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Examples of Good Practice 

 

This section showcases a range of examples of good practices.

The specific projects featured, illustrate how ESD, Cultural Diversity and Intercultural Dialogue can work synergistically. They were chosen because of the learning potential they offer to those who are at the start of their journey. The templates summarising the projects’ intentions, components and processes are available for download together with relevant images and supporting material.  

Do visit our matrix of good practices to review the characteristics of the projects featured in this section.

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Disclaimer:

The ‘good practice’ examples featured in this database were chosen by the  researchers of the  International Research Institute in Sustainability (IRIS) based on a careful evaluation of the templates received and in light of the criteria defined in the guidance document.
 
While every effort is made to ensure the quality of the information contained in this webtool, this implies neither responsibility for , nor approval of the initiatives or opinions featured therein on the part of UNESCO. 
 
The designations employed and the presentation of material throughout this webtool  do not imply the expression of any opinion whatsoever on the part of UNESCO concerning the legal status of any country, territory, city or area or its authorities, or concerning its frontiers or boundaries

 

 

Case Study from Australia

The Kurilpa Cultural Project: Connecting Sustainability and cultural initiatives in an Australian childcare setting.

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Kurilpa Community Childcare Centre

The Kurilpa Cultural Project is an action research project undertaken at a childhood education centre in Australia. The project aimed to build a holistic understanding of sustainability across all aspects of service delivery. It engaged educators in critical reflection to assess the influence of their own cultural backgrounds on their thinking and practices, as individuals, and educators in early childhood settings. The project involved children in learning about cultural diversity in the context of sustainable development. The key topics explored included Reconciliation, embedding Indigenous perspectives, sustainability and multilingualism. The action research project invited transformative and participatory learning. It encouraged educators to become instigators of change within their centre as well as use their own practice as a basis for evaluation and improvement of sustainability and cultural diversity issues. 

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Key Contact: Melinda Miller

 

 

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Case Study from China

Community Education for Sustainable Development on the Tibetan Plateau

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Shangri-la Institute

The Community ESD Project seeks to facilitate and support sustainability learning processes and initiatives to promote community participation in selected areas on the Tibetan Plateau and beyond. The aim is to enable communities of these areas to actively participate as citizens in the development and conservation of an ecologically sustainable, economically viable, socially just and democratic society. The project is located in an area with rich cultural diversity. Culture is a major concern of many of the communities which believe that their unique cultures need to be preserved and shared with others for common benefit. The project has used cultural diversity and intercultural dialogue as the basis for informing ESD and as integral parts of the planning and implementation stages. It has offered opportunities for communities with different cultural backgrounds, beliefs and philosophies to share and exchange ideas as well as set up common goals for a sustainable future in the region.

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Key Contact: Yunhua Liu

 

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Case Study from Asia and Pacific Region

Stengthening the bonds between scientific literacy and human understanding: Local area networks to help build cross-border solutions for disaster management

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La Trobe University

The Project aims to develop the scientific skills and competencies of young scientists in remote and developing locations in the Asia and Pacific region. It engages these young scientists, and their teachers, in projects which strengthen links between science and social practice in water management (including climate patterns) and biodiversity. Working from the principle that sustainable outcomes are linked with culturally embedded knowledge and skills, the Project facilitates and promotes local networks and links between local and remote communities. It promotes dialogues at local level through the use of local mythology, representations and oral histories. By sharing these understandings there is the possibility for better linking sustainability improvement strategies with traditional practices.

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Key Contact: Prof Margaret Robertson

 

©Margaret Robertson/La Trobe University

 

Case Study from Mexico

Higher Intercultural Education For Sustainability In Rural Veracruz, Mexico

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Universidad Veracruzana

This Project contributes to building a sustainable society through an articulated education and research strategy  which integrates sustainability and cultural principles through community participatory processes. The Universidad Veracruzana Intercultural (UVI) acknowledges that there is the need for providing sustainability learning opportunities which connect cultural issues, students and local communities. It is hoped that through the project future professionals and their communities will be more capable to respond to sustainability issues such as water and forest management, food security or environmental health. The Project promotes the creation of intercultural spaces for UVI students and others from the local community so that visions for a sustainable future can be developed. Local knowledge on sustainability issues is valued and enriched with other sources of knowledge through intercultural dialogue.

