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CEE's Global Citizenship for Sustainability (GCS) is an interactive school education programme which offers an exciting and challenging opportunity for students to work on sustainability issues and build leadership and problem solving skills. It connects schools on a global level to work on common sustainability issues through a specially developed and successfully tested methodology. The GCS process seeks to prioritize values education, the building of partnerships as well as innovative ways of pooling resources and involving students in solving community issues through fostering ownership and personal relationships.
The initiative was launched during the UN Decade of Education for Sustainability Development (UNDESD) to encourage and support the practical teaching of Education for Sustainability in schools of Australia and India. The first two phases of the GCS were successfully implemented in India and Australia with support from the Commonwealth Departments of Environment and Education as well as State and local government agencies in India and Australia.

The Global Education First Initiative (GEFI) launched by the United Nations specifically highlights the role of education in fostering global citizenship. Launched by UN Secretary-General, the GEFI recognises that, ‘Education must fully assume its central role in helping people to forge more just, peaceful, tolerant and inclusive societies. It must give people the understanding, skills and values they need to cooperate in resolving the interconnected challenges of the 21st century.’

GCS Marine is an action based research project focused on sustainability issues on marine and coastal ecosystem. Project 1600 offers an exciting and challenging opportunity for school communities in India and Australia to build leadership and problem solving skill for sustainability. This initiative has taken its cue from the recently concluded Conference of Parties on Convention on Biological Diversity (COP 11) in Hyderabad (October 2012), which prioritized the need for increased focus on marine and coastal biodiversity conservation education particularly for the children and young people. Project 1600 aims to engage school students in project based sustainability initiatives along 1600 kilometres of the coastline of Gujarat in India as well as that of Queensland  in Australia.

The main objectives of Project 1600 are:

  1. Generate awareness of, interest in and passion for the conservation of coastal and marine ecosystem among children and youth.
  2. Study human impact including urban habitations, industrial growth, ports and urban livelihood activities on these ecosystems.
  3. Gain an understanding of the local and global context of coastal/marine issues and the differences and similarities in cross country approaches to addressing these issues.
  4. Exchange project learnings, experiences and information between school groups in India and Australia.
  5. Build skills, leadership, resource networks and partnerships for sustainability for school communities in India and Australia and strengthen understanding and commitment to local and international sustainability solutions.
  6. Encourage and develop skills among students and the community in research, documentation and monitoring of marine biodiversity.
    Participating students will be encouraged to write a report based on the findings of their study which would then be presented to key community stake holders.
Students showcasing their GCS projects

Australian students visiting India as part of GCS exchange programme

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Kartikeya Sarabhai – Director CEE (R), Dr. Priti Adani (Centre)- Head – Adani Foundation and Mr. Steve Waters - Australian Consulate General (L) at the marine exhibition.

From Left to Right – Dr. Prithi Nambiar,(Executive Director – CEE Australia) Dr. Ram Boojh Yadav, (Chief of the Natural Sciences Section & Secretary, SACAM UNESCO  Office in New Delhi - Cluster Office ), Dr. H.S. Singh, (Additional Chief Conservator of Forest – Gujarat State) Mr. Steve Waters, (Australian Consulate General) Dr. Priti Adani,(Head – Adani Foundation) Shri Kartikeya Sarabhai (Director CEE) at the launch of GCS Marine – Project 1600.

Launch of GCS Marine Project 1600

Date :- 9th July 2013

Venue :- Auditorium, CEE campus.

CEE launched a new project Global Citizenship for Sustainability (GCS) Marine – Project 1600, on 9th of July 2013 a joint initiative by CEE India and CEE Australia. The main objective of this project is to have a coastal and marine education program with special emphasis on sustainability issues in coastal schools along the coastline of Gujarat and coastline of Queensland, Australia. The project aims to develop a web based interactive exchange between school students of both the countries, thus facilitating learning. The project is supported by Adani group of industries.  

This project was launched by the Australian Consulate General to India Mr. Steve Waters in presence senior officers from Government of Gujarat, UNESCO and other distinguished guests and scientists. The launch event also hosted an exhibition on coastal and marine biodiversity of the Indian Coast. Many experts both national and international spoke at the event which was attended by teachers, students, senior government officials, port officers and senior staff of Adani foundation.


Steve Waters launching the website for GCS Marine Project 1600

  Dr. Deepak Apte – Chief Operating Officer- BNHS giving a talk at the launch.






Teacher Training Workshop – 8th, 9th and 10th of  July 2013.

Venue :- Seminar Rooms 1, 2, 3 CEE campus, Ahmedabad

A teacher training workshop was organized on 8th 9th and 10th of July 2013 to introduce the teachers of participating schools on the theme and working of the GCS Marine – Project 1600. The teacher training workshop was also organized with the launch event so the teachers can also be part of it and understand the seriousness as well as importance of the Project and be proud of being associated with it. This will also ensure their long term interest in the project.

A total of 17 teachers of 9 schools along the coastline of Gujarat participated in this teacher training workshop.

Teachers were introduced to the concept of Project Based Learning (PBL), as well as Environment Education and Education for Sustainable Development – their similarities and differences. Lectures on basics of oceanography and coastal and marine ecosystems their importance and threats were also conducted for the teachers.

Dr. Deepak Apte from BNHS gave a talk on Marine life of India – Status, Issues and Concerns to the teachers and Dr. Ram Boojh Yadav from UNESCO talked about United Nations – Decade for Education for Sustainable Development with special emphasis on issues and concerns in the context of marine and coastal education.

The workshop ended with the teachers broadly deciding on the projects they can undertake and brief action plans.




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