The Faith-based ESD Teacher's Toolkit
ARC and our African partners have created a fabulous teacher's toolkit that integrates faith values about caring for creation with teaching on the environment in faith-managed primary schools. This project was one of the key drivers in leading to the establishment of Faith in Water.
The Faith-based Education for Sustainable Development Teacher's Toolkit is inspiring and beautiful, and full of examples that not only teachers but also several Education Ministers in sub-Saharan Africa have said will be invaluable in teaching children about why – and how, of course – nature should be protected at every level.
It was produced by ARC and the Kenya Organisation for Environmental Education (KOEE), together with faith partners from the Anglican Church of Kenya, the Catholic Church of Kenya, the Hindu Council, the Methodist Church in Kenya, the Presbyterian Church of East Africa, the Seventh Day Adventists and the Supreme Council of Kenyan Muslims (SUPKEM).
It is intended for faith primary schools, initially in Kenya but ultimately throughout sub Saharan Africa. It has been launched in Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania, and accredited as an approved text in Kenya by the Institute of Curriculum Development.
An example of best practice
In November 2014, the Toolkit was highlighted as an example of best practice by UNESCO at its World Conference in Japan to mark the end of the Decade of Education for Sustainable Development. Only 25 initiatives were showcased at the Conference – out of a possible 900 candidates.
'The Faith-based ESD Toolkit carries
'The faith-based approach to Education for Sustainable Development is of critical importance in promoting responsible behaviour to live sustainably for human progress.'
The launch of the Toolkit in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania
Picture credits, clockwise from top: Kibera primary school mural, by Susie Weldon. Photo gallery pictures by Susie Weldon, Mary Bellekom, KOEE and ARC.