The Leading Practice Publication (LPP) has been launched at the annual meeting of the European project University Educators for Sustainable Development (UE4SD) hosted by the Autonomous University of Madrid at the Cultural Centre “La Corrala” in Madrid, on November 23rd, 2015. The publication is the result of the project’s second stage of “Developing resources”, building on the knowledge and experience of 53 partners from 33 countries active in the area of Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) at European higher education (HE) institutions. Following the mapping stage of the field of ESD on HE level in all involved countries with special emphasis on UNECE competences, the publication provides an overview of 13 selected bestpractice examples of professional development opportunities for European university educators in the area ofESD. It also reviews possibilities of how to implement ESD professional development at the HE level throughoutEurope, i.e. it provides information on the ways in which relevant professional development in ESD can be acquired, and what is needed at policy level to reach this transformation.
On November 23, 2015 asoc. prof. of Daugavpils University, Center of Sustainable Education Dzintra Iliško participated at the University Educators for Sustainable Development (UE4SD) project’s meeting. UE4SD is a three year project funded by the European Commission under the Lifelong Learning Programme - Erasmus Academic Networks. The project is working across Europe to locate and capture recent efforts to support the developmentof ESD capabilities of university educators. The aim is to draw on the best practices, new initiatives and usable tools for professional development in ESD for university educators. The project draws together 55 partners across 33 countries, mainly in Europe. UE4SD project seeks to establish a leading expert group in Education for Sustainable Development in higher education in Europe and will create a platform to combine and share the expertise of network partners so that they can inform policy and practice well beyond the life of the project. Its activities are closely associated with COPERNICUS Alliance – the European Network of Higher Education for Sustainable Development.
On the second day of UNESCO LNK and Daugavpils University’s conference “Bridging Education and Science for Sustainable Development”, namely, on December 3 rd , the members of the Baltic and Black Sea Consortium in educational research (BBCC) gathered for the meeting. The meeting has appointed BBCC members for the membership in the board of the BBCC international Institute of Sustainable Education (ISE). The agreement about the establishment of the virtual International ISE was confirmed at the 13th InternationalJTEFS/BBCC conference “Sustainable Development. Culture. Education” that took place in Riga from May 5-6 in Riga Technical University (for more info, see www.du.lv).
To celebrate the achievements of the United Nations Decade on Education for Sustainable and to promote the Global Action Program on ESD, the LatvianNational Commission for UNESCO in cooperation with the UNESCO Chair at the Daugavpils University and National Centre for Education is organizing aninternational conference “Bridging Education and Science for Sustainable Development”.
Within the framework of a visit of Research Institute of Šiauliai University to Daugavpils University on October 8, 2015, the researchers of the Centre of Sustainable Education at Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences had discussions with the colleagues from the Research Institute in Šiauliai University. There were the representatives of other research centres of the Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences as well. Šiauliai University Research Institute’s researchers undertake research and expert work oriented to innovations that develop high quality research with added value in the priority areas of regional and national sustainable development and develop scientific counselling and educational activities. The Institute covers wide research areas by the research centres: Educational Research Centre, Natural Science Education Research Centre, Humanities Research Centre, Art Research Centre, Process Modelling Centre, Regional Development Research Centre, and Social Research Centre. During this meeting researchers from both institutions discussed the possibilities of further cooperation and research.
In September 14 – 18, 2015, 50 participants of Teacher Education Network (TEN) participated in the NORDPLUS project’s intensive program: "Mythology culture and identity in the Nordic and Baltic Countries" (NPHE-2015/10077) that took place in Riga. Among the course participants were the students of Master’s program “Education” were Ilona Stepiņa, Agnese Timofejeva un Alise Ciburevkina, and asoc. Prof. Dzintra Iliško.
World Environment Day is celebrated every year on June 5. It is one of the ways how United Nations facilitate understanding about environment issues in the world. On June 5, 2015 we celebrate the 43rd anniversary of World Environment Day and this year the slogan is “Seven Billion Dreams. One Planet. Consume with Care”. On this day everyone is asked to pay attention to environmental problems and promote understanding about environmental issues in the world. Environmental protection is the priority in EU Constitution and in the environmental sphere there are several aims: to save, to protect, to improve environment quality, to protect people’s health, to use natural resources reasonably and rationally and to organize activities for solving environmental problems in regions and in the whole world.
