The Global Action Programme (GAP) was introduced in November 2014 at the end of the Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (DESD 2005-2014) conference held in Nagoya, Japan. Declared in 2003, DESD was aimed at enhancing the role of education in promoting sustainable development. It was spearheaded by UNESCO as the lead agency.
Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) empowers learners and educators to take informed decisions and responsible action for environmental integrity, economic viability and a just society for present and future generations, while respecting the cultural diversity. NaDEET was one of five African organisations showcased as an “ESD success story” at the DESD in Japan.
The GAP was introduced to contribute to achieving the vision put forward by the DESD by multiplying and scaling up ESD action. To enable focus and stakeholders commitment, the GAP has identified five priority action areas to advance the ESD agenda:
Several organisations including NaDEET, pledged commitments in order to contribute to the GAP agenda. Some had the opportunity to present their commitments during the conference in Japan.
Listen to NaDEET’s Director present our GAP commitment at the 2014 World Conference on the UN DESD:
Key stakeholders were invited to be part of the GAP Partner Networks under each of the five priority areas. NaDEET is a member of the priority action area five (accelerating sustainable solutions at local level)
NaDEET has embarked on a three year programme to expand our reach from NaDEET Centre to three communities in the Hardap Region - Rietoog, Uibes and Gochas. This action entitled RUG for Sustainability, aims to improve the quality of life and protect the environment through ESD. Its main focus is on education and improving access to sustainable living technologies such as solar cookers in areas that are far from commercial areas and services. This is done through three key steps: