The importance of Education for Sustainable Development (ESD)
ESD is important because it is a positive response to the global challenge of how to live sustainably, without compromising quality of life for future generations.
Children today are growing up in a world that’s very different from the one we know, one that is creating new demands and opportunities across borders. With such immense pressure to succeed in life, individuals who lack values on sustainable living might take natural resources for granted and expect such resources to always be there when they need them.
WWF-Malaysia believes that ESD integrates the importance of natural environment with the social well-being and green economy, featured prominently in both formal education system and non-formal activities, in order to instill values and appreciation for Mother Nature whilst sensitising children on sustainable development issues.
Our Eco-Schools programme is designed to educate and empower students to adopt sustainable lifestyles within their school community and beyond, and to position the students as eco-ambassadors for the next generation.
Watch this interesting animated explanation of Eco-Schools
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The Eco-Schools programme follows a simple seven-step process which helps them address a variety of environmental themes ranging from litter and waste to healthy living and biodiversity conservation. Examples:
By donating to our Eco-Schools programme today, you will help WWF-Malaysia in the following ways:-
- Training teachers and students on the Eco-Schools concept.
- Development of new and relevant contents, materials and activities.
- Organise the annual International Eco-Schools Malaysia Conference.
- Reach out to more schools in the country; therefore spreading the knowledge of sustainable living.
©WWF-Malaysia / Green Mentor
SJKT Ringlet student (green jacket) showing others how to cultivate orchids during International Eco-Schools Conference 2014