13th international JTEFS/BBCC conference Sustainable Development. Culture. Education:
Interplay of Traditions and Innovations in Education for Sustainable development
May 5-6, 2015, Riga, Latvia
Deadline to register for the conference is April 15, 2015.
Daugavpils University reports on progress on participating in the International project:
ESD Professional Development of University Educators
New mapping report shows good practices and gaps across Europe.
From February till May 2014 54 higher education institutions from 33 countries across Europe were engaged in mapping the state of the art of education for sustainable development (ESD) in higher education. Daugavpils University, the Institute of Sustainable Education at the newly founded Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences is one of the partners of the project. The partners represent an area of more than 3,000 European higher education institutions with more than 24 million students. Besides identifying the status of ESD integration, the focus was on mapping existing ESD professional development opportunities for university educators as quality in higher education teaching is seen as vital for preparing students with the competences they need to address 21st century challenges.
On december 16, 2014 the Institute of Sustainable Education and the Faculty of Education and Management have celebrated a new book published by Jelena Badjanova ” Holistic approach to facilitating the acquisition of musical cultural values: primary education teachers’ views ” by the German national Library (Heinrich-Böcking-Str. 6-8, 66121, Saarbrücken, Germany. LAP LAMBERT Academic Publishing (2014-09-24).
ISE professor and UNESCO chair holder Ilga Salite has attended UNESCO World Conference on Education for Sustainable Development – “Learning Today for a Sustainable Future” that took place on 10-12th November 2014 in Nagoya, Japan and the8th Biennial Meeting of the International Network of Teacher Education Institutions in Okayama, Japan. As the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon has emphasized: “ environmental, economic and social indicators tell us that our current model of progress is unsustainable. Ours is a world of looming challenges and increasingly limited resources. Sustainable development offers the best chance to adjust our course ”. The conference showcased initiatives, actors, networks and ideas that were inspired by the DESD and reviewed their impact on the basis of data provided by stakeholders and collected by UNESCO. With a view to post-Decade activities, the conference celebrated the successes of the DESD, analyzed the obstacles encountered and lessons learned. Examples of good practice from all over the world provided insights into viable approaches to ESD and helped to identify key areas for future action. The topics discussed at the conference were as following: “What have we achieved, what are the lessons learnt? How are sustainability challenges addressed through ESD? How does ESD reinforce quality education? What are the strategies for our common future?
In line with the activities of the Global Education Week, Institute of Sustainable Education and Career Support center at Daugavpils University has organized interactive workshops with the students on food security as a part of chain of other events within the Global Education week activities that are taking place in other European countries. A workshop took place on November 11, 2014 at Daugavpils University.
On November 8, 2014, within the frame of Science school activities organized by Daugavpils University, ISE in cooperation with The Career Support Centre has organized a workshop for school students about the opportunities of a teacher’s career choice. Institute of Sustainable Education has invited Master level students and Secondary school students from Daugavpils city and regional schools of Latgale to take part at Science school. The aim of the Science School is to provide secondary school students with the opportunity to learn more about science, University’s research environment and opportunities to continue their studies at Daugavpils University. Education at Daugavpils is a priority. This is an investment in the future of the society. There are 18 secondary educational institutions in Daugavpils; therefore Daugavpils is the city of students. The largest and oldest higher education is the Daugavpils University, which has also recently become a significant centre of science. University offers new opportunities for students and teachers each year.
On November 5, 2014, ISE and UNESCO staff members at Daugavpils University had organized an academic discussion with Dr. Daniel Fischer who is a senior research fellow at the UNESCO Chair in Higher Education for Sustainable Development at Leuphana University Lüneburg (Chairholder is Prof. Dr. Gerd Michelsen).
Asoc. Prof. Dzintra Ilisko has represented the Institute of Sustainable Education at Daugavpils University in the Erasmus funded project “University Educators for Sustainable Development” (UE4SD) in the Czech capital from October 1-3, 2014. This was the first time all 55 project partners have assembled in one location and discussed discuss progress on the project to date, results of the mapping exercise, project management and administration, hear the perspectives of representatives from all four regional hubs, and discuss next project stages and potential involvement in the CA Conference.
