Ecovillage Design Education

EDE Programme Certification

Certify Your Programme

Since 2005, more than 240 Ecovillage Design Education (EDE) programmes have been formally certified or re-certified in 48 countries on six continents.

Gaia Education has recently been invited to become a Key Partner of UNESCO Global Action Programme on Education for Sustainable Development- ESD, amongst 70 selected worldwide educational institutions.

Since 1 May 2016 all certified EDEs are invited to submit two forms in the certification or re-certification processes, with a view to receiving the joint Gaia Certification and the UNESCO Global Action Programme on ESD Contributor Seals.

Programme Criteria

If your course meets the following criteria, your organisation is eligible to receive Gaia Education certification and the GAP ESD Contributor stamp.

Benefits of Cooperation with Gaia Education

Official certification is a privileged way of cooperating with Gaia Education. It consists of a mutual engagement to cooperate and work together in advancing education as a tool for designing sustainable transitions in both rural and urban contexts while providing numerous benefits.

  • Certification assures maintaining a consistent standard of course design and teaching
  • Gaia Education certification adds institutional value and international visibility to courses
  • Gaia Education certification provides access to a forum of experienced educators and designers who have been developing and updating the curriculum since 1998
  • New courses can receive mentoring by experienced EDE providers in their region, facilitated by Gaia Education
  • Host sites can benefit institutionally by adopting Gaia Education policies and branding guidelines

Application Requirements

Certification

  • A completed certification application form
  • Anticipated daily schedule of your course, including a breakdown of hours within each of the four dimensions and for design work, time allocated for orientation, regular reflections and evaluation
  • One-page resume for each primary faculty, with gender indicated, and with the EDE date and host site/venue from where the EDE primary instructor graduated, highlighted
  • A high-resolution picture of the primary instructor with a completed EDE, in jpg format
  • 2-3 high-resolution digital images of the host site, of the inside and outside facilities, excluding people, sent separately in jpg format
  • A brief description (60 words maximum) of the host site
  • Submit your organisation and host site logo in high-resolution JPEG or PNG format
  • Upon approval of application, host site must create a logo link-up between your website platform and Gaia Education website and social media
  • An application fee of £200 GBP

Re-certification

  • Daily schedule of your EDE programme
  • Final Report of the last EDE programme within the past three years
  • Participant list of last EDE programme
  • Participant evaluations of last EDE programme
  • Any instructors’ bio updates, including photos, with gender indicated and with EDE place and date of primary instructor highlighted
  • If host site is different from the last EDE, send a photo and description of the new host site
  • Pdf documents of brochures, posters, institutional leaflets etc. of the host site
  • Submit your organisation and host site logo in high-resolution JPEG format
  • Upon approval of application, host site must create a logo link-up between your website platform and Gaia Education website and social media
  • An application fee of £100 GBP

Apply here

Organising an EDE? Resources

Please download and read the following documents carefully:

Dates to Remember

Certification application should be completed six months before your programme is scheduled to start. These are the dates for applying for Gaia Education’s Certification:

Applications received betweenWill be reviewed by
January 1 – April 30June 30
May 1 – August 31October 31
September 1 – December 31February 28

We are excited about the ongoing development of the certification process and welcome your questions and suggestions at certification@gaiaeducation.org

For further information about past certified EDEs worldwide, take a look at the Gaia Education Programmes Reports.

Inspired by Gaia Education

Inspired by Gaia Education

Create your own Education for Sustainability programme and be inspired by the EDE programme.

Write to certification@gaiaeducation.org to tell us more about your programme and request the Inspired by Gaia Education logo.

What is an EDE (Ecovillage Design Education programme)?

Change Agents

Ecovillage Design Education programmes, often referred to as ‘EDEs’, take place in more than 48 countries in settings ranging from tribal and traditional communities to intentional ecovillages, from urban slums to universities and training centres. The duration of these programmes is around 125 hours over a full month, although this may vary slightly depending on where and when they are taken. The EDEs provide participants of all ages with the knowledge and practical skills to design a society which uses energy and materials with greater efficiency, distributes wealth fairly and strives to eliminate the concept of waste.