The Jakarta Post
A newly established collaboration agreed between the Republic of Indonesia and United Nations (UN) agencies will hopefully foster a knowledge exchange to share lessons learned and best practices in promoting green education across Indonesia.
'Green schools for sustainable development' agreement signatories, the Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation Agency (BP REDD+), the United Nations Office for REDD+ Coordination in Indonesia (UNORCID) and the Green School Bali, committed to identifying 1 million "green youth ambassadors" in schools across Indonesia by 2017.
UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon said decision-makers had "tough choices to make", especially leading up to the Climate Summit and the post-2015 development agenda, concerning the alarming threat that climate change poses to development and the betterment of the living conditions of the poorest.
'Tomorrow you [students] are going to be the leaders. Today we are working very hard to make this world of tomorrow much better for all the people,' Ban said during a visit to Green School Bali, where he witnessed the signing of the agreement on Thursday.
BP REDD+ head Heru Prasetyo said the Green School was an outstanding proof of concept in which the next step was to achieve a proof of scale.
'By 2017, we aim to have one million 'green youth ambassadors' in Indonesia,' Heru said in a release made available to The Jakarta Post on Friday.
He further said supporting Green Schools and strengthening environmentally sensitive school curricula was one of 10 imperative actions of BP REDD+ in 2014.
President of the Foundation of the Green School, Ni Putu Tirka Widanti, said central to the Green School Bali's vision was to educate young green leaders in global citizenship.
'The curriculum champions a new model of learning that connects the timeless lessons from nature to a relevant and effective preparation for a fast-changing future with the guiding values of integrity, responsibility, empathy, sustainability, peace, equality, community and trust,' she said.
UNORCID director Satya Tripathi said the agency was committed to continuously supporting Indonesia to drive forward its REDD agenda.
"The Green School shows how sustainability principles can guide us toward happiness and wealth in their most meaningful forms,' Satya said, adding that Ban had inaugurated the UNORCID pilot provincial office in Central Kalimantan in 2011, which had produced tremendous results. (ebf)