The first ever symposium hosted by EfS Tasmania took place in October 2017. Local Steps brought together education and sustainability practitioners and academics to share ideas and challenges in Education for Sustainability.
Workshops were held in Hobart, Launceston and Burnie. With nearly 100 people attending across the three days.
The aim of Local Steps was to help people to educate for sustainability. Participants learned about the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and the Principles and Processes of Education for Sustainability. Speakers shared inspiring examples of their application locally. Those participating were encouraged to identify opportunities to apply ideas to teaching, research, workplace and life generally.
Local Steps was a chance to build relationships with like-minded people; a networking opportunity showcasing Tasmanian practices in education for sustainability and work-shopping ways to embed sustainability more securely into educative practices.
Ideas from our inaugural symposium in October 2017
Thanks to everyone who completed a survey at the events. Here is a summary of what we learned from your feedback and input…
WORD CLOUD: Your FIVE key words to describe what sustainability means to you.
You told us you are keen for more ideas on implementation, particularly in schools…
“More ideas of how to involve sustainability in the classroom”
“I would like to learn more of utilising available resources
to address sustainability issues at school”
“Provide opportunities for students to identify project and facilitate
their learning by making sure they ‘own’ it”
Many of you were left feeling inspired, empowered or motivated…
“teach regardless of what I can offer”
“small ideas can make a big difference”
“work out our challenges don’t wait for perfection to start”
Yet still feeling a like you need more confidence…
Perhaps because you learned many new things that you were yet to examine more closely…
Some of your ideas include…
- Support and awareness of sustainability issues in clothing and textiles industry
- SDG challenges
- Pairing senior and primary schools to identify local community issues
- Teach Permaculture in schools
- Teach sustainability to more pre-service teachers
- Linking students into organisations for sustainability placements
- Engage industry with EfS projects as part of work readiness for adult learners
Please tell us more… via our Google Poll to help us plan for 2018 and beyond. Take our 5 min poll.