Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) equips learners across all disciplines with the knowledge, skills, attributes, and values required to pursue sustainable visions of the future. Using active pedagogies learners are supported in addressing complex or ‘wicked problems’ and identifying how they can contribute to solutions that address environmental integrity, social justice, and economic prosperity.
If we as educators are serious about preparing our students for the future, we must embrace ESD and ensure that every graduate has not only the knowledge and skills but also the attributes that will enable them at least to cope and ideally thrive in the face of the multiple challenges they will face across their life course in the 21st century.
Why is SDG important? As a human with different races, different skin colors, different ways of thinking and the most important is different cultures and needs to survive in the real world, we are facing challenges, inequalities, and disasters in human rights, economic differences, and environmental ordeal. So how can art and culture contribute to SDG?
Here at IAC, in the Pakistani context the amalgamation of art, culture, technology, and SDG has been realized in many multidisciplinary areas, especially in the creative industry. The diverse culture indirectly affects a cross-culture awareness amongst various races in Pakistan that lead to national unity, where people live in harmony and understanding, which are in line with the goals of SDG.
The application of SDG in arts and culture is not new to mankind. As a whole, at IAC the art, culture, and SDGs are directly embedded in the educational system since their realization. From the perspective of IAC, the SDGs are classified into 3 categories and illustrated as under:
At IAC, the advanced higher education system, and Quality Enhancement Cell (QEC) is curating a series of practice guides designed to support the Institute to enable Education for Sustainable Development. These short, practice-based guides are intended to inspire others by providing practical examples of activities from single workshops to long-term community engagement projects. The first set of these guides focuses on the student experience and is classified under the following headings:
Universities are the primary institutions for the dissemination of knowledge, through teaching, and for the generation of new knowledge, through research. These aspects make universities essential players in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.
By definition, IAC fully matches the targets and priorities set in the 4th SDG (Quality Education), which calls for inclusive, equitable, and quality education. Through innovation in teaching and research, through active participation of all academic stakeholders (teaching and research staff and students), the Institute for Art and Culture encompasses the vision of the SDGs and responds to the problems set out by the 2030 Agenda.
To fulfill the Sustainable Development Goals, here are three ideas that IAC would like to emphasize for practical implementation of the same:
The environment may not be the number one thing most students spend time thinking about. But the truth is that wherever there are people, local ecosystems are affected. And this is no less the case on college and university campuses. So, how can you incorporate a little green mindedness into your daily student life, and help to create a more sustainable campus? Here are 8 ways to get started: