Final Conference in Poland
The University of Social Sciences (SAN) had the honour to be the host of the Final Conference devoted to Sustainable Development Education in European Rural Areas. The objective of the conference was to sum up 3 years of work on the Rural Dear Agenda EYD 2015 project.
The conference took place on the 22nd November 2017 in Łódź, on the University of Social Sciences’ premises.
Mr Paweł Tomczak, the representative of Związek Gmin Wiejskich RP (Union of Communes of the Republic of Poland) in his speech “Local Authorities as Promoters of Changes, Education for Development and Raising Awareness – Experience of the Union of Communes of the Republic of Poland during the implementation of the LADDER project” presented the role of local governments.
This issue was mentioned by the keynote speaker of the conference, Anna Batorczak, PhD, from the University of Warsaw Centre for Natural Environment and Sustainable Development Research (Uniwersyteckie Centrum Badań nad Środowiskiem Przyrodniczym i Zrównoważonym Rozwojem) in her presentation "Education as the Crucial Prerequisite for Effective Implementation of the Sustainable Development Objectives".
During the conference our speakers discussed such issues as the leaders’ role in the promotion of sustainable development education. The leaders are the driving force of all the activities because only a deeply involved person, with the sense of mission and a clear goal can convince others to work for the common good. There is a huge need to appoint and train such people – leaders who will be able to put theory into practice.
Our beneficiaries and presenters in the conference were among others:
Ex Litteris Libertas foundation which implemented the “Global Education in Local Environment” project, “Mroga” Association with the project “Our Dear Planet”, Kre-aktywni Association and their project “Be ECO! Educate People, Use Wisely, Protect Environment”, as well as the Association OnJaTy with the initivative “Bukowiec Pollinator Sanctuary”.
The conference was of international significance. Among its participants were the project partners representing Bulgaria, Spain, Greece, Malta, Cyprus and Italy. It was successful and attended by over 90 participants who were happy to take part in such an interesting event.
We hope that with our work we will popularize the noble idea of education for sustainable development.