RCE Greater Dhaka - 2021

Location

Bangladesh
BD
Students Engagements in Sustainability Activities
Basic Information
Title of project : 
Students Engagements in Sustainability Activities
Submitting RCE: 
RCE Greater Dhaka
Contributing organization(s) : 
1. Centre for Global Environmental Culture (CGEC) of International University of Business Agriculture and Technology (IUBAT)

2. IUBAT Institute of SDG Studies (IISS)

3. WWOOF Bangladesh

4. Gono Bishwabidyaloya University, Savar

5. Safiuddin Sarkar Academy & College, Tongi

6. Abdul Kadir Mollah City College, Narsingdi

7. Scholastica Model College, Uttara, Dhaka

8. Narsingdi Public College (NPC)
Focal point(s) and affiliation(s)
Name: 
Professor Selina Nargis
Organizational Affiliation: 
International University of Business Agriculture and Technology (IUBAT)
Name: 
Professor Dr Mohammed Ataur Rahman
Organizational Affiliation: 
WWOOF Bangladesh
Name: 
Dr Muhammad Rehan Dastagir
Organizational Affiliation: 
IISS IUBAT Institute of SDG Studies
Name: 
Professor Dr Laila Parveen Banu
Organizational Affiliation: 
Gono Bishwabidyaloya University, Savar
Name: 
Mr Mohammad Moniruzzaman, Principal
Organizational Affiliation: 
Safiuddin Sarkar Academy & College, Tongi
Name: 
Mr Mohammad Mahmudul Hasan, Principal
Organizational Affiliation: 
Abdul Kadir Mollah City College, Narsingdi
Name: 
Mr. Mohammad Shahidul Baher Khan, Principal
Organizational Affiliation: 
Scholastica Model College, Uttara, Dhaka
Name: 
Mr. Alomgir Hossion Bhuiya, Principal
Organizational Affiliation: 
Narsingdi Public College (NPC), Narsingdi
Format of project: 
Manuscript and PowerPoint
Language of project: 
English
Date of submission:
Tuesday, October 12, 2021
Additional resources: 
Publication: Prospect of Sustainability Course for Student’s Engagement
in ESDJournal of Sustainability Perspectives 1 (1), 2021, 53-61
https://ejournal2.undip.ac.id/index.php/jsp/
Education for Sustainable Development
At what level is the policy operating?: 
National
Geographical & Education Information
Region: 
Asia-Pacific
Country: 
Bangladesh
Location(s): 
Dhaka and all Districts of Bangladesh
Address of focal point institution for project: 
4 Embankment Drive Road, Uttara Model Town
Uttara Model Town
Ecosystem(s):

Socioeconomic and environmental characteristics of the area : 
The socioeconomic condition is very unequal, a huge gap between rich and poor, urban and rural. Religiously ignorant and conservative and many are deprived of education. During the pandemic situation, many people have lost their jobs and livelihoods. The COVID-19 pandemic impacted Bangladesh profoundly. In addition to the impact on health, GDP growth decelerated, and poverty increased. The pandemic may also have long-term economic implications as a result of reduced female labor force participation, learning losses, and heightened financial sector vulnerabilities. Bangladesh has a good record of implementing SDGs but this progress has seriously been affected due to the pandemic situation. The education sector, mostly the rising private education has been affected badly and resulted in huge unemployment, early marriages, and social crimes.
Description of sustainable development challenge(s) in the area the project addresses: 
To overcome the sustainable development challenges only skilled human resources can help in this highly populated Bangladesh as the other natural resources are very limited. Since there are very limited natural resources are available here human resources are only the capital mainly the workforce for textile and apparel industries and for exporting overseas workforce. So, the country immediately needs ESD-skilled human resource development. The Undergraduate students and youths are the immediately available resources which we need to develop by engaging them in sustainability practices.
Contents
Status: 
Ongoing
Period: 
January, 2018
Rationale: 
We were running ESD courses since 2013 and continuing mandatory for all to fulfil the Whole Institute Approach. Now we emphasized Students engagement in ESD activities by involving themselves in different projects in IUBAT Green Campus, also in the surrounding institutes and throughout the country.
Objectives: 
1. To extend ESD to the students and youths in higher education, TVET, and ToT to make them skilled to become immediate human resources and workforce.

