SWEDESD

Education for Sustainable Development in the Baltic Sea region

2014-12-19

More than 120 participants from countries surrounding the Baltic Sea gathered in Latvia to explore new methods and partnerships to advance educational initiatives related to sustainable development.

Since August 2014, SWEDESD and partner organisations in Estonia, Latvia, Belarus and Ukraine are engaged in a yearlong project to establish a platform to accelerating education for sustainable development in the Baltic Sea region.

As part of this effort, “The Second Baltic Conference on Education for Sustainable Development - Working and Learning Together” was held in Jurmala, Latvia on 12 to 14 December.  Its purpose was to spur new partnerships within and between the countries.

Teachers, educators and other practitioners from various community sectors gathered in joint workshops to explore challenges and actions regarding learning for sustainable development in the region.

The event was made possible by core funding from Nordplus and the Baltic University Programme (BUP).  It built on the conferences in Visby, Sweden 2012, and Riga, Latvia 2013 during which great interest was expressed for developing a region-wide network for practitioners.

The next step in consolidating new partnerships is a professional development workshop for facilitators of collaborative learning processes.  It is scheduled to take place immediately before the "Pathways to the Future"-conference in Tallinn, 22 - 24 April 2015.

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