RCE Penang - 2021

Empowering Students’ Leadership in Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) via Intergenerational Knowledge Transfer 2021
Basic Information
Title of project : 
Empowering Students’ Leadership in Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) via Intergenerational Knowledge Transfer 2021
Submitting RCE: 
RCE Penang
Contributing organization(s) : 
Penang State Education Department
Penang Education Council
Penang State Government
Focal point(s) and affiliation(s)
Name: 
: Dr. Nooraida Yakob
Organizational Affiliation: 
RCE Penang
Name: 
Wan Sharipahmira Mohd Zain
Organizational Affiliation: 
RCE Penang
Name: 
Nur Syazwana Hamzah
Organizational Affiliation: 
RCE Penang
Format of project: 
Report, PowerPoint
Language of project: 
English
Date of submission:
Tuesday, October 12, 2021
Geographical & Education Information
Region: 
Asia-Pacific
Country: 
Malaysia
Location(s): 
Penang
Address of focal point institution for project: 
RCE Penang,
Ground Floor, Block D07, Sejahtera Tower, 11800 USM Penang
Ecosystem(s):
Socioeconomic and environmental characteristics of the area : 
The program involved intergenerational knowledge transfer between SDGs content expert, RCE Sejahtera Youth and school students via video competition focusing on Sustainable Development Goals with three themes that are No Poverty (SDG 1), Responsible Consumption and Production (SDG 12) and Life Below Water (SDG 14).
Description of sustainable development challenge(s) in the area the project addresses: 
Student leadership in sustainability cannot be achieved if depended on a single stakeholder. One of the proven strategies in developing students’ leadership is via collaboration. In line with the 21st century learning competencies, it is essential to empower students in creating transferring knowledge related to sustainability to the younger generation especially using intergenerational knowledge transfer. Thus, it is necessary for students in Penang played a leading role in SDG and share with other students around the globe through RCE Centers.
Contents
Status: 
Ongoing
Period: 
March, 2021 to December, 2021
Rationale: 
This project focuses on three Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) themes, No poverty (SDG 1), Responsible Consumption and Production (SDG 12) and Life Below Water (SDG 14). The SDG 1, No poverty, the target is to fight against the poverty. More than 700 million people, or 10 per cent of the world population, still live-in extreme poverty today, struggling to fulfil the most basic needs like health, education, and access to water and sanitation, etc. This situation is getting worse when the world was hit by covid-19 pandemic and Malaysia is no exemption since the global economy fallout. For SDG 12, Responsible Consumption and Production is very important since world consumption and production is a driving force of the global economy especially on the use of the natural environment and resources in a way that continues to have destructive impacts on the planet. Thus, with SDG 12, students will be more aware on their consumption and production patterns towards a more sustainable future. Whereas, in SDG 14, life below water, the focus is on the ocean especially on the ocean health since the ocean drives global systems that make the Earth habitable for humankind.
Objectives: 
•To develop student leadership for building a sustainable society through education focus on the following themes which are No Poverty (SDG 1), Responsible Consumption and Production (SDG 12) and Life Below Water (SDG 14).
•To promote Penang as a state in Malaysia that is actively engaging students in promoting SDGs at school level
•To strengthen the collaboration between industry and school in cultivating an innovation ecosystem for the creation of knowledge, talent development and product excellence.
•To create leaders who are able to transform their knowledge for a sustainable society
•To empower students to be the leaders in promoting SDGs
Activities and/or practices employed: 
This project focus on Hand’s theme on taking actions on ESD while cultivating the priority action area 4: Empowering and mobilizing youth in the ESD 2030 Roadmap. At the early stage of this project, RCE Penang identified the SDG Experts and three volunteers from our RCE Sejahtera Youth to educate youth and school children on SDG 1, SDG 12 and SDG 14. Then, we conducted an online meeting to introduce the SDG content experts to the RCE Sejahtera Youth selected members. The youths had several meetings with the content experts to learn and empower their knowledge on the SDG. Finally, we organized an online program to youth and school students to educate and raise awareness focuses on SDG 1, SDG12 and SDG 14 as well as SDG 2030 as a whole. The recording of the program was also available on Facebook: RCE Penang at USM, to continuously promoting and educating public on SDGs.
Size of academic audience: 
500
Results: 
The project was successfully implemented on Saturday, 11 September 2021. The project was funded by grants from the Penang Education Council which aims to promote ESD at the national and international levels. By highlighting this SDG, students are more aware to preserve and conserve the ocean as an essential global resource for future sustainability. All the themes were chosen as its very close to students’ life experience and dynamic for empowering students about ESD and SDG. Students’ video will be published via Facebook as a competition based on SDG content and leadership initiatives and creativities.
Lessons learned: 
This program provides a collaboration opportunity for students in Penang to share and exchange ideas on sustainability related to the specific themes.
Key messages: 
All the themes were chosen as its very close to students’ life experience and dynamic for empowering students about ESD and SDG.
Relationship to other RCE activities: 
RCE Penang will make this program as a flagship program among inter-RCE
Funding: 
Penang Education Council: MYR 9000

Pictures:

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Image icon POSTER POSTER FREE ONLINE PROGRAM V2 2021 submitted.png (3.36 MB) Webinar on Empowering Students’ Leadership in Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) via Intergenerational Knowledge Transfer 2021 RCE Penang
Image icon POSTER VIDEO 2021 submitted.png (3.38 MB) Video Competition on Empowering Students’ Leadership in Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) via Intergenerational Knowledge Transfer 2021 RCE Penang
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 
Indirect
SDG 3 - Ensure healthy lives and promote wellbeing for all at all ages 
Indirect
SDG 4 - Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all 
Indirect
SDG 5 - Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls 
Indirect
SDG 6 - Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all 
Indirect
SDG 7 - Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all 
Indirect
SDG 8 - Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment, and decent work for all 
Indirect
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 
Indirect
SDG 12 - Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns 
Direct
SDG 13 - Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts 
Indirect
SDG 14 - Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development 
Direct
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 
Indirect
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 
Indirect
Traditional Knowledge  
Indirect
Agriculture 
Indirect
Arts 
Indirect
Curriculum Development 
Direct
Ecotourism 
Indirect
Forests/Trees 
Indirect
Plants & Animals 
Direct
Waste 
Indirect
ESD for 2030-Priority Action Areas
Priority Action Area 1 - Advancing policy 
state: 
Indirect
Priority Action Area 2 - Transforming learning and training environments 
state: 
Direct
Priority Action Area 3 - Developing capacities of educators and trainers 
state: 
Indirect
Priority Action Area 4 - Mobilizing youth 
state: 
Direct
Priority Action Area 5 - Accelerating sustainable solutions at local level 
state: 
Indirect