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RCE-Barcelona - Presentation
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Presentation
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The United Nations are promoting a Decade for Education for Sustainable Development (2005-2014), with the overall aim of integrating the values of sustainability in all aspects of learning. A key objective of the Decade is to develop the competencies required to create a more sustainable and just society for all parts of the world. RCE Barcelona is a Regional Centre for Expertise in Education for Sustainable Development recognized by the University of the United Nations as part of the global network of RCE.

Vision and Mission
RCE Barcelona's vision is that organizations from diverse sectors and individuals of all ages, vocations and cultures have the knowledge, skills and values to be able to act sustainability, as individuals and collectively.

RCE Barcelona's mission is to facilitate the integration of sustainability in formal and informal education in the area of influence of its founding members, via innovative learning techniques, the dissemination of inspiring practice, and connecting people and organizations of diverse backgrounds working in education for sustainability, as well as sharing experiences with other RCEs.

Objectives
  • Promote education of people and organisations to contribute to sustainability
  • Inspire innovation in learning for sustainable development through the generation and dissemination of a new knowledge culture
  • Facilitate social dialogue and the connection of active actors in Education for Sustainable Development

 

Global Strategy

RCE Barcelona was recognized as a Regional Centre for Expertise by the University of the United Nations in June 2005. During 2006 relationships were established with the founding partners, an action plan developed and projects initiated. The key objective for 2007 is to establish sources of funding, the governance structure and relationships with members, thus starting the second phase of the initiative as outlined below:
 
  • Phase 1 (2005-2006): Sign agreements with University of the United Nations, build relationships with members of the network, design action plan and initiate projects
  • Phase 2 (2007- 2010): Consolidate finance structure, internacional relations, programmes, dissemination and evaluation, launch magazine Education and Sustainability
  • Phase 3: (2010-2014): Consolidate programmes, dissemination and communiation and evaluation.

 

RCE Barcelona targets activities at the following two key sectors:
 
  • Education: Individuals with the capacity for leadership in the formal and non-formal education sector (e.g University rectors, education institution directors, museums, directors of human resources in businesses etc.)
  • Sustainability: individuals working towards sustainability in different sectors (e.g. CSR managers, NGO directors, public administration working in Agenda 21 and similar)
 
Working principles
RCE Barcelona aims to integrate the following concepts into all of its activities, from the selection of projects and members to the management and communication of activities and resources:
 
Diversity in participation
  • Work with organisations that target learning activities to people of different ages, cultures and vocations
  • Promote the interaction of different sectors and types of organisation

 

Coherence between different levels of education
  • Promote communication and coordination in sustainability education across different levels of education (from primary to university)

 

Connect different actors working in education for sustainability
  • Work with organisations that have the capacity to work in networks and different sectors
  • Share experiences and learn from RCEs in other parts of the world

 

Complement existing activities
  • Build on existing activities of the networks and organisations already contributing towards education for sustainability
  • Use existing communication and dissemination channels
  • Coordinate activities with existing initiatives and platforms

 

Knowledge transfer
  • Interact with other regions active in Education for Sustainability
  • Act as a catalyst for new and innovative techniques and pedagogy for Education for Sustainability

 

Transparency, efficiency and evaluation
  • Ensure transparency, evaluation and efficiency in all activities and in the management of resources
  • Encourage opportunities for self, peer and group evaluation of activities and people involved in carrying them out
 
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