Two weeks ago, Small holder workshops on “Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) - Training for Educators in Kenya” were held in Nairobi, Kisumu and Mombasa. Over 200 educators participated in the trainings.
These trainings arise from a bilateral MOU on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) which was signed in January 2013 between the Ministry of Education and the Government of Israel, through its international development cooperation agency MASHAV.
Education for sustainable Development (ESD) has emerged as a relevant and important principle to be integrated in the school curriculum as it addresses education needs through the establishment of broad teaching and learning processes that emphasize an interdisciplinary and holistic approach, which promotes critical and creative thinking.
The path to establish institutions based on the tenets of ESD requires thorough, long-term development and support activities. Yudith Rosenthal (Director of the Aharon Ofri Training Center) and Eyal Bloch (co-founder of Institute for ESD in Israel) presided over the inauguration of four demonstration centers of ESD.
1. Nairobi Primary School
2. Ngunyumu Primary School, Korogocho – Nairobi
3. Big Pen Informal School, Korogocho – Nairobi
4. Sahajanad Special School in Mtwapa, Mombasa
From left: Mr. Eyal Bloch - co-founder of Institute for ESD in Israel, Joseph Karuga - Chair of KEPSHA, and
Yudith Rosenthal - Director of the Aharon Ofri Training Center
Initial phase of the planning and integration was held last year in Israel where KEPSHA (Kenya Primary Schools Heads Association) Principals and Ministry of Education officials were trained. Over 90 stakeholders have already undertaken this training g The Partnership will go on till 2016.
About A. Ofri Center
Aharon Ofri International Training Center was established in 1989 as a professional extension of MASHAV (Israel’s Agency for International Development Cooperation) whose activities are targeted to meet the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Since its inception, the A. Ofri Center has trained thousands of professionals from countries throughout the world. The Center cooperates with senior staff in the Israeli Ministry of Education, academic experts, governmental organizations and non-governmental organizations. In addition, it communicates and cooperates with key international organizations such as UNESCO, OECD, USAID, UNODC, OAS, IOM and the World Bank. In adopting the UN‟s MDGs, the A. Ofri Center contributes to the sustainable development of human resources internationally, based on knowledge and experience accumulated in Israel