In 2007 CCIVS initiated
a global campaign to promote Education for Sustainable Development (ESD)
through international voluntary service. The campaign, which is re-conducted
in 2008 is linked to the UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development
(2005 - 2014) which aims to integrate sustainable development into education
and learning throughout the world.
aim of this campaign
aim of this campaign is to enable organizations to share their experiences
of working on ESD and build on the existing experience within the international
voluntary service movement. We aim to support organizations to develop
concrete actions that stimulate reflection and deepen understanding of
sustainable development issues with volunteers and the communities they
up in 2008?
The Beauty and
Like in 2007 we encouraged organisations in 2008 to introduce games
and reflections about sustainable development in their projects and
encourage participants to create a piece of art from waste. For more
info on the concept of the project click here.
The ESD Kit
background material about ESD, which is useful for your projects in
general and the Beauty and the Beast action in particular you can download
the CCIVS ESD Kit here.
ESD Seminar and
Exhibition in Paris
was organised in September in UNESCO HQ on Volunteering today for tomorrow:
Ideas and methods to promote sustainable lifestyles through voluntary
service. Click here for the pictures
of the seminar and the exhibition. A report will also be uploaded in
the coming weeks.
AEYVE 2008 in Thailand
NICE Japan encouraged organizations all over the world to collect "Tanzaku"
Papers on which they wrote wishes for World Peace. The papers were presented
at the occasion of the G8 Summit in Japan and were exposed in the UNESCO
headquarters in late September 2008.
In November 2008 the Asia Europe Young Volunteers Exchange (AEYVE) will
take place in Thailand and focus on sustainable development: Intercultural
approaches to sustainable development. Volunteering for today and tomorrow:
how to foster sustainable choices among volunteers and local communities?
for more information on the project.
Pix and news from
a cow and the fight for justice:
Young and old volunteers discuss ESD in the SJ delegation at Vaunières,
a "lost" village in the French Alps. Click here
to find out more!
The Beauty and the Beast in the UK:
Volunteers of Concordia Uk prepared a great fashion show based on rubbish.
Click here to find out more.
Check CCIVS 2007 campaign
picture gallery here.
can international voluntary service contribute to ESD?
of ESD (as defined by UNESCO) lie at the core of the international
voluntary service movement and we believe that the activities of CCIVS
members already make a huge contribution to ESD through non-formal / community
1000s of volunteers work and live together with local communities on international
workcamps that provide an opportunity for learning and reflection on sustainable
development issues. Workcamps enable people to explore the concept of
sustainable development from different cultural perspectives and exchange
ideas for practical actions leading to more sustainable lifestyles. Many
CCIVS organisations have developed activities that support these learning
processes and run special projects focusing on environmental education
/ sustainable development issues. This campaign will support organisations
to further develop this area of their work.
role of CCIVS
CCIVS, as a global network
of international voluntary service organisations, plays a positive role
in supporting organizations to promote ESD with volunteers and local communities.
We act as a bridge and information gateway between local volunteer projects
/ initiatives and UNESCO who are co-ordinating the UN Decade of Education
Publications related to ESD:
Guide and the Globalization Kit.
links on ESD:
site for the UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development
Some more useful sites on ESD
and definition of ESD
lifestyle training kit: A training kit on responsible consumption
developed by UNESCO / UNEP
The Earth Charter:
The Earth Charter is a declaration of fundamental principles for building
a just, sustainable, and peaceful global society in the 21st century.
This site has useful resources for exploring sustainability issues with