The Sustainability Frontiers story so far

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Following three months of discussion on the nature of the proposed organization, Sustainability Frontiers applied to become a not-for-profit UK Community Interest Company [CIC] in November 2009.  Companies House, Cardiff, issued a Certificate of Incorporation on 5 November 2009 (Company No: 7067984).

Canadian members of Sustainability Frontiers achieved not-for-profit status by Letters Patent from Corporations Canada dated 11 February 2010 (Corporations Canada file number: 455081-1).

After a few months of organizational and website development, Sustainability Frontiers undertook its first consultancy from June to end-October 2010: an evaluation of the 2008-11 all-Ireland Building Capacity in Development Education project.

In March 2011 Sustainability Frontiers began an important series of consultancies for UNESCO, UNICEF and other international organizations.  From March to June 2011 Fumiyo Kagawa and David Selby undertook a UNESCO consultancy to develop and write a one-week (six-day) teacher education professional development program on Climate Change Education or Sustainable Development (CCESD).  The program, Climate Change in the Classroom, now enjoys worldwide availability and take-up.  The CCESD consultancy was followed by a September to December 2011 consultancy to the joint UNESCO/UNICEF Mapping of Global Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) Integration into Education Curricula initiative.  The outcome, Disaster Risk Reduction in School Curricula: Case Studies from Thirty Countries, was published in 2012 by UNICEF/UNESCO.  On the strength of this work, Fumiyo and David were invited to conduct an April to August 2012 consultancy for UNESCO/UNICEF to develop a Technical Guidance Tool on the Integration of Disaster Risk Reduction into School Curricula.  The outcome, Towards a Learning Culture of Safety and Resilience: Technical Guidance on DRR in School Curricula is to be co-jointly published by UNESCO and UNICEF in 2013 after pilot testing in several countries in four pilot regions.

Other consultancies for international organizations have included: two dovetailed Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Education consultancies, March to May 2012, for Save the Children Australia in Vanuatu; Safe School Research in Cambodia, China and Indonesia for Plan International Asia Regional Office, September 2012 to February 2013.

From 1 May 2011 until 31 May 2013 Sustainability Frontiers has been engaged in a Climate Justice Activity File project.

This project forms part of two larger ongoing and related developments: the production of a teacher handbook on climate change education and the production of a manual of internationally noteworthy case study accounts of formal, informal and non-formal climate change education in action.

Members of Sustainability Frontiers have also been busily and very productively engaged in writing booksarticles and book chapters and evaluation and technical reports

They have also presented at a range of key international events such as those organized by the World Summit on Innovation in Education (WISE), the Partnership for Education and Research about Responsible Living (PERL), the Global Risk Forum and the Aga Khan University Institute for Educational Development (AKE-IED).  Details of presentations given, workshops facilitated, and other engagements can be read at News and Archive.

Sustainability Frontiers has also reached out to like-minded educators and organizations with a view to collaboration and partnership.  Approaches from those who would like to work with us and/or become Associate Members are very much welcomed.

It has been a productive first forty months!

[Last updated 14 March 2013]

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