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RCE Bulletin

Issue 122: October 2021

Dear Colleagues and Friends, 

Greetings from the Global RCE Service Centre! 

The countdown is on to the 12th Global RCE Conference, with just over three weeks to go! Thank you to all who have submitted proposals for the Conference, we look forward to bringing you an exciting programme along with RCE Scotland, the co-hosts for this event. Registrations are still open, please see below for details.

This month the Regional RCE Meetings for the Asia-Pacific and the Americas regions took place. Thank you to our wonderful hosts for these meetings, RCE Kyrgyzstan and RCE Salisbury respectively, and for the active participation from attendees. Keep an eye on the event pages for content from the meetings.

Thank you also to all entrants to our RCE Youth Climate Art Challenge and RCE Awards 2021 - we have been very impressed by the entries received for both, and look forward to celebrating the awardees at the 12th Global RCE Conference!

If you would like to share any news, upcoming events, open calls, or publications for an upcoming bulletin, please complete this form and email your submission to the Global RCE Service Centre at rceservicecentre@unu.edu (submissions close on the 15th of each month).

The Global RCE Service Centre

Last Chance to Register: 12th Global RCE Conference

Don't forget to register for the 12th Global RCE Conference, co-hosted by RCE Scotland and the Global RCE Service Centre (16-18 November, 2021) under the theme 'Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals: action through learning in a time of global crises'. This event will be held fully online. 

We look forward to seeing many of you there! For more information, visit the event page, and register your attendance here.

(Photo credit: The University of Edinburgh)

Upcoming Events

The Legacy of Saskatoon's Secret Forest
Online, 6 November, 2021, 1pm CST

The international online premiere of this inspirational environmental documentary, 'The Legacy of Saskatoon's Secret Forest', produced by Aspen Films, will air on 6 November, 2021. Notable global conservationists come together on the same stage relating how they have taken the dream of Richard St. Barbe Baker into their hearts and souls and moved forward on diverse branches and pathways for conservation locally and globally. Hear from conservations from Switzerland, Colorado, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Hawaii, Scotland, to New York, all inspired by the Vision of St Barbe Baker. For more information or to register, visit the event page here.

Open Calls

Latest News

RCEs in the Americas Gather for 10th Regional Meeting

RCE Salisbury hosted the 10th Americas Regional Meeting from 5-7 October, 2021, to explore the theme 'Creating an Ongoing Americas Learning Space for Sustainable Development', with over 340 participants in attendance. The programme included a keynote on indigenous peacemaking and restorative justice, and presentations by the newly formed RCE Americas Steering Committee Governance Structure and task forces. Read the report and view the event page for presentations and videos from the meeting.

RCEs in Africa on Sustainability Futures in 11th Regional Meeting

The 11th African RCE Regional Meeting was held online on 2 September, 2021, co-hosted by RCE KwaZulu-Natal and RCE Makana and Rural Eastern Cape under the theme 'It's time for Africa: Sustainability Futures'. The presentations highlighted collaborations between the RCEs in the region and the vast areas they are working on, including climate change, biodiversity, youth development, waste management and heritage and food. For further information, see a summary report prepared by RCE Makana and Rural Eastern Cape and RCE KwaZulu-Natal here.

RCE Greater Western Sydney Turns 10

RCE Greater Western Sydney has built collaborative and innovative place-based programs and initiatives to accelerate and mainstream Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) in their region for a decade. Over these 10 years, they have delivered 27 collaborative sustainability programs and initiatives, ranging from professional development days and networks for teachers and school outreach programs, to research projects and large-scale whole of region engagement programs. Read more

(Photo credit: Josh Newman)


Learning for a Sustainable Future - two free to access short courses for COP26

The University of Edinburgh, in partnership with 'Learning for Sustainability Scotland' (RCE Scotland) and the British Council, with input from Education Scotland, have developed two free to access Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) as contributions to COP26.

'Learning for a Sustainable Future: Live' is a five-week course beginning on 4th October, 2021. It is a great opportunity for anyone, anywhere who is interested in sustainability, to learn more. It will also be of particular interest to those involved in communicating sustainability issues, and formal and informal sustainability education. Engagement and time commitment are both flexible, and the course is available to join here. The course will remain open until mid-January, and will also run again in Spring 2022.

'Learning for a Sustainable Future: Live at COP26' is a two-week course, beginning 31st October, 2021, which runs in parallel with the COP26 conference, offering you an opportunity to examine what COP26 is, why it's important and reflect on how you can add your voice to the call for collective action for a sustainable future. The course begins by exploring the history and journey to COP26, the relationship with the current Biodiversity COP, and key international frameworks such as the UN Sustainable Development Goals. It aims to share some of the creative and educational responses being developed by local communities, groups, global partnerships and schools as well as bringing some of the high level International, political discussions and outputs as they happen. Engagement and time commitment are both flexible, and the course is available to join here. The content will remain open, free and accessible as a legacy resource beyond COP26.

Click here for a trailer for both courses, and additional related opportunities.

Video: It's Time to Shine

UNICEF East Asia and Pacific Regional Office (EAPRO) have published the animated video 'It's Time to Shine' as part of the ongoing advocacy on #ReopenSchools. The video tells the story of the impact that COVID-19 has had on children, their learning and wellbeing, and highlights the need to protect and reimagine education systems. Find out more and watch the video here. Learn more about the #ReopenSchools campaign here.

SDG Academy MOOCs and Online Library

Access free, open educational resources on sustainable development from the SDG Academy, a program of the Sustainable Development Solutions Network, a global initiative for the United Nations. Nearly 40 MOOCs are available on eDX on a range of topics, including sustainable cities and climate action. In addition, browse the SDG Academy Library, for a catalogue of lectures and educational videos.

2021 State of the Education Report for India: No Teacher, No Class

The third edition of the State of the Education Report for India by UNESCO New Delhi is focused on the theme of teachers, teaching and teacher education.

It attempts to provide an understanding of key aspects of the teaching profession, provides a profile of the 9.6 million teaching workforce, as well as the challenges of their intricate teaching routine and their professional development. Read more