On Friday 11 September, 2015 Goethe Institute in Georgia organized a conference “Unite for Sustainable Future/Vernetzt f¿r Nachhaltigkeit. The goal of the conference was to provide information and best practice on environmental education on the case of Austria.
Gigla Agulashvili Minister of Environment and Natural Resources Protection and Lia Gigauri Deputy Minister of Education and Sciences welcomed the participants on behalf of Georgian government.
Goethe institute in Georgia invited environmental education experts from Austria Universities to introduce an integration of environmental and sustainable themes in German language school programs.
Dr Stefan Schleicher a professor from Graz University, who developed Austrian Energy System Transformation and is a co-author of IPCC Assessment Report delivered a lecture “The way towards better life”. Wilhelm Linder a professor from Agrarian and Environmental Pedagogy University in Vienna delivered a lecture “How education can ensure sustainable development”.
On environmental informal education in Georgia Nino Sulkanishvili, Executive Director of EcoVision made a presentation “EcoVision 15-year experience” and, Eka Shalutashvili informed audience on the joint effort of NGO sector, donor community and governmental institutions to raise awareness on environmental education. SPARE program was introduced as the largest environmental educational ongoing program in Georgia exercised since 2002 with the support of Norwegian government and under the leadership of “Friends of the Earth”/Naturvernforbundet.
At the end of the conference participants presented small exhibitions on the their activities. EcoVision with the energy saving and energy efficient set of kits and publications developed within the SPARE program deserved a special attention of audience.