on Environmental Education for Sustainable Development (EESD) has been held successfully. The training course was attended by 30 participants from several Southeast Asian Countries. In the fiscal year 2019, SEAQIS made new innovation and collaborated with the Office for Climate Education (OCE)-French to organize this training course. The OCE and its partners produce education resources and provide professional development and support to teachers around the world, particularly in developing countries related to climate change. The arrival of OCE to this event was supported by Institut Français D’indonésie (France Embassy of Indonesia) provided the transportation fund for the OCE experts.
In general, the programme was divided into two main parts. The workshop facilitated by OCE, represented by Dr Lydie Lescarmontier and Dr Mariana Rocha as the science officer from OCE. They provided the participants with knowledge on climate change and skills in inquiry-based science education. The four hands-on sessions were carried out on the topic of climate change, with a special focus on the link between climate change and ocean, climate change and agriculture, and climate change and biodiversity. Moreover, they also collaborated with Mr Parikesit Ph.D., as a local expert in presenting biodiversity in South East Asia. Session on Sustainable Development, Global Citizenship and Disaster Risk Reduction Education that organized by SEAQIS were also provided to enrich teachers understanding about global environment problem and encourage their real function in school to overcome threats in sustainable development.
Field visit to Situ Cisanti was conducted to enrich participants understanding about biodiversity and its importance to human life. During the visit, they were also informed about how human activities could impact landscape changes and ecosystem services. Participants were also invited to do a school visit to SDN 169 Sukarasa as the winner of “Sekolah Adiwiyata Mandiri 2018” and learnt about their way to manage the eco-green school. Not only classroom activities and visits, but this training also provided participants with a real-life knowledge on a disaster simulation from The Provincial Agency for Disaster Countermeasure West Java. Hopefully, this understanding will help them to mitigate the risk during a disaster and save their students’ life. The training course also supported by SEAQIS affiliation partners: National Agency for Disaster Mitigation (BNPB Indonesia), Indonesian National Commission for UNESCO (KNIU), The Man and Biosphere International Co-ordinating Council (MAB-ICC) UNESCO, also trainers and experts from some well-known universities such as Bandung Institute of Technology (ITB) and Padjadjaran University (UNPAD).
Overall, Training Course on Environmental Education for Sustainable Development went well. Each participant has committed to apply and disseminate the knowledge they got from this training to their peers and colleagues back in their hometown.