RCE Saskatchewan Invitation and Website Upgrade

RCE Saskatchewan Members and Supporters:

This posting is to notify you of two opportunities outlined below:
(1) an invitation to share information about Education for Sustainable
Development (ESD) projects and research occurring in our region at a
global level through the UN University RCE network; and
(2) to provide information regarding the recent upgrade of our RCE
Saskatchewan website (www.zebra.anatexis.net)

(1) Invitation to Share ESD Information:

Our Regional Centre of Expertise on Education for Sustainable
Development in Saskatchewan (RCE Saskatchewan) will be participating in
the upcoming International RCE Conference in Penang Malaysia on August
7-8, 2007. As part of this participation, we have been invited to
provide a report on some of our local Education for Sustainable
Development (ESD) activities occurring in our region as well as specific
RCE led activities. As this activity report will be submitted to all 35
RCEs as well as UN University officials and posted on the UNU RCE site,
I believe this is a wonderful opportunity to globally showcase some of
our ESD activities. While we have only just received our formal
recognition in March, I know that many of you have already been working
on significant ESD projects or are planning new ones in the near future.

The reporting format allows us to include 2 types of reports:
(1) A brief description of activities conducted in the last year and
planned activities
(2) Description of flagship projects

At the end of this e-mail I will append the fuller description of these
two options that outlines the desired format. With respect to the first,
we are only needing short descriptions (in my view you may want to
include brief contact information, e.g. project contact person and
e-mail to facilitate networking).

In order to accommodate the deadlines for the UN University submission,
we need to receive all materials you would like to submit by Tuesday,
July 24. Please e-mail these to the RCE Facilitation Group Secretary,
Jennifer Fix at:

jennifer.fix@gmail.com

Also, if you remember to do so, please cc. Lyle Benko and myself on the
e-mail:

Lyle.Benko@Sasktel.net
roger.petry@uregina.ca

(2) RCE Saskatchewan Website Information:

As well, our doctoral student working with the RCE Technology Group, Tim
Maciag, has done a wonderful job upgrading the RCE Saskatchewan website
--please take a look (www.zebra.anatexis.net). Now that we have moved to the
upgraded site, you may want to subscribe as users and members of
specific working groups if you haven't already done so. This is
important to allow for ongoing involvement in our regional networking
and to keep informed of activities and events in your areas of interest.
The six ESD issue working groups are:

Climate Change
Health and Healthy Lifestyles
Farming and Local Food Production, Consumption, and Waste Minimization
Reconnecting to Natural Prairie Ecosystems
Supporting and Bridging Cultures for Sustainable Living and Community
Building
Sustainable Infrastructure including Water and Energy

If you have any questions, don't hesitate to contact me by e-mail or
telephone in Regina (585-5295) or contact Lyle Benko
Lyle.Benko@Sasktel.net (or 949-7992 in Regina). Note that I will be away
from July 16 to 20 on holidays.

Best wishes,

Roger Petry

Background Information re. Item #1:

Invitation to Report for International RCE Conference 2007:
Supplementary note by the Secretariat
Report on your RCE activities: Reporting Format

1. Brief description of activities conducted in the last year and
planned activities

(expected volume: within a few pages in total)

Individual RCEs are requested to report on their achievements by
submitting short descriptions of activities that were curried out for
the last year (or since inception of newly acknowledged RCEs). The
following items should be, in particular, highlighted:

* List of activities with short descriptions;

* Achievements and results of these activities and there
contribution to four thrusts of ESD at the level of the region
(see below), to sustainable development (SD) of the region or to
progress towards goals and objectives of your RCE;

* Future planed activities and expected outcomes (potential
contribution to four thrusts of ESD at the level of the region,
to SD of the region or to progress towards goals and objectives
of your RCE)

2. Description on flagship projects

(expected volume: one or one and a half page for each flagship project)

RCEs are also invited to identify a few projects that are representative
in your RCE activities. We call such projects as “flagship projects”.
The following points are expected to be reflected in the description of
your flagship projects:

* Short presentation of the idea;

* Problem or challenge that the project addresses;

* Partnerships that are formed to curry out the project;

* Challenges in implementation;

* Current stage in development and major achievements;

* References to more information on the project

Please note:
This document makes reference to the "four thrusts of ESD" which are:

1. Re-orient education towards sustainable development (SD), covering
existing programmes/subjects from the point of ESD and designing an
integrated SD curricula. ESD programmes are tailored to address issues
and local context of the community in which they operate;
2. increase access to quality basic education that is most needed in the
regional context;
3. deliver training programmes for all levels of society and to develop
methodologies and learning materials for them;
4. lead advocacy and awareness raising efforts on the importance of
educators and the essential role of ESD in achieving a sustainable
future. RCEs promote the long-term goals of ESD, such as environmental
stewardship, social justice, and improvement of the quality of life.

Note: for the goals/ESD outcomes of RCE Saskatchewan, please see Section
8, p. 30 of our original proposal. You can find the proposal under the
tab entitled "RCE Project Documents" (now at the top of the RCE
Saskatchewan webpage) in the folder "Intro Documents".