Newsletter from India
WWF Education in Asia
How does WWF work with education in tropical forests in the heart of Borneo or in tiger landscapes? Here you find interesting information about programmes running in India and Indonesia.
WWF - Indonesia has developed Education for Sustainable Development, ESD, since 2008 in eight districts of the targeted 10 districts in three provinces of Kalimantan, the Indonesian part of Borneo.
There are 33 schools that are in the process of developing into model schools that actively share their good practice, leading to students who, after graduation, have the knowledge, motivation and action competence to participate in sustainable development.
The activities began with basic training in ESD for teachers, principals and supervisors in the Heart of Borneo (HoB) area. ESD is currently developing in three pilot schools in each district and networks of trainers build capacity of others.
ESD is still new in Indonesia and not widely known. WWF will therefore strengthen the introduction of ESD to educators and relevant stakeholders.
In the HoB area will the pilot schools be further facilitated in their Whole School Approach in ESD by supporting development of resource centres that will impact the communities around the schools. Schools will develop libraries with resource material and arrange activities to share skills that can enrich the knowledge of the local communities which can improve the economy and welfare (to improve nutrition, awareness of hygiene, health, organic agriculture development, medicinal plants and conservation).
WWF India isengaged in conservation programs in Sunderbans and Satpuda Maikal Landscape (SML). The landscapes are severely stressed by the pressure on natural resources. The decreasing numbers of tigers is an indicator of deteriorating nature. The aim is to achieve conservation objectives by poverty alleviation via ecosystem based natural resource management. An ambition of a more sustainable development is supported by the education system to empower people with knowledge, skills and values.
4 Model Schools were begun in Sunderbans in 2009 and 2 each in Chattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh respectively in 2010. All staff is being trained and the schools continuously supported. The schools prepare the students for an active and responsible way of living but schools should also be spearheads for development of the society.
WWF India and WWF Sweden have been cooperating since 2007 in the implementation of policy seminars on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) .
Development of demonstration sites is being supported and resource materials in the regional languages have been developed.