RCE Dobong-gu - 2023

(2022-2023) Build of Dobong Wiki for Creation of Dobong ESD Textbooks
Basic Information
Title of project : 
(2022-2023) Build of Dobong Wiki for Creation of Dobong ESD Textbooks
Submitting RCE: 
RCE Dobong-gu
Contributing organization(s) : 
Dobong ESD Sustaining Alliance
Dobong Environmental Education Center
Seoul Universal Design Center
Seoul Dobong Solution Anchor (Seoul Socks Manufacturing Support Center)
Ssangmun 2-dong Community Center
Dobong EM Center
Peace Culture Bunker
Dobong Disabled Welfare Center
Seoul Dobong Elementary School
Seoul Sungmi Elementary School
Shindobong Middle School
Hankuk University of Foreign Studies
UNESCO Korea National Commission
Focal point(s) and affiliation(s)
Dr Bae Hyunsoon
Organizational Affiliation: 
Dobong District Office
Format of project: 
4 types of textbooks
Language of project: 
Date of submission:
Ecological transformation education
At what level is the policy operating?: 
Geographical & Education Information
Korea, South
Dobong-gu, Seoul
Address of focal point institution for project: 
Sustainable Development Team, Planning & Budget Department, Dobong District Office, 656 Madeul-ro(Banghak-dong), Seoul, Korea
Target Audience:
Socioeconomic and environmental characteristics of the area : 
Dobong-gu is one of the 25 autonomous districts of Seoul and is located in the northeastern part of Seoul. The southern part of Dobong-gu is a continuous residential district in Seoul, and the northern part is a mountainous area, and houses are generally concentrated around Dobong-ro, and both sides of the road form a commercial area. As part of the 8th popular election, Dobong is developing its five visions for a better future: 1) convenient transportation and a growing development city, 2) vibrant economy and a city with a promising future, 3) warm companionship and a city that cares for welfare, 4) a life with rest and an attractive cultural city, 5) friendly governance and a city that communicates with empathy.
Description of sustainable development challenge(s) in the area the project addresses: 
This project, based on recommendations from the United Nations University's RCE certification, was initiated in response to the request for educational initiatives in ESD within formal education (education in schools) as an alternative to enhance ESD awareness in Seoul. Dobong-gu has already been engaged in various initiatives that connect the local community through projects like Community Education Collaboratives and Innovative Education Zones. Given this context, there was a strong intention to build upon the intersections of ESD. It was believed that establishing ESD within an educational framework and building an infrastructure would be more crucial than one-time campaigns or projects. Furthermore, there was a desire to create a local community wisdom and knowledge archive in Dobong-gu through the creation of ESD textbooks.
January, 2022
To facilitate understanding and promote the dissemination of ESD, it was crucial to establish a platform that collects and shares local community’s wisdom, knowledge, and good practice cases in conjunction with the SDGs. In pursuit of this goal, we set up the 'Dobong Wiki' for the creation of ESD textbooks, ensuring that information exchange and archiving take place among local community institutions and citizens.
Build a wisdom and knowledge, and good practice cases for SDGs archiving in community in Dobong and spreading ESD understanding through the creation of ESD textbooks
Activities and/or practices employed: 
In 2019, upon creating the ESD textbooks for the 1st Edition and providing ESD classes to schools for a year, there arose a need to continually collect, modify, and enhance various pieces of information linked to the local community within the content of the materials. To address this need, teachers and students from schools, along with stakeholders associated with specific sections, have been regularly communicating through platforms like Padlet, KakaoTalk, and social media. They are consistently incorporating evolving local wisdom, knowledge into the materials and creating an archival record. We've named this initiative the "Dobong Wiki," which compiles information that is used for the revision of ESD textbooks. The content covers a diverse range of knowledge types such as history, events, good practice, news, photos, videos, and relevant resource links. For instance, there's an unit of ESD textbooks called "the neck of a sock" for 3~6 graders. For creating this unit, we visited sock factories to take pictures and videos, or even interview individuals involved in the industry, enhancing the completeness of the content (Dobong-gu is a city that produces 40% of socks in Korea). Anyone interested in participating in the creation of ESD textbooks can easily share knowledge or information by accessing an ICT program. The gathered information undergoes review by officials, stakeholders in linked institutions, and experts, and is then incorporated into the revision of ESD textbooks.
Size of academic audience: 
About 120 people
The ESD textbooks of Dobong-gu stand out from those produced in other RCE cities in that they integrate the wisdom and knowledge of Dobong's local community with exemplary practices, all in alignment with the 17 SDGs. This ESD textbooks gives off a sense similar to that of community textbooks infused with sustainable development goals. Through collaborative efforts between government, private sector, and schools, this self-produced ESD textbooks conveys the message that practicing and taking action toward sustainable development goals is not as challenging as it may seem; one can start from the closest place they are. Furthermore, through the use of ESD textbooks in their lessons, students and teachers gain a better understanding of Dobong-gu. Instructors teaching these lessons also delve deeper into Dobong-gu, and Dobong-gu citizens who contribute their wisdom and knowledge or information to the 'Dobong Wiki' for ESD textbooks creation are making an effort to better understand ESD.
Lessons learned: 
When we began creating the ESD textbooks, local community institutions initially opposed the idea of featuring their own cases in the materials. This was because, being a local government, they feared that showcasing their own exemplary cases might seem like it was done by RCE Dobong -gu. Even within the departments of Dobong District Office, we had internal conflict over this matter. However, we reached out to these institution representatives and stakeholders, explained the intent behind the material creation, and persuaded them until they understood. Three years later, the ESD textbooks are recognized as valuable resources to showcase their institutions and initiatives. They are actively engaged in the 'Dobong Wiki' initiative.
Key messages: 
If you wish to promote ESD within an already established local infrastructure, it's important to design and execute strategic content, much like the ESD textbooks developed by RCE Dobong-gu.
Relationship to other RCE activities: 
Currently, there is no collaboration with other RCE cities, but in the future, we would like to create an international version of the ESD textbook that incorporates the wisdom, knowledge, and information from other cities.
For this project, we utilized the planning budget and executed the budget of Dobong District Office.


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Image icon 교재(4종)1.png (1.34 MB) 4 types of ESD textbooks (Grade 1-2, 3-4, 5-6, Grade 1 (Middle school)) Dobong District Office
Image icon 사진 2.jpg (88.16 KB) Editors meeting (teacher, experts, stakeholders, and citizen) Dobong District Office
Image icon 윤독회의.png (1.06 MB) Creation of ESD meeting (Citizens in Dobong-gu) Dobong District Office
Image icon 윤독회의(도봉구청).png (1.18 MB) Creation of ESD meeting (Dobong District Office) Dobong District Office
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 1 - Advancing policy 
Priority Action Area 2 - Transforming learning and training environments 
Priority Action Area 3 - Developing capacities of educators and trainers 
Priority Action Area 4 - Mobilizing youth 
Priority Action Area 5 - Accelerating sustainable solutions at local level 
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