SEEDLING project holds First Project Team Meeting
The SEEDLING project held its First Project Team Meeting on February 3, 2016 on the premises of REC Country Office Serbia. The project is implemented by the Regional Environmental Center (REC) and financed by the Austrian Development Agency (ADA). The total project amount is EUR 1.534 million. Of this amount, ADA is contributing EUR 1.4 million in funding, while the remainder is a contribution from the REC.
SEEDLING (Introducing UN Sustainable Development Goals in Schools in South East Europe) aims to strengthen education, capacity building and awareness raising on the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in SEE countries (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo*, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro and Serbia) by incorporating them into national school curricula and by means of regional cooperation and networking among decision makers, educators and teachers. The aim of including Moldova in the project is to transfer knowledge and experience to the country from the SEE region.
The proposed project is a continuation of the REC's ESD-related activities in the SEE region. The services proposed are tailored to the needs of the beneficiary countries and are designed to support ongoing reforms in the national educational systems. Some of the proposed activities will create synergies with these ongoing reforms and strengthen the capacity of educational institutions, while other activities will focus on specific educational challenges in the countries and on the introduction of ESD in secondary education by means of a new multimedia tool that will reflect the requirements of the SDGs. Most of the target countries have introduced at least one REC-developed ESD multimedia product from the Green Pack family in their formal educational system.
UN SDGs: a brief background
On January 1, 2016, the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, adopted by world leaders in September 2015 at an historic UN Summit, officially came into force. Over the next 15 years, countries will attempt to mobilise efforts to end all forms of poverty, fight inequalities and tackle climate change, while ensuring that no one is left behind.
The SDGs build on the success of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and aim to go further to end all forms of poverty. The new goals are unique in that they call for action by all countries (poor, rich and middle-income) to promote prosperity while protecting the planet. They recognise that ending poverty must go hand-in-hand with economic growth strategies that also address a range of social needs including education, health, social protection, and job opportunities, while tackling climate change and environmental protection.
While the SDGs are not legally binding, governments are expected to take ownership and establish national frameworks for the achievement of the 17 goals. Countries have primary responsibility for following-up on and reviewing any progress made in implementing the goals, which will require high-quality, accessible and timely data collection. Regional follow-up and review will be based on national-level analyses and contribute to the same actions at the global level.
* This designation is without prejudice to positions on status, and is in line with UNSCR 1244 and the ICJ Opinion on the Kosovo declaration of independence.