In support of promoting ESD, the Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization (SEAMEO) and the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, Japan (MEXT), in cooperation with the UNESCO Asia and Pacific Regional Bureau for Education, have shown their collective commitment to promoting best practices in ESD in schools across Southeast Asia by organizing the SEAMEO-Japan Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) Award. The award has been held annually since 2012.
The objectives of the SEAMEO-Japan ESD Award are:
To raise awareness of Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) in schools and communities across Southeast Asia;
To promote ESD best practices in schools and communities across Southeast Asia;
To share and exchange knowledge and best practices on ESD in schools across Southeast Asia and Japan; To encourage networking among schools and communities which implement ESD practices in Southeast Asian countries and Japan.
Details on the award, Information Note and Submission Form are available on the SEAMEO website, or downloaded here:
The 21st century educators are confronted with the difficult task of educating young minds to meet the demands of an increasingly globalised world. Many countries face the challenge of preparing citizens who will be able to address and solve local, national and global problems in order to function equally well in these environments. The issues on today’s environmental problem are not local but on global scale which affect everyone no matter which race, age, gender or religion we are in. Therefore, not only the environmentalists are responsible for sustaining the environment, but to protect the environment for sustainable living is also everyone’s duty.
In this regard, knowledge of science and mathematics is essential as it empowers people to systematically use the knowledge more effectively to solve problems. In addition, there is however a need to educate the young to acquire as well as to apply the knowledge and skills embodied in science and mathematics, at the same time take the advantages of the knowledge of technologies and engineering that would enable them to create innovative and creative ideas. This conference will bring educators and researchers together to discuss and address issues from their research that could be used inform the pedagogy and policy in education for the purpose to enhance Science and Mathematics Education.