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LfS and The Patch PS represent Australia at UN workshop

Representatives of the Learning for Sustainability team and The Patch Primary School have just returned from Japan after presenting at an UNESCO Asia - Pacific Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) conference on school-community partnerships.

There were 7 workshops presented at the conference from the Asia Pacific region, with only one of these representing Australia.  YRC’s Learning for Sustainability team was hand picked and asked to present with local school The Patch Primary School for the Australian workshop on our approach to work with schools to assist them incorporate sustainability into their curriculum, policies and facilities.  Other Countries that presented from the Asia - Pacific were India, Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam, Philippines, Bangladesh and Japan.

The objective of this conference was to focus on partnership between the community and schools – an essential part of ESD implementation – and to analyse and discuss case studies of Non-Formal Education - Formal Education (NFE-FE or what we have called School-Community Learning Partnerships) partnership and how they may contribute to a sustainable society. 

The conference outcomes are to be made widely available in the Asia-Pacific. It is anticipated that the outcomes will be used for the discussion at the UNESCO World Conference to be held in 2014, the final year of UN Decade for ESD and to be reflected in the final outcome document of the World Conference. The workshop discussion is also to be reflected in the dialogue leading up to and in following up the 2015 EFA World Conference.

 

Michelle being interviewed:

Japan - Michelle being interviewed 

Michelle and Anthony sample some of the local fare at lunch:Japan - Michelle & Anthony lunching 

Space saving bicycle parking at the train station:Japan bicycle parking

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