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Empowering Youths: An Alternative Learning Pathway for a Sustainable Future

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In 1992, Agenda 21 sparked the need to educate youths on sustainable development. The declaration “Transforming our world: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development”, presented in 2015, also reinforced the fact that young people are the keystones for a better sustainable world. Bearing these principles in mind and the need to enforce Malta’s National Education for Sustainable Development Strategy, the NGO Higher Youths was set up. The organisation’s ethos is that of empowering youths to further their education and employment skills by exposing them to a variety of learning methods through informal and non-formal education, thus making their learning personalised and relevant. The organisation creates alliances with other NGOs and promotes active citizenship and sustainable awareness by exposing youths to memorable experiences. This paper provides an overview of the Erasmus + Project PECT (Protecting the Environment through Conservation Techniques) for Future Generations, which took place in Tarnava Mare Natura 2000, Transylvania, Romania. Sixteen Maltese and Romanian youths worked together with local community members for 2 weeks. The hands-on activities and workshops encouraged youths to be self-motivated and, apart from increasing their chances of employability locally and overseas, empowered them with the realisation of the need to act and live sustainably.

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  • Youth empowerment
  • Informal learning
  • Sustainability
  • Lifelong learning
  • Erasmus+

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    1 At the UN SD Summit on 25 September 2015, more than 150 world leaders adopted the new 2030 Agenda for SD, including the SD Goals (SDGs) which replaced the MDG during the Rio + 20: The United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, 20th–22nd June 2012.

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    http://higheryouths.wixsite.com/hy-malta/pect-for-future-generations.

Abbreviations

ADEPT:

Agricultural Development Environmental Protection in Transylvania

CV:

Curriculum vitae

DESD:

Decade of Education for Sustainable Development

ESL:

Early school leavers

ESD:

Education for Sustainable Development

EU:

European Union

GAP:

Global Action Programme

LLL:

Lifelong learning

MEDE:

Ministry for Education and Employment

MSESD:

Mediterranean Strategy on Education for Sustainable Development

NGO:

Non Governmental Organisation

NSESD:

National Strategy on Education for Sustainable Development

PECT for Future Generations:

Protecting the Environment through Conservation Techniques for Future Generations

SD:

Sustainable Development

TTSE:

Two-Tiered Sustainability Equilibria

UNCED:

United Nations Conference on Environment and Development

UNDESA:

United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs

UNESCO:

United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization

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Green, S., Portelli, S.M. (2018). Empowering Youths: An Alternative Learning Pathway for a Sustainable Future. In: Leal Filho, W., Mifsud, M., Pace, P. (eds) Handbook of Lifelong Learning for Sustainable Development. World Sustainability Series. Springer, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-63534-7_6

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