The Dais Foundation

Education For Sustainable Development



Sustainable Development Goals -SDG's

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), officially known as transforming our world: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is a set of 17 "Global Goals" with 169 targets between them. Spearheaded by the United Nations through a deliberative process involving its 193 Member States, as well as global civil society, the goals are contained in paragraph 54 United Nations Resolution A/RES/70/1 of 25 September 2015. The Resolution is a broader intergovernmental agreement that acts as the Post 2015 Development Agenda (successor to the Millennium Development Goals). The SDGs build on the Principles agreed upon under Resolution A/RES/66/288, popularly known as The Future We Want. It is a non-binding document released as a result of Rio+20 Conference held in 2012 in Rio de Janeiro in Brazil.The SDGs were in large measure informed by the often quoted assertion by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon that "we don’t have plan B because there is no planet".
The Dais Foundation Education for Sustainable Development Program shall focus on interventions, engagements and partnerships with youth, educational institutions, government, non-government organizations and senior academicians, activists and movements to achieve maximize in achievement of Sustainable Development Goals.







Premise


Education is the training and orientation to understand, survive in and contribute to the environment and society. From Plato’s Academy to Government Schools in 2017, the idea of education has largely remained the same with ever evolving methods, focus, diversity and means. Sadly, one more thing, which has remained unchanged, is the inequality in access to education. Much progress has been made in the education ‘industry’ but the benefits of the same have not reached the masses. The existence of this inequality is not a new phenomenon however there is a reason we are trying to address this issue with urgency. The world that we live in has seen several transformations over millenniums however with unplanned, visionless and inequitable economic growth, urbanization and commerce has led us to a severely degraded environment, extreme and widespread poverty and every evil which emerges out of it. The socio-cultural evolution of the society has also mostly been oppressive against one gender and has led to discrimination, violence and oppression of women regardless of region and socio-economic backgrounds (with certain exceptions).

The world has never been so polarized and complex with terrorism and extremism and war forsaking a national character and instead embracing deeper social identities. Violence can no longer be isolated to war zones and a larger distrust and division has weakened the thread of harmony and mutual peaceful inhabitation of this wonderful life giving planet earth.




Need for Collective Action

The need for action to address issues such as Climate Change has been recognized for a long time. We can see examples of individual action in various textbooks, ‘Please switch off the lights before leaving’, ‘Please segregate the garbage before disposal’.

However, with polar icecaps melting, rampant increase in violence against women and alarmingly high poverty, we can no longer salvage a sustained life on earth and with each other through individual action. It is easy to argue that if we increase individual action at large, we can definitely make a great impact. However collective action is not just a field intervention by majority but also addresses institutional, structural, ethical and lifestyle choices of the society. Coordinated action with mass numbers driven to cause fundamental, structural and institutional changes through policy, law, norms and individual action. Our fates as nations and individuals have become intertwined and omissions and negative actions from one set can derail the positive efforts of others leading to a vicious cycle of self-interest leading to an accelerated destruction of our life.





Changing Education Context

Most of our world leaders have been educated in an era of education focused on fundamental knowledge with less application. As a result, they have failed to address the needs of a rapidly changing world. Global warming, Poverty, Wars, Extremism has been the legacy of this education system. Our leader, however, have agreed to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals and have acknowledged the importance of Youth in achieving them

The Dais Foundation – Education for Sustainable Development Program focuses on Critical Thinking, Logic, Empathy and awareness and empowerment on addressing local and global issues for every student. This empowerment will only contribute to their career growth and that of the society in a sustainable, equitable and peaceful manner.



Methods

1. Awareness Campaigns on Sustainable Development Goals through Partnership with NGOs, College Societies, Conferences, Festivals.
2. Awareness and Activism Workshops with students on Sustainable Development.
3. Partnership with Conferences to put Sustainable Development as the agenda for youth and educational institutions.



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