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Key Contact: Helio M. García Campos

 

 

 

   

Case Study from UK

Linking Karma to Climate Change (The K2CC Project)

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The Lotus Trust

The K2CC Project is designed to help the British Hindu community reduce their ecological footprint by linking sustainability actions to scriptural injunctions. The Project acknowledges that standard educational messages, couched in the thought patterns of middle England, may not be the best way to reach the hearts and minds of Hindus. It seeks to construct a cultural resonant sustainability message built on the traditions, cultural beliefs and authorities of the Hindu community in England. Different initiatives and educational experiences have been organised in various Hindu festivals and forums engaging this community in acting towards sustainability through connecting sustainable development with spiritual believes.

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Key Contact: Martin Haigh

 

 

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Case Study from China

Water School for a Living Yangtze - Phase 1 (2008-2010)

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Shangri-la Institute

The Water School for a Living Yangtze aims to restore the ecological integrity of the Yangtze River through effective public participation in sustainable water resource management. Through participatory learning and action initiatives by schools and communities, the Project aims to foster environmental stewardship in selected watershed of the Yangtze. The strong focus on regional specific resources allows for local conditions, community needs and cultural heritage to be identified and incorporated within the learning. Through enhancing place-based learning, communities and students are able to directly learn from their environment and simultaneously understand their cultural values. Active learning, creative expressions and intercultural dialogue are also promoted to envisage sustainable futures and collaboratively discuss viable options for achieving sustainability.

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Key Contact: Duojie Caidan

@Alexina Liao/Shangri-la Institute for Sustainable Communities

   

 

Case Study from Mediterranean Region

HYDRIA: Collection, Storage & Distribution of Water in Antiquity - Linking Ancient Wisdom to Modern Needs

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Mediterranean Information Office for Environment, Culture and Sustainable Developments

HYDRIA is an awareness and sensitisation website about water related cultural diversity which primarily targets citizens of the Mediterranean countries. HYDRIA uses water as a vehicle to unfold the diverse and common, tangible and intangible Mediterranean cultural heritage. The website showcases several case studies from the Mediterranean countries. These are presented via a series of texts, photographic material, as well as 2D animations. In these case studies, links are made to cultural elements that depict how societies evolved around water resources. HYDRIA highlights these links through the “ESD lenses”. It presents the water related cultural heritage making connections to today´s concepts, principles and challenges of sustainability.

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HYDRIA Project

Key Contact: Ms Iro Alampei

© MIO-ECSDE/Stelios Lekakis

   

 

Case Study from Canada 

The Human Factor – Personalizing a Global Challenge through Museum Exhibits and Programs

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Royal Saskatchewan Museum

As cultural stakeholders and a key part of the informal education system, museums attract millions of visitors every year and provide unique spaces for reflection, discussion, and learning.  The Royal Saskatchewan Museum in Canada was motivated to develop The Human Factor exhibit and its programs which reflect the institution commitment to become an agent of social change. The main objective of The Human Factor exhibit is to foster consciousness and empowerment around the fact that humanity’s ecological footprints are challenging limits and knocking systems out of balance.  The Project aims to instil a sense of wonder and concern about the global ecosystem and the different phases of human and cultural development, to encourage critical reflection about our dependence on nature and human communities, and to stimulate discussions and actions to negotiate sustainable pathways.

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Key Contact: Glenn Sutter

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Case Study from Ethiopia 

Connecting youth with culture, nature and themselves for sustainable life

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MELCA

This Project promotes the role and value of indigenous knowledge, traditional practices and lifestyles in achieving sustainability in Ethiopian communities. The Project uses an intergenerational learning approach to engage students in schools in understanding their own cultural background, respect the traditional values and practices of their communities, and become change agents for cultural diversity and sustainability. The students are taken to natural spaces and are involved in critically reflecting upon their cultural assumptions and how these relate to nature conservation and sustainability. Elders from their communities talk to them about biodiversity and tell them stories which are rooted in their cultures. Students have the opportunity to learn about traditional practices, but also to confront them with the scientific knowledge learned at school.

