World We Want Design Education
“The world’s young people can lead a global drive to break the patterns of the past and set the world on course to a more sustainable future. Young people are directly affected by the tragic contradictions that prevail today: between abject poverty and ostentatious wealth, gnawing hunger and shameful food waste, rich natural resources and polluting industries. Youth can deliver solutions on these issues.”
Empower Our Future
“Gaia made me want to change the world.”
Setting up a Gaia Youth Programme
The Gaia Youth programme enables educators and young people to explore how the UN Sustainable Development Goals are deeply relevant to their own lives and those of all humanity, and gives them an action-learning based pathway to their local implementation in ways that are most relevant and useful to their community. Of all generations alive today, the young people who will come of age during the 14 years leading up to 2030, have the most to gain from and the most at stake in, humanity’s collaborative effort to achieve the Global Goals.
The Gaia Youth programme is a Gaia Education contribution to the global efforts in Education for Sustainable Development. The underlying integrative whole systems design approach assures that both teachers and learners are invited into a systemic way of thinking and addressing causes rather than symptoms in the global efforts to end poverty, reduce inequality and collaborate in the creation of diverse peaceful societies on a healthy planet.
“To be part of Gaia Youth is beyond words. Attempting to express a deep personal transformation that evoked an emotional spectrum requires elaboration. For me was like saying a big yes to a life changing opportunity. Both my consciousness and worldview expanded, I started to care and value different things in my daily life, and adopted to a new way of being considerably more connected with myself and everything around me.”
“Gaia Youth was a high-impactful learning experience. In a positive way I’ve left behind attitudes and thoughts that weren’t useful anymore, I’ve grown up and transformed different aspects of my life, from my daily food to my relationships and interaction with myself. Gaia led me to connect with deep feelings, emotions and desires that I was not used to listen to. During Gaia I was encouraged not only to connect with them but also to share them with the group, in a secure space, what helped me to better know myself and get the confidence to manifest my true self in daily life. An extraordinary experience!”