Fifteen African scholars, the recipients of UK Commonwealth Scholarship awards funded by the Department for International Development (DFID), took part in this programme. Following an extremely competitive awards scheme that attracted over 250 applicants, these 15 scholars were selected for their academic ability and for their leadership abilities in relation to their potential development impact in their countries.
Although these participants came from a wide range of work contexts, including education ministries, NGO development programmes, The British Council, HIV and AIDS training, wildlife conservation, environmental journalism, emergency programmes for refugees and university teaching, they all shared a commitment to promoting sustainability for people and the planet. Because this is a distance learning programme, they are able to apply their learning to their work context to achieve an immediate impact.
As always is the case, the intercultural elements of the residential gave the scholars an opportunity (often for the very first time) to meet colleagues from different African countries and exchange ideas and learn about their different cultures and traditions. This year, for the first time, a few self paying UK based students joined the group and found it inspiring to be part of such an active international learning community for EfS. This exposure benefitted the EfS academic team too.
The EfS MSc programme offers post-graduate qualifications from Continuing Professional Development (CPD) to Masters level. Launch in 1994 in collaboration with World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), Oxfam and the European Union (EU), this programme was a result of the need identified in the 1992 UN Earth Summit in Rio for integrating environmental and development agendas for paving the way for a sustainable future.
Designed for anyone with an interest in or a concern for sustainability, this programme draws on the expertise of environmental and development NGOs as well as the academic and educational communities. An overview of the course content is as follows:
- An Introduction to EfS
- Values and participation in EfS; from local to global
- Leadership, learning and climate change: the sustainability revolution
- Theory and perspectives on environment and development
- Science and culture in EfS
- Researching EfS
- Dissertation (MSc only)
Its modules are designed to be applicable to any type of educational or country context and make use of case studies and readings from a range of global regions.
Photograph from London South Bank University
Original news post by Professor Ros Wade on the London RCE News website (the source of this write up) http://londonrcenews.wordpress.com/2013/12/04/london-africa-link-through-lsbu-masters-students-on-the-msc-education-for-sustainability-efs/
Course page on LSBU website: Education for Sustainability MSc http://www.lsbu.ac.uk/courses/course-finder/education-sustainability-msc
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