Education for Sustainable Development

Education for Sustainable Futures: South Eastern Europe

The programme was selected as a best practice globally in the UNECE Evaluation Report “Ten years of the UNECE Strategy on ESD”. It was also presented at the Eighth Ministerial Conference “Environment for Europe” in 2016 in Batumi Georgia. The programme was also featured on the UNECE Environmental Policy Section website.

In September 2016, the Office of Curricula within the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology (MEST) in Kosovo* integrated sustainable development concepts into the primary and secondary educational system, including the Framework Curriculum for Pre-university Education and core curricula. This included cross-curricular issues such as global warming, biodiversity and renewable energy. Two high-level promotional events took place for the completion of the programme in Kosovo* and Montenegro.

Introducing the UN Sustainable Development Goals in Schools in South Eastern Europe (SEEDLING) 

Project activities provided broad support to the inclusion of ESD in the national curricula of SEEDLING beneficiary countries. Gap analyses on the implementation of ESD in secondary school curricula were developed and approved by the ministries of education in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. The national conference “Implementation of the Eco–schools Programme in Montenegro’’ was organised in October, and Montenegro became the 63rd country to implement the Eco-schools programme.

Initial discussions between the SEEDLING team and high-level representatives of the Ministry of Education of Moldova resulted in the signing of a cooperation agreement between the REC and the ministry. 

The first SEEDLING Steering Committee meeting and regional conference were organised back to back in December 2016, in Belgrade, Serbia.

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LINK Citizens’ Pack Ukraine 

The REC further developed its educational and awareness-raising multimedia Citizens’ Pack during the LINK project, specifically tailoring its content for Ukraine and with a focus on the LINK partner municipalities. The multimedia materials address global, national, regional and local environmental issues, and include virtual excursions, model stories and a multimedia encyclopaedia of plant and animal species.

Adopt the River 

The project “Adopt the River”, funded by EEA Grants, was implemented in 2015 and 2016 by REC Bulgaria. The project team developed a pilot environmental education programme based on the citizen science approach. It included a methodology for voluntary water and biodiversity monitoring, which was tested in Bulgaria and Iceland, as well as a campaign to raise public awareness about river ecosystems.

Dajti National Park 

In Albania, the first programme to be supported under the trilateral Slavkov Initiative (a cooperation agreement between Austria, the Czech Republic and Slovakia) was implemented with a focus on promoting the values of Dajti National Park through educational activities in 25 elementary and high schools, reaching more than 15,000 children and students.

Through the joint efforts of the 14 project partners at European level, the first vocational education training programme was developed for hospital waste management in Albania, targeting professionals in the health system.

* This designation is without prejudice to positions on status, and is in line with UNSCR 1244 and the ICJ Opinion on the Kosovo declaration of independence.
Education for Sustainable Development
REC expert Kliment Mindjov presents the Green Pack at the Eighth Ministerial Conference "Environment for Europe" in Batumi, Georgia.