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  • Submitted by: Higher Education Sustainability Initiative (HESI)
  • Topic: Education
  • Keywords: education
  • Location: Sendai, Japan
  • Date of completion: 2015
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Deliverables & Resources
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  • This voluntary initiative came from Higher Education Sustainability Initiative
Dean
Signatory/Dean
Kazuyuki Mikami – President
Miyagi University of Education

Partner(s)

Miyagi University of Education

Description/achievement of initiative

In the period 2012-2015, we will continue efforts already underway.

Implementation methodologies

MUE is making efforts to fulfill our mission on teacher training as a member of university of the UNESCO Associated Schools Project Network (ASPnet). Undergraduate Level, our university promotes the curriculum of ESD called Modern Task Subjects and settled the Environmental Education as a compulsory subject.

ESD (Education for Sustainable Development) Rice Project - Regional Initiative for Cooperation for ESD Promotion through rice is a new flagship project of ESD co-learning, collaboration and networking where schools and communities in the Asia-Pacific gather under the theme of rice.

Miyagi University of Education acts as the Secretariat of the Greater Sendai Area ESD Project, which was certified for the first time in the world as a Regional Center for Expertise (RCE) of the United Nations University to promote ESD.

June 2005, the United Nations University RCE Promotion Committee was set up in Miyagi University of Education, and at the same time, the activities of the Greater Sendai Area with Miyagi University of Education as the axis of cooperation were acknowledged first in the world (Initial Seven) as one of the regional centers for promoting ESD (RCE) by United Nations University.

1.Teach sustainable development concepts:Miyagi University of Education (MUE) is the institution for teacher training. MUE developed into the education for sustainable development (ESD) through cooperation with the local community. MUE is making efforts to fulfill our mission on teacher training as a member of university of the UNESCO Associated Schools Project Network (ASPnet). Undergraduate Level, our university promotes the curriculum of ESD called “Modern Task Subjects” and settled the Environmental Education as a compulsory subject. The modern task subjects are established for the purpose of cultivating a secondary specialty (expertise) in addition to the specialty of primary courses/majors by learning the contents that do not fit in the conventional subjects and academic domains while still being demanded in the field of education. MUE established modern task subject groups (sub-major) to cultivate skills to tackle the many tasks facing modern society today.

2. Encourage research on sustainable development issues: ESD (Education for Sustainable Development) Rice Project – “Regional Initiative for Cooperation for ESD Promotion through rice” is a new flagship project of ESD co-learning, collaboration and networking where schools and communities in the Asia-Pacific gather under the theme of “rice”. It aims to contribute to further promote and improve the quality of ESD, and to build a foundation of Asia-Pacific regional network in action and constant learning to work for a sustainable development. Explore the learning field and partners of schools. MUE is the main promoter of this project.

3. Green our campuses: The Aobayama campus of Miyagi University of Education is surrounded by Aobayama Mountain overlooking Sendai city. Salamanders' egg laying and Katakuri flowers herald the arrival of spring in a corner of the campus, and it is not unusual for wild animals such as Japanese antelopes to appear in this place. Greenery grows thick in summer, and the land is covered with snow in winter. Without going against such natural forces, it is hoped to create a campus applying the beauty and the forces of nature. With the campus museum, we work on developing teaching materials applying natural resources inside campus, and use them for our teacher training.

4. Support sustainability efforts in the communities in which we reside: Miyagi University of Education acts as the Secretariat of the Greater Sendai Area ESD Project, which was certified for the first time in the world as a Regional Center for Expertise (RCE) of the United Nations University to promote ESD.

1) Sendai City is conducting mainly environmental education/learning, aiming at a recycle-based society.

2) Kesennuma City is promoting the practice of classes of environmental education and education for international understanding in collaboration with elementary schools, junior high schools, and high schools.

3) The Osaki/Tajiri Area is promoting sustainable agriculture and environmental education in the Kabukuri wetlands registered as a wetland designated by the Ramsar Convention.

4) The Shiroishi/Shichikashuku Area is working on the preservation of Satoyama that is a water source area.

5. Engage with and share results through international frameworks: June 2005, the United Nations University RCE Promotion Committee was set up in Miyagi University of Education, and at the same time, the activities of the Greater Sendai Area with Miyagi University of Education as the axis of cooperation were acknowledged first in the world (Initial Seven) as one of the regional centers for promoting ESD (RCE) by United Nations University. The Greater Sendai Area was expanded from three areas and one university to four areas and one university in October 2008.To promote the regional cooperation without eliminating the characteristics of each area, it will be a challenge to develop common awareness of ESD by collaborative activities. The current regional cooperation of the Greater Sendai Area is a peaceful information exchange network where each area has one or two specialties. For the next several years, each area will introduce the know-how of their specialties to other areas, making ESD activities in each area comprehensive while considering the situation of each area.

Deliverables
Deliverable Date
ESD (Education for Sustainable Development) Rice Project 2015
Modern Task Subjects 2015
Resources
Type Details
Staff / Technical expertise Expertise of students and staff concerning sustainable development
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