2. Spreading ESD throughout the country among the general people
3. To become a skill for resource management to attain sustainability
Activities and/or practices employed: 
Students' engagement in Campus sustainability
Students' engagement in the Community with ESD practices
Students' engagement in the Secondary and Higher Secondary Schools and Colleges with ESD practices
Students' engagement in the TVET and Teachers Training Institutions and Colleges with ESD practices
Size of academic audience: 
10,000 +
Results: 
It is an ongoing project. Every year more institutions are coming under ESD cultivation from all over the country. As IUBAT has students from most of the Districts of Bangladesh the students are cultivating ESD practices in their own village thus expanding ESD knowledge throughout the country speedily.
Lessons learned: 
It is a great success to spread ESD knowledge practices throughout the country. Students are been provided with an ESD project with financial support. For cultivation in distant areas needs more finance which is a challenge but both IUBAT and the students are sharing the costs. continue higher education utilizing the technological benefits extending financial support. This may be a global model for spreading ESD.
Key messages: 
Active participation of every individual student in cultivating ESD practice can easily make a success in achieving sustainable development goals (SDGs).
Relationship to other RCE activities: 
This project has been progressing with the all-out cooperation and coordination of RCE Greater Dhaka Partners. IUBAT Institute of SDG Studies (IISS) has extended the work with the government SDG Office of Prime Minister and also communicating the General Economics Division (GED) of the Planning Commission of Bangladesh. RCE Greater Dhaka organized webinars on world environment day and also implementing programs as per ESD Road Map and a national program On Campus Sustainability was one of them (Ref RCE Bulletin Issues 112, 118, 120) also actively participating RCE Global and Regional Meetings and World River Day organized be RCE Kuching and THE 7th INTERNATIONAL (VIRTUAL) WORKSHOP ON UI GREENMETRIC WORLD UNIVERSITY RANKINGS 24-26 August 2020 Universiti Putra Malaysia, Malaysia. RCE Greater Dhaka is sharing its activities among its partner members locally and the local institutes and colleges are being involved.
Funding: 
International University of Business Agriculture and Technology

Pictures:

File Name Caption for picture Photo Credit
Image icon IMG_1310.JPG (6.87 MB) Learning to segregate waste F. Ahmed
Image icon IMG_1271.JPG (9.35 MB) Involvement in cleaning campaign F. Ahmed
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 
Direct
SDG 2 - End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition, and promote sustainable agriculture 
Direct
SDG 3 - Ensure healthy lives and promote wellbeing for all at all ages 
Direct
SDG 4 - Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all 
Direct
SDG 5 - Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls 
Direct
SDG 6 - Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all 
Direct
SDG 7 - Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all 
Direct
SDG 8 - Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment, and decent work for all 
Direct
SDG 9 - Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialisation, and foster innovation 
Indirect
SDG 10 - Reduce inequality within and among countries 
Indirect
SDG 11 - Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable 
Direct
SDG 12 - Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns 
Direct
SDG 13 - Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts 
Direct
SDG 14 - Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development 
Indirect
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 
Direct
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 
Indirect
SDG 17 - Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalise the global partnership for sustainable development 
Direct
Theme
Disaster Risk Reduction 
Direct
Traditional Knowledge  
Direct
Agriculture 
Direct
Arts 
Indirect
Curriculum Development 
Indirect
Ecotourism 
Direct
Forests/Trees 
Direct
Plants & Animals 
Direct
Waste 
Direct
ESD for 2030-Priority Action Areas
Priority Action Area 1 - Advancing policy 
state: 
Direct
Priority Action Area 2 - Transforming learning and training environments 
state: 
Direct
Priority Action Area 3 - Developing capacities of educators and trainers 
state: 
Direct
Priority Action Area 4 - Mobilizing youth 
state: 
Direct
Priority Action Area 5 - Accelerating sustainable solutions at local level 
state: 
Direct