Youth for Sustainable Development
‘Sustainable Development is development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs.’
- Our Common Future,
World Commission on Environment and Development 1989
ECO-UNESCO's Youth for Sustainable Development Programme; Global Youth Leaders for Change promotes Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) and Development Education (DE) in the non-formal education sector, involving a variety of initiatives to engage and support young people, youth leaders, educators and youth workers interested in sustainability issues.
Are you aware of the links between your own life and those of other people around the world and how you can affect change? The Youth for Sustainable Development programme through a variety of techniques and approaches inspires, challenges and motivates young people to act locally in favour of sustainable development.
The young people involved explore the knowledge, skills, attitudes and values of Education for Sustainable Development and Development Education gaining a deeper understanding of the interactions between the environment, economic structures and society. All of these are explored through innovative, engaging and fun activities such as; games, discussions, music, art, role-plays, simulations, outdoor activities, along with global action project work and interaction with groups around the globe.
The training provided for youth leaders, youth workers and educators encourages and equips them to engage their young people in ESD/DE activities with their young people.
What do the young people involved have to say about the programme?
“A lot of the lads in my school will tell you that we go around the school and we’re constantly talking about – the really cool thing – we do in ECO-UNESCO.”
“It’s not just my peers but even at home – my Dad and my Mam can’t believe some of the stuff that I do in here with ECO-UNESCO and even an older generation like my granddad, they’ve changed along with me”
“What I’d say about ISD from my experience with ECO-UNESCO is that once you know about it, it can’t be unknown, you realise it is an holistic thing – it encompasses everything and you just begin to incorporate it.”
“I think the main thing I learned in ECO is working in teams and group work. Collaboration with other people your age – even teaching more about a subject then a teacher ever could, because you are more likely to listen to someone your own age.”
“I think ECO-UNESCO is a great organisation for educating people about those issues they need to know about.”
This is programme is supported by: