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
Issues / Topics
Through its members and member projects, the WG has contributed to the work of the company-wide Working Group Green Education. In 2014, it provided input to a special Green Education session at the FATA, an expert talk organised by the relevant sector departments and to the group’s Product Modul 075-05 Green education. Although there was a slowing down in activities in 2015 due to the closure of member projects and personnel fluctuation, Green Education remains a key enabler for sustainable development. During the recent SNRD Asia and the Pacific/TUEWAS conference in Bangkok in 2016, the previously-established Task Force Green Education has evolved into a Working Group and is now open to members from both TUEWAS and SNRD Asia and the Pacific.
Main issues/topics that the WG is currently focusing on include:
- Positioning the importance, concept, methodologies and formats of Green Education as a joint working group of SNRD Asia and the Pacific and TUEWAS
- Identification and elaboration of new relevant approaches
- Foster learning through life’s experiences and traditional knowledge systems
- Counter narrow conception of rationality with emotional understanding
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These topics are substantiated by, among others, responsible investment in agriculture, public-private partnership, agri-business development, sustainable agricultural practices and standards, agricultural market and trade, and agricultural data and information management systems.
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