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The challenge of sustainabilityLinking politics, education and learning$
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Hugh Atkinson and Ros Wade

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9781447306467

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447306467.001.0001

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Regional centres of expertise as mobilising mechanisms for education for sustainable development

Regional centres of expertise as mobilising mechanisms for education for sustainable development

Chapter:
(p.181) Eight Regional centres of expertise as mobilising mechanisms for education for sustainable development
Source:
The challenge of sustainability
Author(s):

Roger A. Petry

Lyle M. Benko

Takaaki Koganezawa

Tomonori Ichinose

Mary Otieno

Ros Wade

Publisher:
Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447306467.003.0008

Chapter Eight presents three case studies of regional centres for expertise (RCEs) in ESD. RCEs were set up to achieve the aspirations of the UN Decade for Sustainable Development (DESD), 2005–14, and to help create a global learning space for sustainable development. An RCE is a network of formal, informal and non-formal organisations mobilised to act as a catalyst for the delivery of ESD. Although sharing common aims, RCEs have a considerable degree of autonomy and are able to determine their own particular priorities based on local circumstances.The three case studies are: RCE Saskatchewan, Canada; RCE Greater Sendai, Japan; and RCE Greater Nairobi, Kenya. These RCEs have all grown up organically and have been developed by a variety of social actors and stakeholders in their respective regions. They all have different focuses and have responded in different ways to the challenges of sustainability. This is a good example of subsidiarity in terms of ESD policymaking and practice. The case studies are framed within the context of civil society organisations and social movements, with an analysis of the impact and effectiveness of RCEs as agents for change.

Keywords:   regional centres for expertise, education for sustainable development, policy and practice, learning, global learning space, cross sectoral, transdisciplinary, communities of practice

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