Camphill Community Trust Botswana, together with Camphill Academy, Eurasia Learning Institute, the World Social Initiative Forum and the Council, presented at the 2021 UNESCO World Conference on Education for Sustainable Development. As a 2019 Laureate of the UNESCO-Japan Prize for Education for Sustainable Development, Camphill Community Trust Botswana was invited to offer a booth and live session. The invitation included the possibility of bringing along partner organizations to showcase how networks and partnerships build strong learning communities for the challenges of the 21st century.
The UNESCO World Conference on Education for Sustainable Development was initially planned as a live event in Berlin, in 2020. It was then postponed to 2021 and changed into a virtual conference that took place from May 17 to 19, 2021. At the conference, over 70 ministers and vice ministers and 2,800 education and environment stakeholders committed to taking concrete steps to transform learning for the survival of our planet by adopting the Berlin Declaration on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD).
The four organizations shared some of the ways in which they approach learning and education as community-embedded, practice-oriented processes that take place within the context of formal and informal learning environments. One of the unifying themes that our organizations highlighted was the need to go beyond the concept of sustainability, towards transformation and emergent future possibilities that cannot be defined in advance. That raises the challenge of creating educational processes in which the outcomes cannot be known in advance. How do we build the capacities and methods for that? Collaboration and exchange in networked learning communities can help develop answers to those questions.