Learning for Sustainability Scotland AGM 2018
LfS Scotland AGM, Moray House, University of Edinburgh January 18th
On January 18th Jess had the pleasure of attending Learning for Sustainability (LfS) Scotland’s annual AGM. LfS is Scotland’s United Nations Recognised Regional Centre of Expertise on Education for Sustainable Development, an open membership group which S4TP have been a part of since our expansion into Scotland this academic year.
The AGM was a fantastic way for S4TP to network with other like-minded organisations keen to put sustainable development at the heart of education. It was also a chance to hear about the background to LfS Scotland, which has been in place since 2013 (a result of the UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development, 2005-2014), with the aim of increasing momentum for sustainable development in Scotland.
Jess had a fantastic time meeting teachers, outdoor education professionals and youth networks, all of whom share the same underlying values as S4TP: a vision of a generation of young people ready and able to respond to 21st-century challenges. In particular, S4TP were thrilled to be involved in a short workshop to discuss the indicators of Sustainable Development Goal 4 “Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all”. The output of such discussions will now be considered alongside those of 30 other UN-recognised groups to make this goal more accessible and relevant to each member state.
Jess also attended a brilliantly-engaging workshop by Young Scot, discussing the barriers which young people feel limit them from getting involved in sustainable development. This workshop really helped us to understand the challenges Scottish young people associate with sustainability and we now see great potential for collaboration with Young Scot and other organisations to break down some of these barriers.
Jess left the AGM feeling overwhelmingly positive about the energy and enthusiasm to meet all the SDGs and imbed their teaching into the existing curriculum of excellence in Scotland. The open membership of LfS facilitates honest and progressive discussions around the challenges of implementing the SDGs. Their model could serve as a positive and achievable example to other UN countries lagging behind Scotland’s progress on SDG implementation.
Written by: Dr. Jess Mitchell, S4TP Programme Coordinator, North England & Scotland
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