The Swedish/Africa/Asia International Training Programme (ITP) on Higher Education for Sustainable Development (HESD) Alumni Conference and Reflective Seminar
  Time:2014-12-12 


ITP

GUPES in partnership with the Rhodes University and NIRAS, recently held the Swedish/Africa/Asia International Training Programme (ITP) on Higher Education for Sustainable Development (HESD) Alumni Conference and Reflective Seminar, from 25 to 28 November 2014, at Environmental Learning Research Centre, Rhodes University, South Africa. The alumni conference and reflective seminar not only reviewed the five years of the ITP’s successful existence but also marked its culmination. Over 125 participants have successfully undertaken the course.

The seminar showcased over 25 change projects drawn from various Mainstreaming Environment and Sustainability in African Universities (MESA) Partnership Programmes, such as Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, Nigeria, Botswana, Mozambique, South Africa, Egypt and Zambia among others. These change projects represented some of the best ESD change projects developed over the life of the ITP programme by alumni of this programme (2008-2013). At present, 141 of such projects have been developed for the African and Asian continent. The outcomes of the meeting will be essential in the production of future interventions and strategic planning outcomes for Africa.
Present at the conference was Pradhan Mahesh, the Chief - Environmental Education and Training Unit of the United Nations Environment Programme; a high level Swedish evaluation team; teams from China, Sweden and India among others. The outcomes of these ITP change projects will contribute to the promotion of ESD in Higher Education in Africa, and the UNESCO Global Action Plan for Education for Sustainable Development.
At the close of the seminar, GUPES in collaboration with Rhodes University and NIRAS pre-launched 2 new publications - 'Stories of Change' and 'Education for Sustainable Development: Implications for Higher Education in Asia - for SIDA ITP ESD HE programme'. The publications highlight alumni stores of change from Africa and Asia respectively.