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Key Contact: Million Belay

 

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International Case Study

ARTiculating Values: Youngsters act in EuroMed. Creative & peoples-connecting value debate (ART)

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Interkulturelles Zentrum

ARTiculating Values seeks to promote intercultural dialogue amongst youth from the EU member states and MEDA-countries to share visions and pathways for a more sustainable world. The Project has also involved youth coming from different social contexts (cultural minorities, migrants, etc.). Through training sessions using creative expressions, critical and creative pedagogies, as well as creating intercultural and social learning spaces, the Project has engaged young people in critically reflecting upon their own values and worldviews, questioning cultural assumptions and sharing common goals to achieve a more peaceful and sustainable society.

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Key Contact: Rebecca Luise Zeilinger 

 

 

© Interkulturelles Zentrum

   

Case Study from Spain

Living, learning and acting for the future in a historically and culturally significant city

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Universitat de Girona

This Project focuses on the sustainability learning experiences offered through the teacher education programme at the University of Girona (Spain). The programme aims to train future educators as professionals who will transmit a body of knowledge related to the sustainability and cultural heritage of the city of Girona and experiences related to it. It offers opportunities to future teachers to learn how to know and live, and how to foster a sustainable urban centre in Girona, a historical and cultural city in Catalonia, Spain. Different initiatives are designed so as to encourage students to reflect critically on the social and cultural dimensions of sustainability in the context of the city of Girona;  learn about the different cultures which have influenced and shaped the cultural heritage and living of this city; and, engage learners  in envisioning a sustainable city.

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Key Contact: Rosa Maria Medir

 

 
   

Case Study from Argentina

Education for Sustainability Programme

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Universidad San Andrés Education for Sustainability Programme

The Education for Sustainability Programme is a school project in Argentina which facilitates the process of embedding ESD and cultural diversity in specific practices, initiatives and content in a school context. Project-based and action learning are the key methodologies and pedagogies used to enhance the commitment, ownership and active participation of students and teachers, so they can become real change agents for sustainability. This learning process is based on the creation of intercultural dialogue and participation spaces where the development of human creativity is possible in different areas: critical thinking, futures thinking, acting with local and global responsibility, participating in democratic decision-making processes, understanding different cultural worldviews, challenging cultural assumptions, and freedom of expression.

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Key Contact: Damasia Ezcurra

 

 

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Case Study from Brazil

Programa Certificação “Turismo CO2 Neutro” (Tourism Carbon Free Certification Program)

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Associação Movimento Mecenas da Vida

The Brazilian Project aims to reorient tourist practices towards sustainability through collectively reducing and neutralizing the CO2 emissions generated by the tourism industry. The Project involves various stakeholders including local farmers, tourism companies and tourists and provides them with intercultural dialogue spaces where they can question and challenge traditional farming practices and tourist business models. Through these spaces and other educational and awareness activities, stakeholders define common goals to move towards sustainability within their region and become change agents implementing transformative actions which improve nature conservation and tourist practices.

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Key Contact: Eva Arbat

 

 

©Movimento Mecenas da Vida

   

Case Study from Japan

Education for Sustainable Development and Cultural Diversity in Montsebu, Hokkaido, Japan

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Mopetsu Sanctuary Network (in Japanese)

This Project encourages sustainable development practices through empowering  the Ainu,  an indigenous people in Northern Japan, and promoting the right to recovery of their ancestral lands and natural resource use. A network called Mo-pet Sanctuary Network (MSN) was set up and includes local members, indigenous and non-indigenous people, as well as different NGOs to discuss visions and pathways towards sustainability. Ainu people have been actively involved in decision-making processes of local development. This process is relevant to ensure that diverse people from different cultural backgrounds can live together and respect each other. The project has also raised awareness about the importance of Ainu indigenous knowledge and values to move towards sustainable development.

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Key Contact: Fumiko Noguchi

 

 

Case Study from Costa Rica

Tárcoles: Towards a Community based Marine Area for Responsible Artisanal Fishing

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CoopeSoliDar R.L.

