About this Course
This online course aims to create awareness and strengthen water education through increased knowledge on how to embed it into a more challenging and meaningful approach towards Education for Sustainability.
In the current global context of acknowledged environmental hazards of pressing importance, Education plays a key role in fostering sustainability. Yet educational systems may need to adjust their practices to embrace the full potential that Education for Sustainability offers. Content-laden encyclopedic teaching, subject-based curriculum designs and top-down school management approaches can be replaced by student-centered learning, interdisciplinary project-based curriculums and distributed leadership management schemes.
Thus, when a school dives into a wholistic approach towards sustainability, other forms of improvement of its teaching and management practices come in the wake, and bring forth paradigm shifts that make the school a scalable model for sustainable communities.
By the end of the course participants will have explored alternative answers to these overarching issues:
- What should water education be about?
- Can such a complex concept as Sustainability be tackled in schools?
- What are the challenges facing Water Education for Sustainability?
- What teaching, learning and management approaches are more suitable to promote Sustainability?
- What examples / case studies / resources can be looked at for inspiration?
The course is structured by modules. Each module will run for 10 days, during which course participants must read basic contents and participate in suggested activities.
In all modules, participants are expected to:
- Read basic contents
- Participate in the modules´ forum
- Prepare an individual assignment (when applicable)
- Respond a set of multiple choice questions
Participants will also have access to recommended readings, videos, and suggested websites.
- Module 1: Making sense of sustainability at school: Sept 30 – Oct 20
- Module 2: Focusing on Teaching Approaches: October 11 – 20
- Module 3:Planning for Water Education in Schools: October 21 – 31
- Module 4:Learning from other models: November 1 – 10
- Extension for course completion: November 11 -18
Participants are expected to dedicate a minimum of four hours per week to the course. This time dedication should be enough to review required readings and participate in all activities (forums, exercises, quizzes). All participants who wish to read suggested readings and view related videos will require more time.
Ensuring commitment to the course and avoiding dropout
In order to minimise dropout from the course and to obtain a baseline of knowledge, attitudes, and practice all selected participants will complete a mandatory pre-course survey. Individuals who fail to complete the pre-course survey within two weeks will not be eligible to participate in the course.
Criteria for course completion and certification
In order to pass the course and receive a certificate, participants are expected to score a minimum of 50 points according to the following criteria while completing required activities including participating in discussion forums, completing quizzes, and submitting assignments:
- Participation in discussion forums – Five points per module (20 total points for participation in all fours modules)
- Quizzes – Five points per module (20 total points for completion of all four modules)
- Assignments – 30 points per assignment (60 total points for completion of both assignments, at least ine assignment requiered)
Participants who obtain at least 50 points will receive a certificate granted by the course organizers.
Course contents will be facilitated by a team of specialists representing the Education for Sustainability Programme, at the School of Education at Universidad de San Andres (Argentina) and Cap-Net UNDP. A course coordinator and the virtual campus technical support team will be present for the entire course.
Carla has worked as a teacher trainer for over 15 years, and her current research as a PhD candidate focuses on effective ways to foster Education for Sustainability. In the past she worked in the public administration sector for nearly a decade, and she also coordinated an environmental education programme for an NGO. Her area of expertise is Education, and more specifically, how to enhance schools’ effectiveness in promoting transformative learning towards sustainability.
Bachelor of Communication and Specialist in Education with Management Orientation (UDESA). She served as Co-Director of the Education for Sustainability Programme (UDESA) and since 2012 was coordinator of several projects in the Green Schools Programme, including the development and implementation of the “Green Schools Award”. From the beginning of 2016 until 2018 she worked as the Special Projects Unit’s “Education for Sustainability” of the Ministry of Education of the Autonomous City of Buenos Aires. She took part in the elaboration of the “Curricular Framework of Environmental Education of the Autonomous City of Buenos Aires” and other publications as: “Towards a Green School – Strengthening our environmental bonds”, “Our plants and animals Alphabet”, “Agroecological school gardens” and “Teacher´s Creative Reuse Guide”.
Cap-Net´s Virtual Campus Coordinator. Damian has facilitated water-related courses in Latin America, Africa, Asia, and Europe, and participated as team member for the development of various training manuals. He is passionate for innovative learning approaches and partnership building for human and environmental development.
Education for Sustainability Programme, School of Education, Universidad de San Andres www.udesa.edu.ar/pes
The Education for Sustainability Programme aims at the welfare of the whole school, the community and the environment. The programme aims to inspire students to become aware of the environment and their part in it, empowers them to make a difference in their school, at their home and in their local communities.
The Programme goal is to facilitate the development of Education for Sustainability through the design and implementation of practices and contents that schools can integrate.
The programme addresses the complexity of sustainability through the continuous training of teachers oriented to transversal educational projects. We believe that it is necessary to develop a holistic understanding of sustainability in children and young people, and we do so through an approach that promotes critical reflection on current lifestyles and informed decision-making for a more sustainable world.
Cap-Net UNDP www.cap-net.org
Cap-Net is an international network for capacity development in sustainable water management. It is made up of a partnership of autonomous international, regional and national institutions and networks committed to capacity development in the water sector. At Global level Cap-Net works with 23 regional and country level capacity development networks with about 1.000 member organisations in 120 countries, and numerous international partners. Cap-Net UNDP delivers training and education to water professionals in Asia, Africa, Middle East, Latin America and the Caribbean.
The course is open to a maximum of 100 participants representing various stakeholder groups from the entire water / education sector worldwide and who are interested in actively following the course, participate in all activities, and complete all modules.
● capacity builders, school teachers, principles, managers
● trainers of trainers
● policy makers dedicated to school planning
● decision makers anyone interested in exploring ways in which schools and educational systems can foster Water Education by means of an approach based on Sustainability.
As this an introductory course, participants are not expected to have previous knowledge on water education for sustainability.
Sponsored by a partnership of international development organisations, the course is free.
Interested participants may apply online until September 6.Apply for Course
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September 30, 2019 - November 18, 2019