New UNESCO project aims at strengthening education for sustainable development in Southern Africa


UNESCO has been granted SEK 21,5 million by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency SIDA to strengthen education for sustainable development in Southern Africa. The project is a collaboration with partner institutions including Rhodes University and SWEDESD and will be carried out from 2018 to 2021.

Africa faces great sustainability challenges such as poverty, unemployment, biodiversity loss, air and water quality and climate change. A rapid growing population calls for economic development, while the ecological systems that underpins this development needs to be safeguarded.

To succeed, the countries have agreed on the African Union Agenda 2063 to establish a prosperous region characterized by sustainable inclusive growth, peace and good governance. As in the UN Agenda 2030 and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the African Union emphasizes the need to invest in learning and education.

In this context, UNESCO has launched the Advanced Regional Training Programme (ARTP) in Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) for ECCE, Primary and TVET Teacher Educators in Southern Africa, a collaboration with Rhodes University, SWEDESD and other partner institutions. The project builds on many years of professional development of teachers and teacher educators in the region and will roll out in Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Moçambique and six other countries. 

The aim is to provide capacity building to support educators for the implementation of Target 4.7 of the SDG 4, which requires educators to integrate Education for Sustainable Development into all areas of education.

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