Education for Sustainable Development in Pakistan


Education for Sustainable Development Toolkit
A handy training tool for teachers and trainers, the ESD Toolkit or Taleem Barai Payedar Taraqqi was jointly produced by IUCNP and UNESCO Islamabad and launched in September 2005 together with DESD in Pakistan. Originally developed and authored in English by Rosalyn McKeown, the toolkit was translated into Urdu and adapted to the Pakistani context for greater outreach and applicability. A section was also added on the DESD to highlight the background and importance of the decade.

Second Consultative Workshop on Education for Sustainable Development
Following the launch of DESD in Pakistan, the second consultative workshop was held in January 5, 2006 with a larger group of stakeholders. The purpose was to devise ways of integrating ESD and disaster management education into the national curriculum and plan future initiatives during DESD. The EEP Project was also presented to the audience and a discussion held to propose integration of ESD concerns at the conceptual and practice levels. The forum also explored opportunities for ESD advocacy at the national level through highlighting linkages with various sectors.

National Conference on Education for Sustainable Development
The National Conference on ESD was a seminal event to promote ESD in Pakistan during DESD.  A joint effort of IUCNP and UNESCO Islamabad, the conference was held between March 20 and 21, 2007, in Karachi. The main thrust of the conference was to discuss and establish ESD links with key sectors such as formal education, civil society, media, Information and Communication Technologies and business.

The conference provided a platform for over 150 participants, belonging mainly to the environment and education sectors, to interact and work together for a sustainable future. Two immediate outcomes of the conference were the formation of the National Forum on Education for Sustainable Development and launch of an ESD manual in Urdu titled Azsarenau Sochiyay Inkar Kijyay Kum Kijyay.

National Forum on Education for Sustainable Development
The most encouraging outcome of the National Education for Sustainable Development Conference was the formation of the National Forum on Education for Sustainable Development. The conference participants, including educators, civil society, media and ICT experts and private sector representatives, were enthusiastic about being part of the forum and discussed the aims, objectives and major activities of the forum at the plenary session at the conference. Among other functions, it was unanimously agreed that the forum would work for the promotion and advocacy of ESD in the country and encourage strategic interventions at the national level. The forum would also provide a platform for multi-stakeholder participation and serve as a focal group to support relevant multi-sectoral work on ESD in the country.

Azsarenau Sochiyay Inkar Kijyay Kum Kijyay
The ESD training manual is an adaptation of Rethink, Refuse and Reduce. Originally authored by Ken Webster and published in 2004 by the United Kingdom-based Field Studies, the publication seeks to address the issue of growing consumerism and waste management through ESD. The book was translated into Urdu and adapted to the local context by IUCNP in collaboration with UNESCO Islamabad and the Royal Netherlands Embassy.


The publication focuses on the philosophical dimensions of sustainable development and highlights the need for promoting ESD. As such, it not only presents a critical analysis of current development trends and unsustainable practices but also shows how abstract concepts can be translated into practical steps leading to productive results. Designed to interest students and teachers of higher secondary and tertiary levels, civil society organisations and training institutes, the book underscores the need for introducing training programmes for teachers and trainers and implementing them in classroom settings.

Badin Education Plan
The Badin District Education Plan was formally launched on the eve of World Literacy Day in 2005 by the provincial education minister, Government of Sindh. Developed with technical assistance from IUCNP, the plan is an outcome of the efforts of the Badin District Government, particularly the District Coordinating Officer and District Education Board, the diverse membership of which made it possible to develop a comprehensive plan.

Likewise, the plan is overarching in that it covers pre-primary to degree colleges and seeks to integrate ESD concerns at all levels. In this manner, it is the first comprehensive local plan in Pakistan which promotes sustainable development perspectives.

The plan provides a brief profile of the district with situational analysis of the education sector at the national, provincial and district level. Based on this, the plan provides comprehensive strategies for action on various fronts, ranging from teacher education to meaningful community participation. The strategies focus on promoting child-centred critical insight into teaching and learning processes with key attention to social, environmental and economic perspectives for the development of the district. These strategies can be readily adapted into action plans at the tehsil level which would be instrumental for implementation.

Leadership for Environment and DevelopmentLeadership for Environment and Development (LEAD) is a global network of individuals and non-governmental organisations committed to promoting the sustainable development agenda. In Pakistan, LEAD strives to create, strengthen and support networks of people and institutions promoting change towards sustainable development. LEAD’s outcome-oriented activities are designed to achieve tangible results in sustainable development in pursuance of Millennium Development Goals. Similarly, its capacity development programme includes trainings on sustainable development and leadership skills for people from a variety of backgrounds. The aim is to mobilize communities by developing their capacities to support effective, value-based sustainable practices in the country.

Environment Education Promotion Project in School and Colleges
The Ministry of Education in collaboration with the Ministry of Environment is currently implementing the “Environment Education Promotion Project in School and Colleges” (EEP Project) with financial support from the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation. Launched in 2003, EEP is a five-year project and the first EE initiative by the federal government at the national level. Following the situation analysis and evolution of curricular concepts, EEP is currently developing textual material on EE.  


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