AFRICA SCIENCE DIPLOMACY EDUCATION AND TRAINING FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME (SD-E&T)

AFRICA SCIENCE DIPLOMACY EDUCATION AND TRAINING FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT (SD & ET)

“Knowledge is power. Information is liberating. Education is the premise of progress, in every society, in every family.”


Kofi Atta Annan, former United Nations Secretary General

Programme Description

The Africa Science Diplomacy Education and Training for Sustainable Development is a long term policy framework to address Africa’s most pressing challenges. It is the initiative of the Africa Science Diplomacy and Policy Network (ASDPN), to strengthen Science Diplomacy education and training and develop an action plan for Africa, that covers formal and non-formal education, capacity building and information networking components, among others, and to explicitly include a focus on Science and Technology enhanced learning towards achieving the United Nations Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development. This is justified by the fact that Africa continues to grapple with a myriad of threats and challenges that range from environment, health, agriculture, conflicts among others which can be addressed if there is proper education and training on Science Diplomacy for Sustainable Development at all levels.

Objective

The main objective of the Africa Science Diplomacy Education and Training programme is to raise community awareness on science and diplomacy towards Sustainable Development in Africa, while at the same time training and enhancing community education on Science and Diplomacy, through various formal education, training, lifelong learning and capacity building programmes and projects envisaged to fundamentally improve health care, agriculture, environment, science, as well as the societal and economic state of Africa for the benefit of the people of Africa and closely aligning these actions with the African Union Agenda 2063 and the United Nations Programmes on the Sustainable Development Goals.

Gender

The Africa Science Diplomacy and Policy Network (ASDPN) will at all times and across all social levels work vigorously to ensure that gender issues are taken in to consideration when conceiving, examining, developing and implementing Science Diplomacy Education and Training for Sustainable Development in the continent.

Outcomes

  • There will be advancement in the integration of Science Diplomacy Education and Training (SD-E&T) for both men and women, especially within the formal education, training sectors and systems towards Sustainable Development.
  • There will be an increase in innovative and diverse research related to SD-E&T and Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) in all African countries through strong involvement of African Ministries of Education, Ministries of Foreign Affairs, Ministries of Science and Technology, Universities, and research support institutions and organizations.
  • Schools, universities and training centers (NGO training centers) will become important centers for the training of country science diplomats for absorption by African governments in to their diplomatic foreign offices.
  • There will be effective and continuous regional exchange of knowledge, skills, experience, expertise and best practices via effective ICT platforms and channels and through the building and strengthening of ASDPN national and regional networks for the advancement of Science Diplomacy towards Sustainable Development.
  • Civil society in all sub-regions in Africa will be effectively engaged in the development of Science Diplomacy Education and Training nationally and regionally especially in non formal and social learning contexts of all major groups as defined under Agenda 21 of the Earth Summit, that is Children, Youth, Women, the Scientific and Technology community, Non-Governmental Organizations, Workers, Trade Unions, Farmers, Indigenous Peoples and their Communities.
  • The public and private sector will increase its support and involvement in national and regional Science Diplomacy Education and Training (SD-E&T) initiatives and programmes in support of the overall sustainable development of the African continent, based on the 2015 agreed upon Sustainable Development Goals and the objectives of African Union Agenda 2063.
  • Community involvement and participation in Science Diplomacy Education and Training (SD-E&T) will significantly increase through the support of the Africa Science Diplomacy and Policy Network, thus enhancing indigenous knowledge in Science Diplomacy and Sustainable Development towards building strong and Sustainable communities.
  • There will be increased capacity and opportunities for women and youths from all sub-regions in Africa to take leadership roles in the sustainable development of their countries and societies.
  • There will be an increase in networking and collaborative partnerships supporting and utilizing Science Diplomacy education and training for advancing sustainable development on the African continent, between all sub-regions, sectors and at multiple levels
  • There will be a range of practice-centered outcomes through critical, action-centered and applied approaches to Science Diplomacy education and training that strengthen engagement in Sustainable Development while upholding scientific best practices across Africa.
  • There will be strong monitoring, evaluation and reporting mechanisms in place for S-DE&T within the framework of Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) in each of the sub-regions of Africa

More information

For further information on the Africa Science Diplomacy Education and Training for Sustainable Development Programme, ASDPN invites you to write to us: info@asdpn.org and we will gladly share more with you.

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