Institute invites to participate in the online forum that will take place on 8 - 19 September 2014. The forum is organized by International Task Force on Teachers for Education for All, United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, Education International, International Labor Organization, United Nations Fund for Children and United Nations Development Program. Access to education for all children, youth and adults is a fundamental human right and a lever of national and global development. The Task Force is holding a consultation on *teachers' professional development and working conditions via an online discussion forum. Input from this consultation will feed into the activities related to the 20th anniversary of World Teachers' Day. The International Task Force invites its members and other stakeholders in education to participate in this consultation, *from 8th to 19th September 2014*, through the open online forum available at http://www.teachersforefa.unesco.org/fora/
ISE in cooperation with Państwowa Wyższa Szkoła Zawodowa w Chełmie has organized the 12th edition of the annual international scientific conference of the Journal of Teacher Education for Sustainability (JTEFS) and Baltic and Black Sea Circle Consortium in Educational Research (BBCC) – a regional subsidiary of a global umbrella network by UNESCO on reorientation of teacher education to address sustainability.
In order to emphasise the importance of value education in sustainable development of society and facilitate developing of value system for sustainable development in preschool and primary school, Faculty of Education and Management and Institute of Sustainable Education (Daugavpils University) in cooperation with National Centre for Education organised scientific- practical conference “Value education in preschool and primary school based on competencies approach” which was held on May 14, 2014 in Daugavpils.
Continuing the cooperation between Institute of sustainable Education (Daugavpils University) and the professor Nicolas Clough (University of the West of England) from May 16-18, 2014 the professor conducted the course of lectures for the 1st year students of professional master program “Education” within the course “Theoretical basis of the chosen pedagogy sub-branch: environment and sustainable education”.
Asoc prof. of Institute of Sustainable Education Dzintra Iliško took part at UE4SD project meeting in Great Britain, the University of Gloucestershire (UK) from February 23 -25, 2014. The project is a new education initiative planned to shake up the way teaching and learning occurs at the university level to equip students with the skills needed to counter increasing social, economic and environmental inequalities.
On behalf of UNESCO Chair and Institute of Sustainable Education at Daugavpils University, we would like to invite you to participate in the annual 12th international JTEFS/BBCC conference “Sustainable Development. Culture. Education” that will be held in Chełm (Poland) on May 26 – 28, 2014. All are cordially invited to take part in action research. Research findings will be shared by the research participants in Poland at the 12th edition of the annual international scientific conference of the Journal of Teacher Education for Sustainability (JTEFS) and Baltic and Black Sea Circle Consortium in Educational Research (BBCC). For more information, visit http://bbcc.pwsz.chelm.pl and http://www.ise-lv.eu
All BBCC members and Institute’s partners are cordially invitited to take part in action research. Research findings will be shared by the research participants in Poland at the 12th edition of the annual international scientific conference of the Journal of Teacher Education for Sustainability (JTEFS) and Baltic and Black Sea Circle Consortium in Educational Research (BBCC), that will take place at State School of Higher Education in Chełm (Państwowa Wyższa Szkoła Zawodowa w Chełmie) from May 26 – 28, 2014.
On October 19, 2013 Institute of Sustainable Education has invited Master level students and Secondary school students from Daugavpils city and regional schools of Latgale to take part at Science school organized by Daugavpils University. The aim of the Science School is to provide secondary school students with the opportunity to learn more about science, University’s research environment and opportunities to continue their studies at Daugavpils University. This year high school students were provided space and the opportunity to discuss the sustainable lifestyle and their personal contribution to a common good of the Planet Earth.
