Education For Sustainable Development - Cyprus


The responsible body for the qualitative upgrading of the educational system of the country is the Pedagogical Institute of Cyprus. It takes action in four main sections: training, research and evaluation, new technologies and training documentation. Its mission is to educate and train teachers of all levels, thus strengthening research and innovation and helping with the introduction of innovative pedagogical approaches and issues such as Education for Sustainable Development.  

In 2008 the Unit for the Education Environment and Sustainable Development was established at the Cyprus Pedagogical Institute, which is the coordinating body for relevant issues in Cyprus and has the responsibility of formulating and implementing national policy on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD).

The governmental National Network of Centres for Education for Environmental and Sustainable Development (EESD) is a supportive structure of the actions applied at schools and in other sites of formal education. Its main aim is the connection between the formal and non-formal education by providing paces for multifaceted activities and giving the opportunity to approach issues for sustainable development in the real world, learning the environment, as well as being actively involved and interacting within the communities.

Nowadays, the Network includes four Centres: Pedoulas Community, Salamiou Community, Athalassa region, Akrotiri Community, which have been established in small communities with particular environmental and cultural characteristics. The EESD Centers are located in primary schools of those communities that have been closed due to the reduction of population in these areas. The schools give participation opportunities to groups of young people and other ages in specially designed educational programs for the environment and for sustainable development.

The different programmes are specifically created for the local communities in which they are located, in thematic fields such as "forest", "culture and environment", "local community and environment", "tourism and environment", "biodiversity", "soil" etc. All programmes offered at the Centres are extended to the school unit and are connected to issues of sustainable development in schools.

 

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