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1 Working with Schools in Kenya through Faith based ESD By Dr. Dorcas Beryl Otieno. KOEE

2  In 2005 UNESCO released an International Implementation Scheme for the UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (UNESCO, 2005), which has led to implementation processes across the world at regional, sub-regional and national levels. The objectives of the decade are:  Improve quality of education at all levels for sustainable development;  Reorient education at all levels for sustainable development;  Enhance public understanding and awareness of sustainable development;  Build capacity for sustainable development.

3  Education that is devoid of values necessary for achieving sustainable development is incomplete.  In order to deliver on Vision 2030 and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), an education that mainstreams religious values into ESD is imperative for Kenya.  Faiths are a rich source of values that guide human beings in their relationship with the environment and God. God really cares about these things.

4 Common values drawn from the Christian, Muslim and Hindu faiths for this initiative include:  caring for God’s creation,  living in peace and harmony with others and nature,  stewardship of the environment,  accountability to God for preserving the earth,  wise and fair use of resources,  caring for the needy,  conviction for conservation of God’s creation and  maintaining ecological integrity.

5  Mainstreaming faith based values in the school curriculum is key in sensitizing children to practice sustainable development.  The Eco-schools Strategy is used to enable a whole school approach in transforming education into an action-oriented and value- based experience, enjoyable for both teachers and learners.  The link between Eco-schools and ESD

6  This has been developed to facilitate and demonstrates how values can be mainstreamed into the existing primary school curriculum.  This monumental piece of work is a product of a wide range of educational and faith stakeholders and therefore quite rich and comprehensive in context, style, design, content and perspectives.  Key Messages from UNEP Government bodies, Message from Religious leaders are found in the toolkit

7  Enhancethefaith-basedvalue systemand positive behaviour inthe schoolandcommunity to promote sustainable development using the eco- school strategy.  Demonstratehowfaith-basedvalues canbeintegratedinto Educationfor Sustainable Development (ESD) in the primary school curriculum.

8  a. Enhance the faith-based value system and positive behavior in the school and Community to promote sustainable development.  b. Enable teachers, pupils and the wider community to acquire awareness of and sensitivity towards environmental problems.  c. Enhance teachers’ and pupils’ capacity to identify and solve sustainable development challenges.  d. Encourage multiple approaches in teaching and learning processes for sustainable development.

9  Some World Important Days Celebrated  World Water day  World Environment day  World Biodiversity day  World hand Washing day  World Food day

10  Themes, Topics, Activities  Objectives & Outputs  Subject links  Co- Curricular Activities  Whole school Approach

11  Strengthen the faith based ESD networks both for formal and non formal learning.  Mobilize, train, and capacity build schools in Faith based ESD in primary schools.  Develop and implement the faith based ESD initiatives jointly with stakeholders and development partners.  Eg ACT!-- Faith based ESD for Climate Change and Food Security  Promoting the role of faiths in advocating for good environmental governance  Production and distribution of learning, awareness and outreach materials.  The toolkit is being assessed by KICD for approval for use in schools  Developing a training manual for schools  Developing a training manual for non-formal education/Alternative schooling  Developing sermon Guides

12  Monitoring and evaluation of the faith based ESD initiative  Train and prepare the faith based ESD schools to graduate as Eco-schools.  Establish faith based ESD model schools and Regional Centers of Expertise.  Replicate and support faith-based ESD activities in the African region and beyond  Further Academic Studies e. PhD in Faith based ESD in Sustainable Agriculture by a PCEA candidate

13  Faith Schools can provide avenues for promoting wide range of sustainable practices- biodiversity conservation, alternative energy, sustainable land management (SLM) among others  SLM initiatives are not just for adults also faith structures can deliver SLM through formal school systems

14  School lands can be used for tree planting and horticulture and water harvesting; sustainable agriculture as part of the curriculum;

15  Schools act as grounds to promote Public- Private sector co- operations in management of natural resources










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