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    • Criss Matenga
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      The first realization was the absence of ESD awareness as indicated by the WUC institutional vision & mission. Reviewing these two guiding documents/statements redirected us toward incorporating ESD in our programme structure.

      More critical awareness will and came about as a result of merging our CPs and by engaging in a local depth inquiry, which yielded the foundational knowledge required to commit to a common goal: mitigating global warming through proper waste disposal. Fortunately, the indicators of bad practice and their direct impact were already there for all to see.

      We are growing the pending physical installation of the donated colour-coded waste disposal cages will galvanize our efforts as visibility is what our students dearly want to see for added impetus.

      I have just one point to emphasize to colleagues. Our student teachers are tired of hearing our beautiful theories for positive change. What remains now is for us to be the change we want to see. Actions speak much louder than our pronouncements!

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      The two definitions which are advanced by two schools of thought may be viewed as focussing on two different areas yet they all speak the same thing. The UN definition of sustainable development is more focussing much on human activities on ensuring the continuity in the use of environmental resources whilst Scott is more focussed on the education that trains an individual to appreciate the significance of education.

      In my personal capacity I would define it as the art of educating humans with the curriculum that sees people advancing activities that meets their current statuses of need whilst they matter for the next generation.

      The major areas of sustainability concerns in my area are: deforestation, soil degradation and cultural erosion/degradation.

      The two definitions to a larger extent have tackled areas of sustainability even though UN is more elaborate than the Scott definition. Much as I agree with Scott that education is Paramount to suistanability but human activities are more instrumental in turning the world into a less sustainable environment as such this area is supposed to be hint a lot when defining sustainable development.

      The embarked Instructional change project is of higher significance if we talk of it’s implications because it will bring awareness to student teachers on how they should conduct themselves in classes to ensure that their learners get knowledge, skills and attitudes that will foster the philosophy of sustainability in their activities. The acquisition of these will later be transferred to communities who will embrace it, eventually making the philosophy practical in their daily activities

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