Education for Sustainability Confluence
Education for Sustainability Confluence
Timings: 08.30am to 04.00pm
Introduction (Creating the future today)
It is widely held and accepted that in an ecologically imperiled time, education that is ecologically sensitive is essential. The present education system has focused on churning out graduates that can be assimilated seamlessly into the corporate system. The methods and modes of learning are all focused on creating loyal followers of the present capitalist system. And we all realise that this system of education isn’t compatible with the future of our planet. Not only is such an education system not sustainable at the planetary level, it in fact isn’t even sustainable for the capitalist system.
Every year lakhs and lakhs graduate out of various professional colleges without the slightest inkling of the issues that we face as a society. To top that, most of these graduates are considered unhirable by the system itself. This has led to the creation of a large percentage of young India being unworthy of employment in the capitalist system. In addition, they are also estranged from ecology and environment. Quite often even if the youth are asking questions as to what is education for, there aren't many spaces available, to raise them.
In this context, there is an urgent need to look at making education more focussed on issues related to sustainability. The need to make learning more place based, experiential and tuned in with real life issues. There are many institutions around the world like Schumacher College, World Peace University, Swaraj University, Bhoomi College, Azim Premji University, ATREE and initiatives like AIKYAM, The Blue Ribbon Movement and others that are trying in both mainstream and alternative ways to make education more ecological, contextual and holistic.
The Education for Sustainability Confluence will endeavour to bring together educational institutions both in the mainstream and alternative space to share experiences and learnings of trying to make education more holistic.
The objective of the confluence is to create awareness about the various opportunities that young graduates can look at exploring in the area of sustainability. These courses could be short term courses, one year PG diplomas or two year programmes on ecology, development or holistic education.
Partners and Collaborators
Bhoomi College would be partnering with Aikyam Community and The Blue Ribbon Movement for the confluence. Sandeep Anirudhan, founder at Aikyam, has been working tirelessly for the past 3 years to create eco-consciousness in Bangalore by building and fostering a community that makes Earth friendly decisions as consumers and citizens. Abhishek Thakore, co-founder at The Blue Ribbon Movement has been working to nurture and create social leaders.
We are keen to have participation from ATREE, APU, IIM-B, Christ University, St.Joseph’s College and Jyothi Nivas College. We hope to bring together their experiences of balancing the needs of a mainstream education framework with the necessity of tweaking it to make it more contextual and relevant to the ecological crises that we face.
The confluence would be designed to create concurrent spaces for partners and collaborators to share their experiences of working in the space of education and focus on how we can raise awareness around courses on sustainability and education. There would also be informal presentations and sharing sessions for parents and students alike to delve deeper into the wide range of opportunities available in the sustainability education space.
- Provide a platform for partners and collaborators working in the education for sustainability space to engage with young graduates, parents, educators and other stakeholders and promote their courses.
- To create a dialogue around what is lacking in the present education system and how do we envision education for a sustainable future.
- Disseminate resources on various courses and vocations available to young graduates, parents and educators alike.
- Provide a space where the mainstream meets the alternative in the field of higher education.