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What are we?

RCE Czechia is currently a community of 22 partners - Czech universities, schools, non-governmental organizations, representatives of local government and small-scale entrepreneurs - who aim to build a culture of sustainability and involve citizens in democratic processes.

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RCE Mission

RCE Czechia aims to support incremental changes towards sustainability in formal and informal education using a step-by-step approach. Thus, small and achievable steps will be planned and realized cooperatively or individually by RCE members in educational praxis, based on their existing experiences and capacities.

WHAT IS A REGIONAL CENTRE OF EXPERTISE (RCE)?

Established by the United Nations University Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability (UNU-IAS) in 2003, Regional Centres of Expertise developed out of a project for Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) after the United Nations Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) stressed the need to reorient existing education towards sustainability. The ESD project designed and implemented research and development activities through two flagship initiatives: a global multi-stakeholder global network of Regional Centres of Expertise on ESD (RCEs) and a network of higher education institutions. Currently, over 157 RCEs have been officially acknowledged by the United Nations University worldwide.

The RCE network plays a crucial role in implementing the UNESCO Global Action Program on ESD which includes:

  • advancing policy by mainstreaming ESD,
  • transforming learning and training environments using the whole-institution approach,
  • building capacities of educators and trainers,
  • empowering and mobilizing youth,
  • and accelerating sustainable solutions at the local level

An RCE is a network of existing formal, non-formal and informal organizations that facilitate learning towards sustainable development in local and regional communities. RCEs bring together institutions at the regional/local level to jointly promote ESD. They build innovative platforms to share information and experiences and to promote dialogue among regional/local stakeholders through partnerships for sustainable development. They create a local/regional knowledge base to support ESD actors, and promote four major goals of ESD in a resource-effective manner. These four goals are to:

  1. Re-orient education towards SD, covering existing programmes/subjects from the point of ESD and designing and integrate SD in curricula. ESD programmes are tailored to address issues and local context of the community in which they operate.
  2. Increase access to quality education that is most needed in the regional context;
  3. Deliver trainers’ training programmes and develop methodologies and learning materials for them;
  4. Lead advocacy and awareness-raising efforts in the public about 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.

 

Team members

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Jana Dlouhá

Main coordinator
jana.dlouha@czp.cuni.cz
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Jiří Dlouhý

Technical coordinator
jiri.dlouhy@czp.cuni.cz
 
 

RCE Vision

RCEs aspire to translate global objectives into the context of the local communities in which they operate. RCEs are committed to further generating, accelerating and mainstreaming ESD by implementing the Global Action Program on ESD and by contributing to the realization of the UN Sustainable Development Goals.  

RCE Mission

RCEs help prepare local leaders of tomorrow with the tools and information they need to make smart and sustainable choices for the future. RCE efforts encourage innovation and new approaches to sustainable development. They translate existing knowledge into concrete actions and empower individuals to make sustainable choices for themselves and their communities

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RCE Stakeholders

​RCE’s involve a multitude of stakeholders. These include school teachers, higher education professors, environmental NGOs, scientists, researchers, museums, zoos, botanical gardens, local government officials, representatives of local enterprises, volunteers, media, civic associations or individuals who work in the spheres of sustainable development (economic growth, social development, and environmental protection), and students and learners at every level.