Zambia kick-starts implementation of UNESCO CAP-ESD

Zambia has kick-started the Capacity Building Programme for Teacher Educators on Education for Sustainable Development (CAP-ESD) with a national workshop in Lusaka from 16-17 March 2020.

Funded by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA), the CAP-ESD will strengthen implementation of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in teacher education institutions for teacher educators from Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE), primary, secondary and Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET).

Speaking at the launch, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Higher Education, Kayula Siame stressed the importance of teacher educators owning and believing in the programme.

More than 40 participants from various teacher education and technical, vocational and entrepreneurship training (TVET) institutions across Zambia, including ESD experts and representatives from the Ministries of Education attended the launch.

Speaking at the same occasion, UNESCO Regional Office for Southern Africa (ROSA) Programme Specialist for Education, Julia Heiss said there has been a long tradition of ESD in the region through institutional changes. She stated that this process of change in the teaching of teachers requires policy support to have impact and that UNESCO was expectant of continued political support.

CAP-ESD is intended to strengthen implementation of Target 4.7 of the Sustainable Development Goals which requires all governments by 2030 to: ensure that all learners acquire the knowledge and skills needed to promote sustainable development, including, among others, through education for sustainable development and sustainable lifestyles, human rights, gender equality, promotion of a culture of peace and non-violence, global citizenship and appreciation of cultural diversity and of culture’s contribution to sustainable development.

Zambia is the fifth country in Southern Africa where CAP-ESD is being implemented to strengthen ESD professional networks.

The two-day kick start meeting focused on developing shared understanding of the context for ESD in Zambia and initiating change projects in target institutions. It also facilitated understanding of partner roles and commitments in the programme.