Education for Sustainable Development Beyond the Campus (EduCamp I)
For many reasons, the application of sustainable development concepts is no longer a luxury. Therefore, the RWTH Aachen University in Germany, in collaboration with the Center for Sustainable Development (CSD), has launched the Education for Sustainable Development Beyond the Campus (EduCamp) initiative, which seeks to introduce sustainable development concepts in Egyptian schools. The CSD is now promoting sustainable development in public schools across seven governorates.
With a budget of 1.4 million euros granted by the EU Tempus program, the EduCamp project commenced in October 2010 and was carried out over a period of three years. It involved three consecutive phases: first, producing school kits on sustainable development, energy, water, agriculture and biodiversity to enhance the existing curriculum based on a needs analysis; second, training school teachers on the newly developed kits at one of seven centers of excellence in education for sustainable development and integrating student-focused approaches such as: debates;g ames and experiments; and finally, pilot implementation in grades five to nine in public schools across seven different governorates, which were twinned with partner universities. The project also involved analyzing public school textbooks in terms of content on sustainability.
Additionally, 23 teachers from an experimental primary and preparatory school in New Cairo were trained by the CSD team to integrate sustainable development techniques into their daily teaching routine.
The kits are available as iBooks. To install them on your iPad, download the iBook app on your iPad, search in the store for ESD-Kits Level 1, ESD-Kits Level 2 and ESD-Kits Level 3 and enjoy education for sustainable development!
- RWTH Aachen University, Germany
- Graz University, Austria
- Limerick University, Ireland
- CEIFA, Portugal
- Nacken Ingenieure, Germany
- Alexandria University, Egypt
- Cairo University, Egypt
- Zagazig University, Egypt
- Suez Canal University, Egypt
- Fayoum University, Egypt
- Heliopolis University for Sustainable Development, Egypt
- Bibliotheca Alexandrina, Egypt
- SEKEM Development Foundation, Egypt
- Wadi Environmental Science Center, Egypt
- Ministry of Education, Egypt
- Ministry of Higher Education, Egypt
For more information on EduCamp, click here