What is at issue:
The Turquoise Change (TTC) is an ESD project, founded in November 2016 in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands (ANI), India by the ESD Expert Net Members Supirya Singh and Katarina Roncevic. The initiative aims at promoting a multi‐stakeholder, multi‐disciplinary and multi‐cultural dialogue and action on advancing sustainable thinking and lifestyles in schools on islands supporting small communities.
The purpose of the ToT was to build the capabilities of schools – students, teachers and principals as well as the local communities, youth and local NGOs to work towards the preservation, comprehension and celebration of the local environment. The Turquoise Change uses the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Whole School Approach as overarching frameworks for its work in the islands.
What's happening now:
TTC will work in Havelock in ANI and Zanzibar City in Zanzibar in its pilot phase from November 2016 – July 2018. The extension of the TTC-initiative towards further islands of the ESD-Expert-Net–Member countries, especially to Germany is planned.
What we have achieved:
The aim of ESD is to enable individuals to recognize and evaluate the present as well as fu ture global challenges and enable people to participate in development as well as shaping processes, which are necessary to assure recent as well as future generations the access to the resources they need to meet their needs. Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) promotes sustainable thinking and acting. It enables children and adults to make decisions and at the same time understand how those decisions affect future generations and the life of others.
This understanding leads to the question: What are the recent as well as future concerns we find ourselves in?
- increasing complexity of living conditions all over the world
- increasing dynamics of change Dramatic increase of global challenges
- increasing degradation of parts of the earth system (climate change, loss of biodiversity, acidification of oceans, etc.)
- development deficits of the global society (poverty, hunger, migration,...)
After these presentations on the theoretical background and action projects, the main discussion was centred on the relevance of SDGs to Islands and project action planning (choose your goal, what is the problem, possible solutions, what do we have, what do we need).
In addition to commitments made by the teachers on the SDGs above, the following ideas were proposed as a way forward:
- Include SDGs into the curriculum or extra-curricular activities.
- Lobbying school management on SDGs agenda.
- The SDGs are interlinked and require system thinking approach.
- Health and Well-Being would require simple and realistic solution like vegetable
- gardening which should involve the entire school community (management, teachers, learners and parents).
- Zero Hunger would require awareness and lobbying of the school, community and parents committee.
- Inform school management, school and community.
- Raise money for the school through art and craft, recycling, etc.
- Organizing school meetings with other staff
- Encourage other schools to join the Eco-Schools Indian Ocean Program