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• To what extent does it reflect your understanding of sustainable development?
Our response is based on the definition of Sustainable development as the organizing principle for meeting human development goals while simultaneously sustaining the ability of natural systems to provide the natural resources and ecosystem services on which the economy and society depend.
UNZA vision of “An Eminent University Driven by Pursuit of Knowledge, Innovation and Social Responsiveness”.
To a larger extent, the pursuit of knowledge, innovation and social responsiveness in the vision resonates with meeting human development goals as well as sustaining the ability of natural systems to provide the natural resources and ecosystem services on which the economy and society depend, which is the bedrock of sustainable development.
UNZA Mission is “To provide relevant, innovative and demand-driven higher education for socio-economic development”.
To a large extent providing relevant, innovative and demand-driven higher education for socio-economic development implies education that is desired to meet the human development goals as well as maintain the ecosystem.
• To what extent does it reflect the definition of sustainable development that reads “Sustainable Development is development which meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs”? Do you think this is needed or not?
The pursuit of knowledge, innovation and social responsiveness in the vision means meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs, as expounded in social responsiveness.
UNZA Mission is “To provide relevant, innovative and demand-driven higher education for socio-economic development”.
Providing relevant, innovative and demand-driven higher education for socio-economic development, that is desired to meet the human development goals as well as maintain the ecosystem.
• To what extent does your institution’s Vision and Mission statement reflect the objectives of ESD and the GAP?
Education for Sustainable Development aims to empower learners to take informed decisions and responsible actions for environmental integrity, economic viability and a just society, for present and future generations, while respecting cultural diversity. It is about lifelong learning, and is an integral part of quality education. ESD is holistic and transformational education which addresses learning content and outcomes, pedagogy and the learning environment. It achieves its purpose by transforming society.
The GAP contributes to achieving the vision put forward by the Decade of ESD: “a world where everybody has the opportunity to benefit from education and learn the values, behaviour and lifestyles required for a sustainable future and for positive societal transformation”. It has two objectives, namely:
Objective 1 “to reorient education and learning so that everyone has the opportunity to acquire the knowledge, skills, values and attitudes that empower them to contribute to sustainable development”
Objective 2 “to strengthen education and learning in all agendas, programmes and activities that promote sustainable development”.
The University Vision and Mission centres on: Academic Freedom; Excellence; Innovativeness; Eco-Friendliness; Integrity; and Equity. These elements are key in ESD, which seeks to empower learners to take informed decisions and responsible actions for environmental integrity, economic viability and a just society, for present and future generations, while respecting cultural diversity. Equally, they are key in the GAP as well as seen from its objectives.
• How would you reframe/restate your institution’s Vision and Mission statement to more substantively reflect SD and ESD (based on your understandings of these concepts and your context)?
Vision: The vision is based on “An Eminent University fostering Sustainable Development through Pursuit of Knowledge, Innovation, and Social Responsiveness”.
Mission: “To provide relevant, innovative and demand-driven higher education for sustainable socio-economic development”.