A Low Carbon Society (LCS) is a challenging task towards sustainable development. Iskandar Malaysia Ecolife Challenge (IMELC) was launched during the United Nations Climate Change Conference of 2012 and put into practice in Malaysia in 2013. By the end of 2017 it will have involved a total of 346 schools in the Regional Centre of Expertise (RCE) on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) Iskandar and in the adjacent cities of the Johor state, giving a total engagement of around 34,000 students and 346 teachers.
The main objective of IMELC is to foster LCS awareness among primary students, teachers and their families (public community) through school education, in the Johor state. The project has developed as a fruitful collaboration between the Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM), the Iskandar Regional Development Authority (IRDA) and the Johor State Education Department (JPNJ). UTM has offered training sessions on different topics, from carbon reduction through electricity and water saving, renewable energy, recycling and monetary savings, to quality education, informed choices and school-community engagements. It has also been the promoter of various activities such as school projects, exhibitions, teacher trainings, festivals, talks, workshops.
An IMELC workbook has been adapted from the Kyoto 2011 version to match the contents of Malaysian primary school curriculum. It covers a wide range of subjects to create low carbon, climate change and energy conservation awareness among students and to address sustainability issues in Iskandar Malaysia.
IMELC was one of the finalists for the Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) Okayama Award 2017 and has been awarded as ‘Outstanding Flagship Project for Climate Change’ by the United Nations University under the Global RCE Award.
Read more about IMELC.
Over 100 activities took place globally, with a focus under the broad heading Media and Information Literacy in Critical Times: Re-imagining Ways of Learning and Information Environments
The outcomes include:
Presentations of the Conference Creating Knowledge Together on MIL
Outcomes of the Youth as Leaders forum: Building the cloud of critical minds
News article: When Media and information Literacy becomes critical
Official website, full details in:
An announcement of Global MIL Week 2018 Feature Conference and its Youth Agenda Forum will take place in Lithuania and Latvia respectively. They will be jointly hosted by the Vytautas Magnus University (Lithuania) and the University of Latvia (Latvia). Details will be posted when forthcoming.
‘Del Lab al Campo’ is committed to bringing science into the social Colombian fabric through different mechanisms, from the promotion of scientific and medical culture through formal and informal education to collaboration in interdisciplinary projects integrating science, technology, medicine, innovation and art.
Their aim is to create educational and productive opportunities, especially in rural villages which experienced recent conflict, in order to generate tangible hopes for future generations. The initiatives developed and encouraged by ‘Del Lab al Campo’ include experiences of ‘Science Clubs Colombia’, a HIV prevention plan for street people in Medellín, and, schooling and integration programmes for people who spent their youth in armed fights.
Through practical workshops, articles and guides, this non-profit organization is enhancing the dissemination of knowledge and awareness, in addition to encouraging innovative and alternative solutions towards sustainability and improved quality of life for Colombian communities.
Discover more about ‘Del Lab al Campo’ and its activities on the newly added profile.
Evidence of models and mechanisms providing positive outcomes in delivering science literacy is essential in order to build on what is known and also to adapt or develop innovative new approaches where there may be gaps or failings.
This review is designed to help assess “which are the most effective delivery methods, why they work, with whom, and how”. It will also examine methodologies of impact assessment which provide reliable evidence of the extent of success.
Tried and tested mechanisms across many single and compound issue literacies, from agriculture to health to water security, including non-formal/informal communities and formal education, through a wide range of programmes and activities, will be investigated and documented. A later key task will include support to a number of field trials in order to comparatively test impact evaluation methodologies.
The research process aims to engage participation by all stakeholders: interested and active parties, implementers, decision and policy makers, in addition to prospective new players and funders. We invite organisations, communities and individuals to join us to help strengthen and support a robust, evidence-based ecosystem in Science Literacy.
Contact: Valentina De Col, Programme & Research Officer, Connect with Science
On October 31 IMAGINARY, promoting worldwide the understanding and joy of mathematical and scientific concepts, launched a new workshop series Science Spaces in Kigali, Rwanda.
In each workshop, teams of students together with guides from IMAGINARY will develop experiments and science exhibits related to the STEM subjects: Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. In addition, modern aspects, such as the interplay with art, sustainability and science communication will be examined and utilized. After each workshop, the exhibits developed and presented will become the focus of or incorporated into public exhibitions.
The second workshop will take place in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam 1st – 3rd December 2017.
View the IMAGINARY profile and the full range of their activities.
For the second year, Okayama City and the ESD Okayama Award Steering Committee in Japan have rewarded outstanding Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) projects and practices all around the world. Their aim continues to be to showcase, support and promote organizations carrying out ESD activities and educational programmes that empower local communities and cities in fostering changes towards sustainability.
The online vote awarded two winners of the ‘Global Prize’ this year: Conservation of integrated traditional arts in social and economic empowerment of local communities (Dewi Fortuna Community Learning Centre, Indonesia) and Kerala Children’s Agricultural Science Congress (KBKSC) (Centre for Innovation in Science and Social Action (CISSA) headquarters of Regional Centre of Expertise, India), out of a total of eleven participating projects:
The award is organised by Okayama City and the ESD Okayama Award Steering Committee, composed of:
Open technologies can and should be used to create and disseminate scientific know-how for all, as well as to facilitate access to science for disabled people; this workshop aims to stress the importance of this message. Particular attention will be paid to innovation in existing projects and affordable prototypes designated and produced within Scientific Fabrication Laboratories, together with software applications for mobile and special devices.
Arvind Gupta, a former engineer became a visionary educationist through his capability of seeing things through the eyes of his inner child. By recycling trash, low-cost and locally available materials, such as plastic straws, CDs, pencils, rubbers, matchsticks and paper, funny, easy-to-make and replicable toys are created which bear the potential to explain basic concepts of mathematics, chemistry, physics, mechanics and biology. One of Arvind’s motto’s is ‘The best thing a child can do with a toy is to break it!’, so when it comes to the time to reassemble, the child will learn its working principle. In the mental activity of playing - taking apart - putting back together there is room for understanding and for personal creative processes.
Gupta is committed to bringing science to the people and to thrill them with its projects (have a look at his TEDx talk). He continues to amaze and inspire generations of students, teachers and academicians through his science popularisation movement. He has conducted workshops in thousands of schools revitalising village science programs across India. He shares his hands-on approach with a wide community of tinkerers and enthusiasts worldwide and, in the last three decades, has made more than 6000 short films on toy-making, wrote thousands of books and articles translated into 20 languages, which are all freely available (without any copyright restriction) on his website and on YouTube. His inspiring profile can be read at the dedicated Wiki page.
Good science communication is a crucial aspect for a country’s socioeconomic development, people need to understand science and be empowered, ultimately, for their participation in democratic processes. For these purposes, scientifically-accurate and correct information needs to be delivered by different means, including journalism.
The African Academy of Sciences (AAS), in partnership with the African Federation of Science Journalists (AFSJ) and the South African Science Journalists Association (SASJA), has launched a two-year initiative - the Africa Science Desk - which aims to build African science journalism capacity, boost scientific research conducted in the continent and improve science coverage. Focussing on the six strategic areas of the AAS: health and wellbeing, climate change, food security and nutritional wellbeing, water and sanitation, sustainable energy and STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics), the initiative will also support data journalism.
An open Call has now been launched. Early career journalists from in Kenya, Nigeria, Senegal and South Africa are invited to participate in the first phase of the programme. They will be mentored in science reporting by senior international and continental science journalists and will develop skills in reading scientific papers, interviewing scientists and, most crucially, delivering correct and easy-to-understand information. Based on successful implementation, the programme will be open to more African countries in 2018.
The initiative is funded through the support of Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
Being celebrated in Paris with an International Programme for Development of Communication (IPDC) talk: Powering Sustainable Development with Access to Information.
Live webcast available on Thursday, 28 September, from 10:00 AM.:
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