From October 15 – until October 17, 2013, The Institute of Sustainable Education has welcomed two guest visitors Agnieszka Roguska and Urszula Tyluś from Siedlce University of Natural Sciences and Humanities in Poland. Guest visitors had an opportunity to meet Bachelor level “Teacher” students and to share their research on media education and on programs with children from the disadvantaged families. They had a meeting with the staff members of the Institute where they had shared their future prospectus on collaborative research. They have showed their interest in Institute’s researchers’ publications and have expressed their willingness to join the 12th edition of the annual international scientific conference of the Journal of Teacher Education for Sustainability (JTEFS) and Baltic and Black Sea Circle Consortium in Educational Research (BBCC) that will take place from May 26- 28, 2014, in Chełm, Poland.
2nd annoncement for the 12th international JTEFS/BBCC conference
Sustainable Development. Education . Culture Sustainable development and education for sustainable development in practice
We are proud to announce the 12th edition of the annual international scientific conference of the Journal of Teacher Education for Sustainability (JTEFS) and Baltic and Black Sea Circle Consortium in Educational Research (BBCC) – a regional subsidiary of a global umbrella network by UNESCO on reorientation of teacher education to address sustainability.
From September 6 to 7, 2013, University of Tallinn hosted the 9th seminar of Baltic and Nordic countries Comparative Research in Mathematics Education (NorBa) that gathered nine scientists from seven European countries.
The 13th European Congress of Psychology (ECP 2013) was held in Stockholm, Sweden on 9–12 July 2013 under the auspices of the European Federation of Psychologists’ Associations (EFPA).
From June 26 - 30, 2013, DU doctoral student Eugeniusz Świtała took part at APNME 8th Annual International Conference that took place in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. The conference was aimed to:
Institute of Sustainable Education continues to expand its cooperation network towards the East – a land of rich potential and vast opportunities. The first week of June was the culmination of a year’s worth of tireless effort – the 11th JTEFS/BBCC conference “Sustainable Development. Culture. Education” received its veteran participants from the BBCC network as well as welcomed new members of the growing BBCC family. The second decade of the conference began in Russia in the generally acclaimed Europe’s northern Venice, the legendary Saint-Petersburg. The responsibility for the organisation of this annual scientific forum was shared between the Institute of Sustainable Education and Saint‑Petersburg State University of Architecture and Civil Engineering (SPSUACE).
The idea to establish cooperation between the Institute of Sustainable Education (ISE) and State School of Higher Education in Chelm (SSHEC) was born in May 2012 when representatives of the two institutions met during the 10th JTEFS/BBCC conference in Savonlinna, Finland.
On 8 May 2013 the Institute of Sustainable Education (ISE) welcomed visitors from the University of Warmia and Mazury in Olsztyn, Poland. The delegation, whose trip to Daugavpils University was supported by Erasmus staff mobility framework, was led by the dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences, Professor Malgorzata Suswillo. The visitors discussed current educational issues with ISE staff and described the practice of teacher training at the Faculty of Social Sciences in their university. The prime asset of the University of Warmia and Mazury is its capacity to offer prospective educators an exceedingly broad spectrum of specialisation which includes early childhood education, social work, special education, rehabilitation and exceptional education as well as school pedagogy with elements of entrepreneurship. The research direction pursued by the faculty is tied to appraising the ways in which Polish education system raises to meet the complex challenges inherent in systemic, global changes of the modern times. ISE staff highlighted the orientation towards sustainability as a way in which education can be remodelled to respond to these transformations.
On 18-19 April 2013 Professor Ilga Salīte attended an international conference “Education for Sustainable Development in the Local Polycultural Education Area” which was hosted by Pskov State University in Russia. In acknowledgement of her renowned expertise in researching the sustainability of education, a formal invitation to deliver a keynote speech at the conference had been issued to Professor Salīte by the Faculty of Education and Social Technologies of the host university and endorsed by its rector.
On 17-18 April 2013, SWEDESD network celebrated another episode in the series of efforts spearheaded by this organisation to promote education for sustainable development across Scandinavia and the Baltics. In close association with the Embassy of Sweden (spokesperson Ms Gaļina Aizvakara) and the Centre for Sustainable Business at Stockholm School of Economics in Riga (delegate Ms Maija Kāle), SWEDESD hosted a seminar on education for sustainable development to a cohort of fifty stakeholders that included teachers of all subject areas and school administrators from all regions of Latvia. The Institute of Sustainable Education (ISE) was represented by its director associate professor Dzintra Iliško who shared the institute’s expertise with the educators present.
