The Importance of Student Engagement
Student engagement is essential in sustainability education. Helping to foster a deeper understanding of sustainability issues and inspiring students to take action to address these challenges. Sustainability education aims to equip students with the knowledge and skills they need to become responsible and engaged global citizens, making informed decisions about their actions and contributing to building a sustainable future.
In February 2023, we were honoured to be invited on behalf of our clients to attend the Beyond COP21 Symposium, which brings school communities to the forefront of sustainable development action.
Conceived, developed and facilitated by Peter Milne, Founder/Director of Target4Green, the symposium series was launched in January 2016 in Dubai and is continuing to inspire students and teachers in schools across the world via a day of interactive discussions, workshops and an exhibition around the Beyond COP21 & SDGs agendas.
Believing that mobilisation and education of today’s youth around the Paris Agreement are crucial in linking the Climate Crisis, Action and the UN Sustainable Development Goals. The event included high-impact presentations, guest speakers and practical activities/workshops. Local companies and organisations in the sustainability space were invited to showcase their initiatives, engaging with students, teachers and parents from the host school.
It was a great day to meet children of all ages and discuss real-world challenges as we try to live and operate more sustainably. The opportunity to showcase real-life market solutions on hand to help with these challenges was a positive step.
Why Should Students Take Part in Sustainability Education?
- It is known that students who are engaged in sustainability education are more likely to take an interest in sustainability issues and become advocates for sustainable practices and policies.
- Acquire New Skills: These include sustainability problem-solving, research, communication and project management.
- To Become Responsible Citizens: Engaging students in sustainability education can help create a culture of sustainability within schools and communities. As students learn about sustainability issues and take action to address them, they inspire others to do the same, creating a ripple effect that can lead to real change.
- To Prepare for Workplace Demands: Students who learn about it now will be prepared to take on these jobs in the future.
How Can You Get Involved?
To run the next Beyond Cop21 symposium, contact Peter Milne or sponsor the event to engage more students in sustainability conversations.
For schools in the Middle East, do reach out to us if you would like more information on climate education providers.
Written by: Tiffany McGrath