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    • How this Learning Action has helped you to review your TE/TVET programmes?
    It has helped to reflect on the programmes provided with an SD and ESD lenses.
    • How can you work towards a more critical understanding of SD and ESD in your context?
    By working towards integration of SD and ESD in as many programmes as possible.
    • What still needs to be discussed and taken forward?
    Lobby with other schools in the University to buy in the concept and integrate elements of SD and ESD as much as possible
    • Can you prepare some suggestions for colleagues / your department / your TE/TVET institution? What would you emphasise?
    The emphasis is would be on the importance of understanding SD and ESD and how to integrate them in their programmes.

    Heather
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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 Vison 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”.

    Heather
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    in reply to: Earth System #2772

    (a)Anthropogenic: This is a period of time when anthropogenic activities have impacted on the environment to cause significant geological changes.
    (b)Earth as a system: It is a system made up of different components such as geosphere, biosphere, hydrosphere and atmosphere which all interact together. Smooth Interaction of the said component is key to life supporting systems and maintaining ecosystem’s function to support diversity of life. However, anthropogenic activities have altered the way the earth systems operates resulting in the destruction of natural habitat and climate change. Not all believe that anthropogenic activities alter operations of the earth system. However, humans have an opportunity to do things differently for the good of earth as a system.
    (c) Key life supporting systems; these include geosphere, biosphere, hydrosphere and atmosphere. All these interact in a systematic manner to provide services such climate regulation and diversity of life.
    (d)How ecosystems function to support the diversity of life.
    Living organisms depend on the existence of each other for survival and other non-living things. It is through the interaction between biotic and abiotic interaction that we have food, fuel, oxygen, nutrients, water, air purification and all that humans’ need for survival

    Heather
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    The Case Studies were well thought out. I particularly liked the one that blended IK in learning science. IK has sustainable practices that need to be explained scientifically during lessons.

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