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Education for Sustainability and the IB Primary Years Programme – A Peruvian experience with world renowned Professor Charles Hopkins
Pamela Curtin
Forum Leader/LSBU Masters student (EfS)
pamelajcurtin@yahoo.com.au

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Professor Charles Hopkins (back row right) - thigh-deep in a swamp while on a 12 km trek.  

Professor Charles Hopkins, co-author of Agenda 21 and UNESCO/UNU chair for ESD at York University in Toronto joined forces with educators in Peru recently. During his two-week visit he met with a number of teachers and teacher educators, presented seminars, and advised senior magistrates from the Supreme Court and committee members from the Lima ESD Regional Centre for Expertise.

The main purpose of his visit, however, was as a coach and presenter at a forum held for International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme teachers, curriculum leaders and heads of schools. This six-day forum was held in Tambopata, a remote area of the Amazon jungle followed by a stint in the Sacred Valley of Cuzco.

The focus of the forum was to analyse how Education for Sustainability is being applied within the IBPYP curriculum while also serving as a professional development opportunity, providing hands-on learning and direct engagement with nature and socio-economic realities of the region.

Educators´ feedback indicates that the forum was a success and has impacted on their personal and professional vision and curriculum planning. They greatly appreciated the presence and advice offered by Professor Hopkins, and of the other EfS specialists, along with his ability and willingness to work as one of the team and participate in all activities.

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