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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.

ESD in Heart of Borneo

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.

ESD Schools

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.

Resource centres

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).

Newsletter from India
Introduction to Education for sustainable Development - video

This video is made in India and  would like to inform and sensitise teachers and education coordinators on various principles of Education for Sustainable Development (ESD).

It includes a description of WWF-India’s efforts towards introducing ESD in the formal realm of school education in India.

Value Clarification Exercises - video

This video has a stylized figurative cartoon animation to actually display pluralistic exercises such as the Changing Circles, The Line Exercise and Options.

Small scale business with a green color - video

The small-scale business trainings carried out by WWF-India under the ESD Programme set forth a structure for the development of economically profitable, socially responsible and eco-friendly small-scale business initiatives. The film shows a link between small scale business and environmental awareness. Food security, sustainable production of vegetables, fish and chicken, servicing of solarcells installations to electrify rural areas.

Education in tiger landscapes in India

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.

Model Schools

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.

Policy seminars

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.

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