THEME: Education and Sustainable Development: Possibilities and Challenges

“Education is of prime importance for promoting sustainable development and helping people to develop competencies in order to solve environmental and development problems.” (UNCED, 1993, chap. 36.3)

The increase of population at an exponential rate, consumption of resources as well as generation of enormous waste has lead to the emergence of sustainable development as the global goal of the millennium. Sustainable development encompasses environment, society, economy, culture and takes into account the linkages between these aspects. Realization of education as the basis for developing competencies for a sustainable human society, lead to the declaration of 2005-2014 as the Decade of Education for Sustainable Development by UN General Assembly. Reorienting education to sustainability requires recognizing the need of interdisciplinary and value driven approach to address issues of environment, social justice, human rights and equity. “Sustainable development is the development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs”. (1987,World Commission on Environment and Development) Agenda 21, a global agenda adopted at the 1992 Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, reiterated the importance of education for sustainable development and called for a reorientation of environmental education to include and reflect the aspects of sustainable development. Environmental education is, thus, considered as an important part of education for sustainable development. The aim of education for Sustainable development(ESD) is to succeed in making individuals and communities understand the complex nature of the environment in totality resulting from the interaction of their social, political, economic, ethical and cultural aspects, and acquire the knowledge, values, attitudes and practical skills to participate in a responsible and effective way in solving environmental problems. Emphasizing the importance of EE, Kothari Commission (1964-66), National Policy of Education (1986) and the Supreme Court of India (2004) stressed on the inclusion of environmental education in school curriculum.

The goal of environmental sustainability and its inclusion in school curriculum poses challenges for teachers, educators as well as curriculum developers to evolve curriculum, pedagogy and assessment in order to promote teaching and learning for sustainable development. NCTE (2004), UNESCO (2002, 2010) emphasized the importance of ESD in pre-service teacher and in–service teacher education programmes. Thus, teacher education programmes need to reorient pre-service teacher education to address various aspects of Education for sustainable development.

With this vision, the Department of Elementary Education at Lady Shri Ram College for Women takes the opportunity to dedicate this Academic Meet, SEHAR, to exploring the possibilities and challenges of inclusion of Education for sustainable development in Teacher Education Programs and its implications for school curriculum. This meet would endeavor to explore some of the issues such as:

9:30 a.m Welcome
9:45 - 11:30 a.m. Panel discussion: Education and Sustainable Development: Possibilities and Challenges
Prof. Anita Rampal, Central Institute of Education, University of Delhi
Prof. Dunu Roy, Director, Hazards Centre
Ms Ranjana Saikia, Director, Educating Youth for Sustainable Development Division, TERI
Dr. Aseem Shrivastava, Economist and Author
11:30 a.m. tea
12:00-1:30 p.m. In the Language of Colours
Poster Making Competition

Topic: To be given on the spot Participation: Individual Venue: Curriculum Lab
Orienting Pre-service Teachers towards Sustainable Development Workshop for students

Resource person: Ms. Shreya Jani
Venue: Room No. 8
1:30 - 2:30p.m. Funk From Junk
Creating something innovative and useful from junk
Participation: In teams of two
Participants are required to get their own material
Venue: Journo Gazebo
Meeting of the Minds
Group discussion on Sustainable Development

Topic: To be given on the spot
Participation: Individual
Venue: Curriculum Lab
2:30 - 3:45p.m. Quriosity: The Green Quiz A Quiz on Environment
Participation: In teams of two
Last date for registration:
Wednesday, 16th January 2013
Venue: Auditorium

Environment Saviours: Spread the Word
5 minute performance to spread awareness about a given environmental issue

Topic: To be given on the spot followed by preparation time(30mins)
Participation: In teams of four
Venue: Bamboo Hut
Ongoing event Through My Lens
Capture The Essence of thr picture:Caption It
Venue:LOyer Foyer
4:00-4:30p.m. Valedictory session
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