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Education as development
Educated mothers are better able to ensure the health of their children.
Educated farmers are better able to learn about alternative farming methods, and read other useful information.
Education provides opportunities for work, and thus financial security, access to healthcare and other essentials and many more choices in life.
Education about international development
Should we try to maintain an exhaustive list, on an Appropedia page, or is that already done elsewhere? It would be a huge task.
Face-to-face courses include:
- RedRW's training programs.
- International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) (Village Earth) at Colorado State University. Courses include $345 courses with 20 face-to-face hours, and 2 week courses for $1450.
- Educational Materials/Programs at NCAT's Smart Communities Network lists courses and materials in Sustainable Development.
Many universities have relevant programs. Notable examples include
Open Educational Resources
Open Educational Resources (OER) is the standard term for educational materials that can be freely accessed and used, either for personal learning or for classes.
For a listing of some relevant material on sustainability and international development, see the Open Educational Resources page.
People in many fields find themselves educating others about sustainability; social entrepreneurs, corporate communicators, non-profits, municipal workers, social workers and teachers are examples of those engaging the masses with sustainability.
Here’s how Algonquin College trains educators to enroll people with the sustainability agenda. We begin with recognizing the critical importance of worldviews. The dominant model of development is unsustainable because it is based on a flawed view of the world. http://www.policyinnovations.org/ideas/briefings/data/000241
There are other worldviews wherein “the limits to growth” are understood and local, traditional knowledge informs “resource management” and “community development” (to put it in conventional lingo). http://inesad.edu.bo/developmentroast/2012/11/we-try-to-protect-the-biosphere-but-what-about-the-ethnosphere/
When we realize how many ways there are to see the world we realize that Western education was and is grounded in a colonial worldview that systematically discounts other ways of interpreting reality, other types of wisdom and other forms of governance.
Hence, some Sustainability Educators focus on decolonizing minds and mindfully re-inhabiting places.
Next, we look at the values embedded in media, policy and curriculum. We’re inundated with competitive, individualist and exclusivist values, which are proven to be incompatible with the values of community involvement and addressing the big issues.
We need new media, policy and curriculum but for that to happen more people have to demand it. Sustainability Educators investigate what leads to participation in social change. We critique social and economic systems so we understand how to holistically engage people with sustainability; we understand our work as facilitating the much anticipated “paradigm shift”. Here’s a link to our program
and our original wiki
As you can see, Sustainability Education is much different than Environmental Education, though that is a part of our program. This quick introduction gives a little insight into how we define and approach Sustainability Education. We’ve brought the dialogue here so we can share ideas and curate progressive media/curriculum together.
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