This Process supports the recognition of the Community based Marine Area for Responsible Artisanal Fishing in Tárcoles (Costa Rica). It provides spaces for local governance and opportunities for fishermen and fisherwomen to implement responsible fisheries management measures. The Process empowers fishermen and fisherwomen to participate and take action in governance issues and ensures that their indigenous knowledge and cultural identities are taken into account in decision-making processes. Through creating and strengthening collaborative and learning partnerships, different stakeholders are engaged in a social learning process. Critical dialogues and sustainability learning practices enhance the co-creation of innovative knowledge which integrates both scientific and traditional perspectives.

CoopeTárcoles R.L.

Consorcio Por La Mar R.L.

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Key Contact: Vivienne Solis 

 

 

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Case Study from UK

Shoot Nations 2010: Global Photography Project on ‘City Living’

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Plan UK

The Shoot Nations Project promotes creative learning and intercultural dialogue through the use of photography. This tool offers a means for young people to explore, discuss and visually express ideas about social injustice, challenge their own values and stereotypes and advocate for change towards sustainability. The Shoot Nations 2010 involved young people to take pictures around the theme of urbanisation (City Living). The Project was designed to enable young people to develop knowledge of their culturally diverse world; build skills around photography and advocacy; build creative platforms to engage young people from across the globe; and, enhance the quality of ESD through using the photos as a resource bank for intercultural dialogue. It involved a global photography competition, a series of global youth workshops, global exhibitions and online gallery, as well as the development of a tool kit and learning resources.

Video: Shoot Nations 2010 - global youth photography project

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Key Contact: George Anang’a

 

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Case Study from Morocco

Academic science at the service of cultural fishermen awareness 

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AGIR Association of Integrated Management of Resources

This Project aims to develop creative and innovative collaborative processes with fishermen and culture stakeholders of the National Park of Al Hoceima (ZMPANH). It sought to provide opportunities to empower local communities and fishermen to discuss and negotiate sustainable practices regarding the fishing activities and management in this area. Through empowering these communities and involving them in intercultural dialogues, critical questions were asked, values and worldviews were shared and challenged, as well as concerted actions were implemented. Through a series of capacity building workshops the advantages of local traditional, sustainable and scientific knowledge and practices were explored.

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Key Contact: Nibani Houssine

 

 

Case Study from UK

Culture, Outdoor Learning and Sustainability – International Perspectives

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The Culture, Outdoor Learning and Sustainability Project was a formal education module in the Bsc in Outdoor learning and Science of Adventure at the University of Glamorgan (Wales, UK) with the process and content now included in current Cultural Sustainability and Cultural Literacy courses delivered by Symbiotic and Sustainable Systems Ltd (UK). The Project examined both British Western culture and a non-Western culture (Peru) in regards to their implementation of the aims of sustainability and global citizenship through outdoor tourism journeys. The Project aimed at providing learners with a reflective space so that they are able to examine the values, roles and challenges of designing and delivering culturally appropriate outdoor learning journeys to countries around the globe. This involves exploring the intimate relationships between sustainability and culture in both Western and non-Western cultural contexts through a critical process which challenges one's assumptions, but also through reviewing cultural practices which uphold sustainability and global citizenship.

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Key Contact: Kim Polistina

 

 

International Case Study

Plan Ed School Linking Programme

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Plan UK

This international Project consists of linking or partnering schools acroos northern and southern countries. The programme promotes intercultural dialogue between students and teachers from different cultural backgrounds and engages them in active exchange of experiences related to sustainable development and culture. The programme aims at increasing the capacity of teachers to integrate global perspectives and issues into school activities through the use of active learning methods and transformative pedagogies. Students, through interacting with other children in different parts of the world, learn about different cultures and identify common values and differences between cultures.