The highlight of the weekend of 23-24 March 2013 at Daugavpils University was first-year Master students of education (programme director ISE researcher Eridiana Oļehnoviča) having their second intensive learning session in the study course “Theoretical foundations of environmental and sustainable education” delivered by guest lecturer Dr Nick Clough from Bristol, UK.
On 14 March 2013 Institute of Sustainable Education (ISE) was proud to host an academic discussion with delegates from College Capital Blaagaard-KDAS in Denmark. Associate professors Eva Roenn, Birgitte Henriksen and Helge Kastrup’s visit to Daugavpils University (DU) was financially supported by ERASMUS Lifelong Learning Programme.
Institute of Sustainable Education in cooperation with the Centre for Sustainable Business at SSE Riga invited teachers and other educational staff to attend the conference “Education for sustainable development” which was held, for the first time in the Baltics, on 21 and 22 February in Riga. The objective of the conference was to promote debate on how to efficiently integrate the principles of sustainable development in the content of training of educational curricula.
During 5-8 February 2013, the Institute of Sustainable Education was represented at the 5th World Conference on Educational Sciences. The fifth edition of this landmark scientific forum was held in Sapienza University of Rome, Italy. Ever since its inception in 2009, the conference aims to bring together educational researchers, administrators, teachers and other experts as well as graduate students and NGO representatives to discuss pressing educational concerns and share their insights on ways to spearhead new developments in the field.
Crucially, discussions at conferences such as this, however valuable in terms of lessons learned for direct participants, cannot remain just that. A follow-up with a broader outreach is a vital component in the life-cycle of any conference so that key insights arrived at can be communicated to stakeholders beyond immediate attendees.
In the course of her academic career, Professor Ilga Salīte has displayed outstanding achievement in science. Her invaluable contribution to the researching and advancement of teacher education and education for sustainable development both in Latvia and abroad has long gained global recognition.
On 25-27 November 2012 Kaunas Technological University hosted a partners' meeting in the project "Synergetic approach with eLearning, TV and mobile technologies to promote new business developments", shortly known as eBig3. Institute of Sustainable Education (ISE) implements this project jointly with Riga Technical University (lead partner), Liepaja University, Latvia University of Agriculture, Kaunas Technological University, Siauliai University and Utena Labour Market Training Centre. The project is funded by Latvian-Lithuanian cross-border cooperation programme 2007-2013. It aims to promote technologically facilitated learning that would contribute to the development of entrepreneurship in the Latvia-Lithuania borderland. The unique input of the project is tapping into the complementarity of computer-assisted e-learning with TV and mobile communication technologies. Thus, the project suggests an innovative solution to the challenge of learner recruitment and subsequent retention which is often evident in high dropout rates in traditionally implemented e-learning courses.
BBCC president professor Ilga Salīte and director of the Institute of Sustainable Education (ISE) associate professor Dzintra Iliško participated in the 3rd international conference "Baltic Sea Strategy: Regional Co-operation, Tourism and Cross-Sectoral Initiatives for Sustainable Development of the Baltic Region" held on 22-23 November in Riga, Latvia.
During 13-15 November 2012 professor Ilga Salīte visited the Qatari capital city of Doha to participate in the World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE 2012). Vice-President of Education of the Qatar Foundation, His Excellency Sheikh Abdulla bin Ali Al-Thani, PhD, had extended a personal invitation to professor Salīte to attend the global educational forum in her capacity of the president of BBCC (Baltic and Black Sea Circle Consortium in Educational Research).
On 7 November 2012 Institute of Sustainable Education (ISE) welcomed a group of faculty from Siedlce University of Natural Science and Humanities in Poland, Siedlce. The Polish delegation was made up by representatives from the University's Institute of Pedagogy (Faculty of Humanities): Dr Ewa Brodacka-Adamowicz, Dr Alicja Antas, Dr Sergiy Nikitin and Dr Beata Trebicka-Postrzygacz.
