UNESCO Jakarta welcomed the visit of twelve high school-students from Japan on Thursday, 30 March 2017. The students are the winners of an Essay Competition on Education for Sustainable (ESD) organized by the National Federation of UNESCO Associations in Japan (NFUAJ).
NFUAJ is a non-governmental organization founded in 1948 in order to promote UNESCO activities on a grass-root level in Japan based on international solidarity and cooperation in the spirit of UNESCO Constitution. The visit to UNESCO Office aimed for the students to learn about good practice and examples of ESD activities implemented by UNESCO in Indonesia in particular the Green School Initiative.
Mr. Gunawan Zakki, National Program Officer for Education, welcomed the delegate on behalf of the Director and Representative of UNESCO and presented the experience of UNESCO in the implementation of Green School and Climate Change Education in Indonesia.
The students also had the opportunity to present their projects on ESD in the areas of Food waste, Environment, Water and Energy for Sustainable Development. Miss Misaki Kagawa from Hiroshima, Miss Sayo Ishihara, Miss Saki Aizawa and Mr Soma Yamane presented their projects respectively on (1) No food-waste campaign at school, (2) Let Fireflies alive, (3) social impact of water dam's construction, and (4) Sustainable Development versus Recycle-able Development.
Dr. Ai Sugiura, Programme Specialist for Science Policy and Capacity Building also explained UNESCO Natural Sciences Program and the role of the Regional Science Bureau for Asia and the Pacific. She emphasized on the interlinked aspects of environmental and development issues and introduced the nexus approach especially while considering food, water and energy issues for a take home message for the students to their respective schools while considering sustainable development.
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