INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON EDUCATION AND TRAINING FOR SUSTAINABILITY

From: 4/19/2015   To: 4/22/2015

 

INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE

EDUCATION AND TRAINING FOR SUSTAINABILITY

The American University in Cairo, New Cairo, April 19-22, 2015

EGYPT

 

April 19th, AUC Downtown Campus 

April 20th, 21st, and 22nd, AUC New Campus

Conference Main Vision:

Children are the Future of Our Nation, Renewables are the Future of Our Planet, and High Quality Education and Training and Innovations are Our Way to the Future.

Conference Main Topics

Renewable Energy Technologies -  Resource Management - Green Economy - Polices and Regulations - Financing – Innovations - Water, Food, and Energy - Climate Change - Sustainable Communities Case Studies - Social Justice.

The keyword today is sustainability and balancing its three pillars – economic, environmental, and social – is the challenge of our times for future development globally as also in Egypt The prerequisite for meeting the sustainability challenge is undoubtedly the development of human capital that is able to understand, adapt and respond to the evolving needs of our society, the natural environment and the unfolding economic problems around the world  Having recognized the emerging needs, more and more educational institutions are striving to embed sustainability in their operations and in their academic programs. The number of those institutions ready to incorporate sustainability in their curricula, courses and teaching materials is growing fast. Moreover, the global call to action for mainstreaming sustainability across the education and training system is getting louder and more powerful.It is very clear today that the prerequisite for sustainable community development is a Citizen who is well brought up and well educated and who possesses technological and life skills that makes him/her able to actively participate in the development processes and empower him to protect the environment and the national heritage.

Education for Sustainability (EfS), Education for Sustainable Development (ESD), and Sustainability Education (SE) are interchangeable terms describing the practice of teaching for sustainability. ESD is the term most used internationally and by the UN. Agenda 21 was the first international document that identified education as an essential tool for achieving sustainable development and highlighted areas of action for education. Recent changes in service learning, improvements in vocational education, the standards that support interdisciplinary thinking, and the role of systems thinking have all increased the visibility of ESD as a global movement. Various approaches to ESD encourage people to understand the complexities of, and synergies between, the issues threatening planetary sustainability.  It also helps in understanding and assessing their own values and those of the society in which they live in the context of sustainability. ESD seeks to engage people in negotiating a sustainable future, making decisions and acting on them.