We are proud to announce the beginning of online registration for the 11th international conference "Sustainable Development. Culture. Education" organised by Journal of Teacher Education for Sustainability (JTEFS) (http://versita.com/science/education/jtes/) and Baltic and Black sea Circle Consortium in educational research (BBCC) (www.ise-lv.eu). All those willing to participate in this educational forum, which every year aims to bring together researchers and practitioners dedicated to making the vision of United Nations Decade of Education for Sustainable Development 2005-2014 a reality, are welcome to submit their online registration proposals on conference website http://young-mind.ru/en/reg.php Registration and abstract submission will be open till 15 January 2012.
Recently director of the Institute of Sustainable Education (ISE) associate professor PhD Dzintra Iliško and professor Dr.paed. Ilga Salīte attended the global SWEDESD conference "The power of ESD: Exploring evidence and promise", which was held in Visby (Sweden) on 24th-26th October 2012. The forum brought together practitioners of formal, non-formal and informal education, researchers of education for sustainable development (ESD) and policy makers from all parts of the world. The participants represented the Baltic Sea region (Sweden, Finland, Germany, the Netherlands, Denmark, Norway, Latvia, Estonia, Lithuania, Poland, Russia, Belarus) as well as more distant countries such as Switzerland, France, Austria, Ukraine, Australia, Canada, Jamaica, Mexico, India, Malaysia, South Korea, Vietnam, Nepal, Mauritius, South Africa, Kenya, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Bangladesh, Afghanistan, Uganda and Nigeria. The conference was structured in 24 seminars and 10 workgroups, and provided a valuable opportunity for all in attendance to discuss key issues in educational research and practice, evaluate transformations in educational policy and review current changes in education directed towards its orientation to sustainable development.
This year, the end of October is a busy and exciting period at Daugavpils University - it is the week of the 7th annual Science Fair. As always, Institute of Sustainable Education (ISE) takes active participation in the various Science Fair events which, this time, run under the umbrella topic of Energy. Most notably, on November 29 ISE hosted an interactive presentation session "The energy of sustainable values in international projects: Green spiritual energy and collaborative energy efficiency". During the session, all those in attendance could learn about the experience of ISE staff in the management of and participation in a number of international projects that seek to bring together inspiration, innovation and initiative from both near and far to search for sustainable solutions to issues of immediate concern for individuals, communities and ecosystems.
On October 17, 2012, within the UNESCO week the Institute of Sustainable Education was invited to share its vision and experience and participate in the presentation of UNESCO report on global monitoring 2012 „Youth and Skills" which was combined with reporting on the progress in reaching the goals of "Education for All" that were set forth at the Dakar forum in 2000.
On October 3-4, 2012 the Institute of Sustainable Education (Daugavpils University) attended the partner seminar within the Latvia-Lithuania cross-border cooperation programme (2007-2013) project "Synergetic approach with eLearning, TV and mobile Technologies to promote new business developments - eBig3" which was held in Siauliai (Lithuania). The project is lead by Riga Technical University and it involves six universities from Latvia and Lithuania as well as a labour market training centre.
Professor of the Institute of Sustainable Education Ms Ilga Salīte attended a European experts’ conference on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) which was held at the University of Bern (Switzerland) on 3-4 September 2012. The conference was focused on analysing indicators for ESD.
In the middle of June 2012 Daugavpils University had the pleasure to host a meeting of seven educational institutions from Latvia and Lithuania who for the second year running cooperate within the project "Synergetic approach with eLearning, TV and mobile technologies to promote new business developments", also known as eBig3. The project builds on three complementary, technologically-grounded ways of learning: (1) eLearning via computer and/or Internet, (2) tLearning via television and (3) mLearning via mobile devices. An integration of these three modes of learning in an innovative cross-media learning system will support already familiar Interned-based learning solutions.
We are proud to announce the 11th international conference "Sustainable Development. Culture. Education" of JTEFS/BBCC (Journal of Teacher Education for Sustainability /Baltic and Black Sea Circle Consortium in Educational Research) and UNESCO Network on Reorienting Teacher Education to Address Sustainability.
The first week of June was marked at the Institute of Sustainable Education by a visit from Dr Dasha Bargova representing the Faculty of Pedagogy (Civic Education Department) of Comenius University in Bratislava (Slovakia).