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Key Contact: Susan Evans 

 


©Susan Evans/UNESCO

 

Case Study from New Zealand

Science Wānanga

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University of Otago

Science Wānanga is an adaptive response to the needs of different communities in New Zealand. The project is based on an active and participatory learning process which engages the whole system in partnership (students, community, educators and scientists). The main objective of this Project is to address educational inequities through engaging and supporting Māori to participate and learn about sustainable development, science and health sciences.  It is acknowledged that the knowledge and experience acquired by Māori students will be applied in their communities to enhance their social, cultural and economic well-being. At the same time, the Project also offers opportunities to non- Māori scientists and students to experience another worldview including tikanga (practices) and matauranga Māori (traditional knowledge) alongside their own field of science.

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Key Contact: Davina Hunt

 

©Division of Sciences,University of Otago, NZ

 

International Case Study

e-GLO  [Earth Charter Global Learning Opportunity]

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Earth Charter Initiative

The e-GLO Project in an online course which offers a new global culture of mutual understanding and collaboration amongst youth activists and young sustainability leaders.  e-GLO aims to make a positive impact on society by familiarizing local-level youth activists with sustainability leadership skills and ethics. This is done through the use of new technologies that foster interaction, intercultural dialogue, and the wide distribution of global youth perspectives. A crucial goal of the Project is to foster collaborative, intercultural experiential learning and respectful interaction between participants who come from different countries, religions, and cultural backgrounds. Through intercultural dialogue, e-GLO expects that participants will learn a multitude of cultural perspectives, how to respectfully engage in discussion about differences, and how to embrace differences in order to address universal ethical and sustainability challenges.

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Key Contact: Jaana Laitinen

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UN Mandated University for Peace

 

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International Case Study

Youth Voices in Conservation

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World Aquarium, St Louis

The Youth Voices in Conservation Project is a global campaign and book series created by the World Aquarium’s Conservation for the Oceans Foundation.  The project aims at creating compelling models for student involvement in ecological and conservation initiatives taking into account the challenges and opportunities which cultural diversity and intercultural dialogue present.  The program encourages youth to work with each other within their communities to achieve a more sustainable future through the development of specific projects. Cultural barriers and opportunities are identified by students who develop the projects. Cultural partnerships are promoted with the intention of developing common goals related to sustainability and the achievement of greater impact at local and global levels.

Key Contact: Leonard Sonnenschein

 

 

Case Study from Canada

Sustainable Integration of Cultural Diversity within the Elementary Classroom Program

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Brock Croydon School

This Project consists of a partnership between five different schools in Canada, including Islamic, Catholic, Aboriginal and Hebrew Bilingual schools. This rich learning context enables students and teachers to engage in intercultural dialogues, understand different cultures and faiths, interact with other children and teachers from other cultures in Canada, and learn about how sustainable development issues are addressed by different cultural communities. Students are encouraged: to critically examine their own cultural traditions, values and beliefs; to become aware of the cultural and religious tensions and conflicts that exist in their community and in other countries; and, to collaborate with children from different backgrounds in dialogue and in joint ventures so as to envision a sustainable peaceful coexistence.

Key Contact: Ira Udow

 

 

Case Study from Austria

Language Circle (Sprachenkarussell)

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Europa Schule Wien

The Language Circle is an Austrian school project which promotes "migrant" languages as the basis for understanding cultural differences, enhancing quality in education and empowering children from underprivileged social economic backgrounds. Since 2009, teaching and learning at this school takes place using a multilingual approach. Initiatives such as a multilingual school library have also been developed to compile literature and resources from different parts of the world. This project uses cultural difference as a means to learn for sustainability. It challenges cultural assumptions and prejudices as well as offers opportunities to collectively engage in sustainability issues.  It engages children, teachers and families to learn from each other and work together to build a more just and peaceful world.

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Key Contact: Ilse Henner

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

©Europaschule, 1200 Wien

 

 

Case Study from Nigeria

Climate Change and Biodiversity Education

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Nigeria Youth Climate Coalition

The Climate Change and Biodiversity Education Project aims to create awareness about climate change issues. It offers learning spaces where youth in Nigeria can collaboratively negotiate opportunities for action and develop skills to become future climate leaders. The Project, through the organisation of workshops and interactive activities, promotes intercultural and interreligious dialogue on sustainable lifestyles.

Key Contact: Esther Agbarakwe

 

University of Gloucestershire, The Park, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL50 2RH. Telephone +44 (0)844 8010001.