The UNESCO-Japan Prize showcases and rewards outstanding projects in the field of Education for Sustainable Development (ESD). In 2015, the Prize was first awarded to three organizations from Indonesia, Guatemala and El Salvador, and Germany.
The three winners of the 2016 edition are: the Centre for Community Regeneration and Development from Cameroon; the Okayama ESD Promotion Commission from Japan; and the National Students Union from the United Kingdom. Each organization receives an award of USD 50,000.
The Centre for Community Regeneration and Development is awarded for its programme “Integrated ESD schemes in schools and communities in Cameroon”. This civil society organization empowers people in marginalized communities socially and economically, while fostering environmental sustainability. The youth-led programme works both in public schools and through informal community learning centres. ESD educators give training to children, youth, women and indigenous groups on themes as diverse as leadership, health, family planning, information technology and climate change.
The Okayama ESD Promotion Commission in Japan was chosen for its “Okayama ESD Project” which involves the whole of Okayama City. The project offers various activities and trainings organized in schools, community learning centres, parks, shopping malls or in places close to nature. Citizens can take part in “ESD Café” sessions or undertake an “ESD internship” with a local NGO. The project also initiated the annual “ESD Okayama Award” to reward the good practices of local communities.
The National Union of Students UK receives the Prize for its “Green Impact” programme. It enables, accredits and awards university departments for sustainability efforts while helping them reduce costs. Managed by student mentors, the programme is aimed at university staff and covers themes from environmental protection to wellbeing and happiness, to ethical financial management. Having reached more than 100,000 university students and staff, the Green Impact framework is already being adapted by institutions outside higher education, such as hospitals and fire brigades.
The UNESCO-Japan Prize on ESD helps implement the Global Action Programme on ESD, to scale up local and regional ESD actions worldwide.
More information: https://en.unesco.org/prize-esd