The Working Group Green Education, a joint set-up between TUEWAS/SNRD Asia and the Pacific, is part of GIZ company-wide Working Group on Green Education/Environmental and Climate Education which was established in 2013 by the then Sectoral Departments 47 (Environment and Climate Change) and 43 (Education, Health and Social Protection). The members believe that GIZ’s efforts to support emerging economies and developing countries in introducing sustainable ways of developing and doing business will only be successful if the necessary ‘green’ knowledge and skills are available and the required attitudes and patterns of behaviour are embedded in the population. Green education promotes a shift in values in relation to environmental sustainability and supports individuals and organisations in identifying, experimenting with and teaching environmentally sustainable models of behaviour. Green education brings together formal and non-formal education, awareness rising and communication tools in areas such as environmental protection, conservation of biodiversity and climate change.
Green Education plays a special role in the achievement of the objectives of the SDGs and supports the interaction between ecological, social and economic factors.
Immediate objectives of the WG are to:
- maintain a network of green education practitioners who share knowledge and experiences with regard to Green Education in Asia and learn from Green Education projects in the region
- provide “green” knowledge and develops attitudes and patterns of behaviour that support partner countries in introducing sustainable ways of developing and doing business
- promote a shift in values in relation to environmental sustainability and supports individuals and organisations in identifying, experimenting and teaching environmentally sustainable models of behaviour