Scaling-up was the theme of a meeting of more than 80 members of the UNESCO Partner Networks of the Global Action Programme (GAP) on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD)
The group, which met at UNESCO Headquarters, Paris on July 5-6, serves as a global community of practice and is made up of five networks, each tackling a priority area of the GAP; policy, transforming learning, capacity-building, mobilizing youth and accelerating local solutions. The GAP is intended to drive a worldwide effort on Education for Sustainable Development, a crucial element in achieving the new Global Education Agenda.
Opening the meeting, Ms Soo Hyang Choi, Director of the UNESCO Division for Inclusion, Peace and Sustainable Development, reminded partners of the new ESD landscape by saying: “Traditionally ESD has been seen only as an environmental issue. For young people this is no longer the case. For youth it is a lifestyle choice and a value issue. This is how they approach ESD.”
Generating and multiplying action on the ground is at the heart of the GAP. Building partner networks that bring together key stakeholders is a central strategy set out in the roadmap for implementing the GAP.
Collective energy to brainstorm new ideas
The five partner networks met to review progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals which contain three targets related to ESD. Achievements, which were documented in a Preliminary Monitoring Report, include:
- reaching more than one million stakeholders with information
- working with nearly 100,000 individuals face-to-face and online
- conducting nearly 500 in-person trainings and online trainings that served 30,000 stakeholders
- welcoming 1600 new members to the networks.
The 2nd GAP meeting in Paris provided an extraordinary opportunity to create synergies and strengthen international cooperation. Gaia Education, an active member of GAP Partner Network Accelerating Local Solutions, has established new strategic connections that will support GAP in its scaling-up efforts!
Partner profiles are available on the UNESCO GAP Clearinghouse website. The GAP was launched at the World Conference on ESD in November 2014.