School Program

 TDP and Global Action Plan(Sweden) supported by Sidadeveloped the ‘Education for Sustainable Development in Action’ (ESDA) project to disseminate sustainable lifestyle choices for school pupils. The project began in August 2009 and phases out in December 2012. ESDA2 is intended to continue building on the successes of the project by both extending and scaling up the youth program and introducing the adult learning program within 15 regions in Ukraine. This process is proposed to form the basis for further integrating sustainable actions into Ukrainian society and culture.

During 2010 – 2012 GAP and TDP have developed and tested (with more than 2,000 teachers around the country) a seven-year curriculum of Learning for Sustainable Development – according to UNESCO, the first of its kind. Documented, long-term results, reported on request to UNEP in December 2007, include significantly reduced water use (by 11.3 %), electricity use (by 8.7 %) and garbage production (by 12.7 %).

ESDA 2 was started in March 2013 and will be continued for 3 years.  

The current phase is for scaling up: it is intended to more than triple the impact of the current, successful ESDA schools program for sustainable behavior change. This will be achieved by a three-part process of

a) Advocacy, to support current national trends to enhance policy and legislation concerning Education for Sustainable Development (ESD)

b) Improving the schools program and disseminating it in 8 more oblasts, as well as supporting an on-going process in the current 7 oblasts

c) Introducing and testing an adult program for sustainable lifestyle, initially as an invitation to parents of pupils engaged in the schools program

It is anticipated that 100-110,000 school children and upward of 180,000 adults including about 2500 teachers will be engaged, as well as numerous teachers and other educators. The schools program will be firmly rooted in formal education infrastructure, including teacher-training institutes.

The project will continue to support the school program in seven oblasts covered by the original ESDA project, namely: AR Crimea, Donetsk, Zhitomir, Cherkasy, Kharkov (Bila Tserkva), Kiev, Mykolaiv. It will further extend the ESDA school program to eight new oblasts: Ivano-Frankivsk, Dnipropetrovsk, Donetsk, Khmelnitsky, Lugansk, L’viv, Rivne, and Vinnitsa; and will develop and test a program for adults in Ivano-Frankivsk oblast.

The Lessons for Sustainable Development program comprise a whole set of practical guides building on advanced use of interactive pedagogy. The guides are used for the practical implementation of Education for Sustainable Development (ESD). The lessons are considered an extracurricular activity in the school curriculum.

Within the project we anticipate to achieve the following objectives:

1. Advocacy: to influence national educational policies toward adoption of ESD as a compulsory school subject.

2. Advance and further disseminate Lessons for Sustainable Development

  • Continue to support the program in seven existing oblasts,
  • Extend ESDA programs to eight new oblasts,
  • Complement current ESDA module with programs for grades 1-2, preschool children and out-of-school activity centers,
  • Pilot pre-service teacher training program in two pedagogical universities.

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