RCE Bogota

Photo Credit: Andres Lombana
Rce details
Region:
THE AMERICAS
Country:
Colombia
Overview
Date of RCE acknowledgement:
September, 2009
Description of RCE and Geographic Region:

Colombia is located at the NW corner of South America, in the middle of the planet, on the Equator. Colombia shares the borders with 5 nations: Venezuela, Brazil, Peru, Ecuador and Panama. With some 44 million people, Colombia is the third most populous country in America, after Brazil and Mexico. Over 75% is urban population, 70% in ten major cities. Its average population density is about 41m/km2, but is distributed over the country irregularly. Colombia, being a tropical country located in the area of Ecuador has a large representation of taxonomic groups in fauna and flora typical of the area to which varieties are joined from wildlife migrations from different parts of the planet by the variety of ecosystems.

For the construction of the RCE we matched with the Network for Environmental Education who has been working since 2003, coordinated by the Institute for Environmental Studies-ideas of the National University of Colombia. This network is part of the Colombian Environmental Training Network, which in turn belongs to the Environmental Training Network in Latin American and Caribbean.

The main objective of the Thematic Network of Environmental Education - RCE Bogota, has been promoting the public environmental education from non-formal education, understood as education for sustainability. It has been an innovative experience and a challenge, that seeks to educate the citizens of Bogota, in the environmental issues, towards achieving harmonious interactions between society and nature, in its personal life and collective, in practices such as healthy eating, recycling, responsible consumption, citizen participation, sense of belonging, and identity with the city and its public spaces, among others.

Goals and Objectives:

Vision:

RCE Bogota will be an area of learning with an emphasis on environmental education that supports civic education, based on local contexts of our region and is registered in the global context, towards a sustainable future. It will involve all the people interested in consolidating environmental education and extending it to different scenarios and contexts of regional and national life starting with their immediate environment. It will promote research between universities and their socialization into the community becoming the focal point on education for sustainable development.

Goals and objectives:

  • To promote environmental education through interdisciplinary work of state institutions: the Ministry of National Education, the Ministry of Environment, Housing and Territorial Development, and the Botanical Garden Bogota; of education: universities, schools, and civil society: ONG, to which belong professionals from different disciplines and professions who bring different perspectives for the environment.
  • Facilitating inter-agency coordination of actions that articulate research, training and screening to the community of environmental education within the national policy of Environmental Education, the Decade of Education for Sustainable Development, Sustainable Development Goals and THE Global Action Program
  • To contribute to the development of a sustainable society by promoting integration and cooperation with national and international community for environmental education and teachers training to promote learning about the environment in the area of Bogota initially, but will gradually expand their activities to broader areas such as the wider urban region
Organisation Hosting RCE Secretariat:

Institute for Environmental Studies - IDEA - National University of Colombia

Key Partners:

Name of organisation: Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development
Role: Implementation of policies and programs for sustainable development
Contact name: LUZ ADRIANA JIMÉNEZ P.
Contact email:  lajimenez@minambiente.gov.co

Name of organisation: Universities
Role: Education and social projection
Contact name: MARÍA TERESA HOLGUÍN
Contact email: mariat.holguina@unilibre.edu.co

Activities
Current Activities:
  • Environmental Forums
  • Training Teachers in SDE
  • Education for sustainable lifestyles

Photo credit: RCE Bogotá

Upcoming Activities:
  • Environmental Forums
  • Training Teachers in climatic change education
  • Youth Education sustainable lifestyles

Photo credit: RCE Bogotá

Achievements:
  • To carry out work without remuneration, volunteering, teamwork, interdisciplinary, collaborative and supportive work for Sustainable Development
  • To establish interagency links and coordination to achieve common goals
  • To put in practice the values of the Earth Charter in environmental projects, in pursuit of sustainable development, in our city Bogota
  • To involve teachers from different levels of education and young environmentalists, in Forums and Educational Conferences, for multiplying in other spaces in the regional and local context
  • To achieve broad participation of Bogota citizenship in the various activities carried out by the Thematic Network of Environmental Education -RCE Bogota for sustainable development, as well as socializing advanced experiences by communities, often unknown due to lack of space disclosure
  • To contribute to the environmental education of Bogota, promoting daily practices environmentally friendly, looking for a cultural change towards sustainable development in the capital city
Contact Details
Main RCE Contact:
Olga María Bermúdez G.
olgaber@gmail.com
Secondary RCE Contact:
María Mercedes Callejas R.
mcallejas@gmail.com
RCE Youth Coordinator(s):
Luz Adriana Jiménez P.
Rodriguez Marcela
General RCE email:
RCE mailing address for correspondence: