RCE Dobong-gu - 2021

Global ESD Youth Project Neuru
Basic Information
Title of project : 
Global ESD Youth Project Neuru
Submitting RCE: 
RCE Dobong-gu
Contributing organization(s) : 
RCE Dobong-gu: Changdo elementary school, Wolcheon elementary school, Chodang elementary school, Changkyung elementary school, Sunduck high school, Jawoon high school
RCE Hangzhou (China): Zhejiang Wenzhou Experimental Primary School, WenZhou Experimental Middle School, Ningbo Foreign
Language School
RCE Kitakyusyu (Japan): Seinan Jo Gakuin University
Masan city, Ohio (USA): Mason elementary school, William Mason High School
RCE Srinagar (India)
Focal point(s) and affiliation(s)
Dr. Bae Hyunsoon
Organizational Affiliation: 
RCE Dobong-Gu
Prof. Miki Tsukamoto
Organizational Affiliation: 
RCE Kitakyushu
Hao Xin
Organizational Affiliation: 
RCE Hangzhou
Format of project: 
Worksheet, PPT
Language of project: 
Date of submission:
Monday, September 13, 2021
Credit system in high school
At what level is the policy operating?: 
Free-year program in middle school
At what level is the policy operating?: 
Geographical & Education Information
Korea, South
Dobong-Gu, Seoul
Address of focal point institution for project: 
Dobong District Office, 656 Madeul-ro(Banghak-dong), Dobong-Gu, Seoul
Socioeconomic and environmental characteristics of the area : 
Dobong-Gu is striving to move beyond the image of bed-town to a vibrant and attractive city, and is moving towards the completion of a bigger Dobong based on the achievements of ‘good change’ and ‘infinite challenge’. Through sustainable development based on the five policy objectives of ‘Economically active city’, ‘Generationally shared city’, ‘Balanced development city’, ‘Cultural education city’, and ‘Decentralized city’ in response to the needs of residents and environmental changes, we are moving towards Dobong as a hub of Northeast Seoul.
Description of sustainable development challenge(s) in the area the project addresses: 
The purpose of Project Neuru is to help domestic and foreign youths understand ESD and practice it in their daily lives using photos and worksheet based on ecological literacy and strengthening of glocal leadership competency to ‘think globally, act locally'.
Project Neuru decides on topics related to various international issues in the global era linked to the SDGs, and focuses on freely discussing the ‘research topic’ presented by Project Neuru and finding answers using the ‘photo-voice’ research methods.
February, 2021
If there was one disappointing thing about Dobong-gu, which has a variety of educational infrastructure, there were no domestic and foreign projects in which students participated in solidarity with other cities. As Dobong-gu received RCE certification and planned an ESD project in solidarity with domestic and foreign cities, Dobong-gu students had the opportunity to participate in the project.
Research Topic for 2021: The truth of hamburgers
- Reflect on the self associated with hamburger consumption within the global network.
- Through the truth of hamburger, we understand sustainable food and diversity around the world, and seek ways to put it into practice in our daily lives.
Activities and/or practices employed: 
In this project, students proceed with the worksheets presented in each session, and they meet once a month and freely talk about worksheets over the results of this through Zoom. The submitted worksheets and the contents of meeting via Zoom are analyzed according to the photo-voice research method, and the results are shared with students from participating RCE cities (Analysis in RCE Dobong-gu). Materials that have been compared and analyzed for each worksheets are going to ultimately submit as a UN University research report.
- Students participating in this project participate as participating researchers.
※ It is very meaningful that this project can be compared and analyzed by RCE cities and age using the 'photo-voice' research method with the same topic.
※ Photo-voice research method: This is a field-participatory research method that promotes change in the local community by revealing one's voice and experience through photography.
Size of academic audience: 
- Conducted the first zoom-based youth ESD project in Korea
- Participated by 4 RCE cities and 1 general city
- This year, it is being operated experimentally, and students participating in Project Neuru activities are well received.
- Held the 2021 DEOS(RCE Dobong ESD Open Seminar) in conjunction with Project Neuru
- Although it is not possible to generalize the data results, it is very meaningful to analyze and comapre the data on the worksheet submitted by students from elementary school / middle school / high school / college).
Lessons learned: 
-For non-English speaking country students, there are difficulties to use English, we try to show English is just a method through presentation including photos etc
-in terms of educational side, it would be nice to try the project that approaches ESD in the city where ESD awareness is still low.
Key messages: 
we need research-type project.
Relationship to other RCE activities: 
- Dr. Kim Yuri (Seoul Education Research & Information Institute) content advice
- When making worksheet, RCE Srinagar, RCE Great Western Sydney, RCE Kitakyushu assist us (Students situation from each cities who receive worksheet, including diversity etc.)
RCE Dobong-gu implemented this project with the budget of the Dobong District Office as a local government-centered type.


File Name Caption for picture Photo Credit
Image icon 사본 -AS5FAD.png (2.52 MB) Project Neuru_elementary school students meeting Dr. Bae Hyunsoon
Image icon 사본 -ASCC1D.png (1.75 MB) Hamburger mind map Dr. Bae Hyunsoon
Image icon 사본 -ASBBC8.png (3.8 MB) Sharing to my hamburger Dr. Bae Hyunsoon
UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
(https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/sdgs) and other themes of Education for Sustainable Development (ESD)
SDG 1 - End poverty in all its forms everywhere 
SDG 2 - End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition, and promote sustainable agriculture 
SDG 3 - Ensure healthy lives and promote wellbeing for all at all ages 
SDG 4 - Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all 
SDG 5 - Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls 
SDG 6 - Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all 
SDG 7 - Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all 
SDG 8 - Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment, and decent work for all 
SDG 9 - Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialisation, and foster innovation 
SDG 10 - Reduce inequality within and among countries 
SDG 11 - Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable 
SDG 12 - Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns 
SDG 13 - Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts 
SDG 14 - Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development 
SDG 15 - Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification and halt and reverse land degradation, and halt biodiversity loss 
SDG 16 - Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels 
SDG 17 - Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalise the global partnership for sustainable development 
Disaster Risk Reduction 
Traditional Knowledge  
Curriculum Development 
Plants & Animals 
ESD for 2030-Priority Action Areas
Priority Action Area 2 - Transforming learning and training environments 
Priority Action Area 4 - Mobilizing youth