On August 29 Fayoum University opened its Center of Excellence for Education for Sustainable Development to the public. The opening was attended by the President of the University as well as by a number of university staff and teachers.
The week after, the center received its first batch of trainees for a comprehensive 5-day training. This training presented the Pilot Implementation of the EduCamp Training Programme at Fayoum University and was attended by a total of 25 teachers from two different schools.
On the first day, the trainees were introduced to the Educamp Project, Education for Sustainable Development, the challenges and the opportunities in the Egyptian educational system and the innovative methodologies. The teachers showed enthusiasm to the objectives of the project. They considered ESD an urgent need which takes into consideration the environmental, social, economic, and cultural dimensions and therefore connects students better with their environment and society on the local and the global level.
In the following days, the teachers implemented a number of activities and were impressed of how the new and interactive methodologies can help them in teaching the current curriculum and at the same time create a new generation of sustainable citizens. From the first day of the training, the teachers showed interest in the issues and dimensions of Education for Sustainable Development and they expressed this to the directors of their schools, who attended the last two days of the training as they were interested to see why the teachers were so impressed and enthusiastic about the training.
By the end of the training the teachers were highly motivated to be transform agents to serve not only the local community but also humanity as a whole to preserve the natural resources for the future generations. Furthermore, the teachers asked for the continuous communication with the Centre of Excellence to exchange experiences and consultations. They also recommended increasing the number of the training days.
The Pilot Implementation training is only the first step on a long way towards more efforts to raise awareness which fosters the necessity of the sustainable usage of Energy, Water and all other natural resources as well as respecting the cultural differences and enhancing the principles of democracy, citizenship and equality.