Welcome to the February edition of the SEEd e-newsletter. Here, you will find news on sustainable development in the Education sector and sustainable schools, ESD, environment news, sustainability news, jobs, funding and any upcoming events, courses or consultations.
Things are gathering pace in the world of Education for Sustainability and I am surprised as anyone to say that!
So firstly a huge thank you to the 175 of you who responded so far to the UNESCO survey about ESD practice across all sectors. UNESCO were very impressed that we achieved that in 3 weeks. But there is still time! So click here to complete the form - HINT: you do have to do it in one sitting, so allow 10 minutes. We are aiming for 250 responses from schools, NGOs, businesses, universities, local authorities and government across the whole UK. This will be the biggest survey of ESD practice yet. If you want to be part of it you have until 29th February.
The results will be shared with everyone who has responded and you will get an invite to the Policy Forum on April 26th in London, meet UNESCO reps and discuss the implications for the UK including how this practice relates to progress in Sustainable Living.
If you would like to sponsor this event or the publication from it please contact me.
Rio+20 is not far off now and there are opportunities to comment and add input through the Education Caucus - again contact me with your views, input etc. Another opportunity is through the Education Dialogue Group who have recently become members of SEEd. They have a long history of engagement with UN processes on behalf of the education community in the UK. Read Mairi Kershaw's (the Chair) update here. Mairi is organising follow up workshops after the Rio+20 conference, so keep an eye open for them.
The Expert Panel for the National Curriculum Review produced a report and suggested framework for DfE in December. It has gone quiet since as Ministers digest the recommendations and how they fit with their concepts of Core Knowledge. But the report is worth a read especially if you need to be cheered up! The Panel recommended that 5 objectives be listed for the NC with citizenship and environmental stewardship / sustainability being the 5th! Write to your MP as Bill Scott has done and show your support of this objective and how it should be linked to the inspection framework - Bill's template letter is here.
Our Cycling4SEEd project is about to take off and anyone can be part of the documentary showcasing the Best of Sustainability in UK schools. There is even a competition for students to make a commercial. The big celebration day of all of this sustainability in schools is 11th July 2012. We are looking for sponsors currently, event, film, student competition, prizes or the book. Contact me if you are interested. Meanwhile mark your calendars!
Finally, we will have our first big collaborative working day on the Sustainability Curriculum Project on March 20th 2012, at Baden Powell House (10am - 4pm). Bring your ideas, practice, concepts and dreams to be part of this important process. Cost is £40 only for lunch and refreshments. We can only take 150 people so book early. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Plenty to do and be part of - looking forward to seeing you at our events.
Ann Finlayson, Chief Executive
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