ESDA2 (Education for Sustainable Development in Action), a collaboration project between Global Action Plan International and Teachers for Democracy and Partnership (TDP, Ukraine) has come to an end. To conclude it, the Swedish Ambassador to Ukraine Andreas von Beckeroth, hosted a ’Lunch for Sustainability’ event at the Teacher’s house in Kiev, March 22nd 2016. Teachers, government officials, media representatives and international donor community attended the event to discuss the results, achievements, lesson learned and possible further development of the project. Marilyn Mehlmann, Annika Piirimets and Frans Lenglet were present as representatives of GAP International.
In his opening remarks, Mr. von Beckerath mentioned the importance of educating children from early age and engaging their families to achieve result in tackling environmental issues such as climate change. ESDA 2 has successfully engaged around 125 thousand families as well as thousands of teachers and other educators with support from the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency, Sida, a Swedish government agency. Initially aimed at the public school sector, it spreads further to about 1000 schools and 450 kindergartens across the Ukraine. The main objectives have been to introduce the concept of sustainable lifestyle, thus reducing environmental footprint and improving social sustainability, while testing a possible new role for schools as hubs for community development. Key results of the ESDA2 project include actual saved litres, kilograms, and kilowatt-hours that were recorded in the online platform 'Resources Saved' on the project's Ukrainian website. Participants learned to reduce their consumption of water by 12-17%, energy by 14-18%, and waste by 16-28%.
Text: LP, Source: ESDA2 Booklet. Photos: TDP Communications team