Internet notebook about my work: deep listening to facilitate positive change


Wednesday 26 March 2008

Strategies to mainstream biodiversity into non-formal learning

CBD Parties can use a range of strategies to mainstream biodiversity into learning in non-formal contexts. In our UNESCO-CBD workshop we came up with three. A first strategy is to support non-formal learning providers and direct their activities toward biodiversity education (BD) by providing professional development in BD outreach; funds to orient their programs to BD; templates for materials with BD messages, such as exhibits, posters, flyers for public spaces, libraries, museums, zoos; booklets for literacy programs; networking opportunities to share ideas nationally and internationally.
A second strategy aims at intermediaries, e.g. engage universities and researchers in understanding how to evaluate and improve non-formal learning for biodiversity and sustainable development (SD); design campaigns with non-formal providers to support adult lifestyle change toward more sustainable behaviors; help non-formal providers listen to all voices (including indigenous and minority people) and engage all stakeholders in designing educational programs.
A third strategy aims at participation by sectors or the public, e.g. seek support from non-environmental non-formal providers, such as the private sector, media and entertainment industries by challenging them to address BD and SD concepts; engage relevant professions in creating solutions to BD and SD challenges with contests, awards, and publicity; engage the public in critical reflection of lifestyle and consumption choices by working through faith-based groups, women’s groups, civic groups, local communities, neighborhood associations, and extension programs.

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