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New Approaches to Education for Sustainable Development (ESD)

Two delegates to the World Summit on Sustainable Development walk in front of a giant globe in Sandton Square, adjacent to the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg, South Africa, Monday Aug. 26, 2002. (AP Photo/Jon Hrusa)

26 June, 2:00 p.m., Room C
Hosted by
German Commission for UNESCO, UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (ESD)

Informal education plays an important role in the field of education for sustainable development (ESD). The diversity of social media applications allows people to address a broad audience, ranging from interested citizens to active consumers and academic experts. Interdisciplinary strategies and user-friendly tools lay the groundwork for alternative pathways to bring sustainability issues into peoples’ lives and actions. This workshop includes two best-practice presentations followed by a panel discussion.

Germany's prestigious Grimme Institute – well-known throughout the country for its Grimme TV Award – will present the project "Digital Storytelling and DeTALES – Digital Education Through Adult Learners EU-Enlargement Stories".Its aim is to introduce the theory of digital storytelling and exemplify how even beginners can easily use its methods, strategies and practical tools in sustainability projects. DeTALES brings together adult learners from old and new/potential EU member states with a view to create and share personal digital stories by using low-cost digital devices. The Grimme Institute will also present its project "NRW denkt nachhaltig" (North Rhine-Westphalia Thinks Sustainably) – an example of how digital stories can promote sustainability and life-long learning issues.

The second presentation will address media representatives and multipliers as well as environmental protection stakeholders: “The 5th International Summer University for Audio-Visual Communication, Renewable Energy, Energy Efficiency and the Impact of Global Warming”, organized by KMGNE (Kolleg für Management und Gestaltung nachhaltiger Entwicklung - an institute for interdisciplinary research and education in the field of sustainable development), takes place in Santiago de Chile, Sao Paulo and Berlin. The projectmakes use of journalistic and educational techniques as well as traditional mass media and digital means of communication. These multiple entry points to educational landscapes merge into the single ”story universe” of sustainable development. The main teaching methods are future scenarios, narrations, collaborative storytelling and laboratories of ideas. The results – a collection of “Best of Climate Clips” – will be screened at the workshop.

Panelists:

Borner, Dr. Joachim
Director, KMGNE and International Summer University for Audio-visual Communication, Germany

Eversloh, Saskia (Koordination)
Public Relations, Secretariat UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development, German Commission for UNESCO, Germany

Hoegen, Monika (Moderator)
Journalist

Franzen, Dr. Jutta
Member of Academic Staff, KMGNE Berlin, Germany

Gapski, Dr. Harald
Head, Media Education, Grimme Institute, Marl, Germany

Kowalski, Guido
Head, Webmastering, Grimme Institute, Marl, Germany