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Foundations of Education for Sustainability (EfS) – An 8-hour CPD-accredited workshop led by industry pioneer and EfS expert, Jaimie Cloud.

17 / 02 / 2022
By James Thomas, Commercial Director at Metanoia

Metanoia is partnering with the Cloud Institute to offer this 8-hour CPD-accredited Education for Sustainability (EfS) workshop, which will be delivered by Jaimie Cloud over two consecutive half-days from 9am – 1pm HK time.

Jaimie is a pioneer in the field of Education for Sustainability (EfS) and is an international keynote speaker, thought leader, and educational consultant. Jaimie writes and publishes extensively, and is a leadership advisor and curriculum development coach to administrators, teachers, and curriculum specialists in schools around the world.

Foundations of EfS

This introductory 8-hour workshop, developed by The Cloud Institute, has been offered to educators around the world. It develops participants’ awareness, knowledge and enduring understanding of the core concepts, content and habits of mind that characterise Education for Sustainability. There will be systems thinking games and experiential simulations, small group discussions, and stories and case studies to support participants’ learning and help envision what is possible when we educate for sustainability.

Who should join?

Educators, administrators, interested students, curriculum and program designers, and anyone interested in exploring what’s possible when we educate for sustainability.

Sign up if you’ve ever wondered…

What is EfS and why should I care about it? How can I inspire my students to take ownership and become hopeful about creating a healthy and sustainable future? How do I integrate sustainability into the existing curriculum without the need for additional class time?

Learning Outcomes

Participants will:

1. Develop a shared understanding and vocabulary of Sustainability and Education for Sustainability (EfS);

2. Generate a personal rationale for educating for sustainability;

3. Become inspired and hopeful about contributing to the shift towards a sustainable future through education;

4. Develop an action plan and next steps for where to begin.

Workshop Content

Dynamics of systems and change , Part 1: The Fish Game – Simulation

This hands-on simulation engages participants in an interactive, replicable learning experience that combines systems thinking tools with interdisciplinary content for a deeper understanding of our role in moving toward a sustainable future. A discussion of mental models that contribute to sustainability and behaviours and strategies that contribute to sustainable outcomes provides participants with a hopeful paradigm for education and community action.

Sustainable Economics – Quality of Life Indicators

What is an indicator of progress? What indicators do we currently use in our society? Are these the best measures of our quality of life and, if not, what would be better measures?

Dynamics of systems and change , Part 2: Diminishing Resources – Activity

How can you, your colleagues, and your students use systems thinking to address problems? How do you know you are distinguishing the problem from the system? How can you ensure that you don’t make your problem worse in the long run and create new problems? This session will make use of critical systems thinking tools of Education for Sustainability (EfS) in order to create a framework for effectively identifying and solving problems.

Natural Laws and Ecological Principles

What are the operating instructions for the planet? Are we abiding by them? Do we have a choice?

The Cloud Institute’s Education for Sustainability (EfS) Framework

Jaimie will introduce the Cloud Institute’s EfS framework, including the core content (nine benchmark standards) and the habits of mind of EfS.

Workshop Schedule

Contact [email protected] to inquire about workshop dates for the 2023-24 academic year.

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Emma graduated with distinction from Rhodes University with a Bachelor of Science in Zoology and Biochemistry. Since graduating, she has worked in the education sector throughout Asia.

She has experience in Nature-based Solutions for Disaster and Climate Resilience, SDG-Academy. In Emma’s spare time she wrote for an environmental think-tank, covering topics ranging from sustainable diets and lifestyles to biodiversity loss and conservation initiatives. Through her work at Metanoia, Emma is fulfilling a lifelong ambition of working in sustainability for education. She is currently working on applied sustainability audits in schools with the aim of helping them become net-zero institutions.

Her areas of interest include sustainability education, biodiversity loss, sustainable diets, and plastic pollution.

Kiran is an Environment and Sustainability masters graduate from Monash University, Australia. As a former digital marketer, she has experience in project management, campaign execution and brand development for multiple start-up companies.

Through Metanoia, she has applied her knowledge in sustainability communications and stakeholder engagement to drive behaviour change and whole school engagement within schools across Asia. Kiran also brings waste expertise to the team from auditing, reporting and providing innovative and circular solutions. Outside of work, Kiran likes to engage in environmental activism; from working with non-profits to reduce plastic pollution, to advocating for animal rights.

Her passion lies in water sanitation and sustainable agricultural practices.