National committees are established within each country, led by governmental institutions, to drive the implementation of Education for Sustainable Development and Disaster Risk Reduction initiatives at the local level. These national committees play a crucial role in mobilizing partners and engaging schools within their respective countries to actively participate in the Continental Rally and other related actions.
The primary objective of these national committees is to promote sustainable and resilient development within their own countries by incorporating educational institutions as key agents of change. These committees work closely with partners from various sectors, including government agencies, non-governmental organizations, community organizations, academic institutions, and other relevant stakeholders.
The national committees are responsible for developing and implementing strategies, policies, and programs that align with the overall goals of Education for Sustainable Development and Disaster Risk Reduction. They establish partnerships and networks to leverage resources, expertise, and knowledge to support their initiatives. These partnerships may include collaborations with ministries of education, environmental agencies, civil protection agencies, UNESCO national commissions, local community organizations, and educational institutions.
To involve national schools, the committees create awareness campaigns and conduct capacity-building activities for educators and students. These activities may include training workshops, seminars, conferences, and educational materials development. The committees also facilitate the exchange of best practices and lessons learned among schools within the country and with schools from other countries in the Americas throught the “Country Challenge” an specific action with a core importance into the country.
Participation in the Continental Rally is a key focus for the national committees. They actively encourage schools to participate in this collaborative event, where schools showcase their innovative projects, share experiences, and learn from each other. The national committees provide support to schools throughout the process, including guidance on project development, resources, and logistical assistance.
Furthermore, the national committees facilitate the integration of Education for Sustainable Development and Disaster Risk Reduction into the national curriculum. They collaborate with educational authorities to develop educational materials, guidelines, and frameworks that promote the incorporation of these topics into teaching and learning processes across various subjects and grade levels.
Overall, these national committees serve as catalysts for change, empowering schools and communities to adopt sustainable and resilient development models. They provide a platform for collaboration, knowledge-sharing, and collective action, driving positive transformations at the national level and contributing to the broader objectives of the International Committee.
The International Committee is a collaborative body consisting of various international, governmental, and non-governmental institutions that are deeply committed to promoting Education for Sustainable Development and Disaster Risk Reduction across the Americas. Its primary objective is to empower schools to become proactive agents in their communities’ transition towards more sustainable and resilient development models, thereby integrating them into the wider Continental Rally.
The International Committee is a collaborative body that brings together diverse international, governmental, and non-governmental institutions united in their unwavering commitment to advance Education for Sustainable Development and Disaster Risk Reduction throughout the Americas. Its primary focus is to empower schools and transform them into proactive agents driving their communities’ transition toward more sustainable and resilient development models. In doing so, these schools are integrated into the broader Continental Rally.
Moreover, the International Committee includes leader schools that have distinguished themselves in the Continental Rally. These schools play a crucial role in assessing, proposing, and organizing international-level actions, while also sharing their invaluable experiences with other schools.
Under the guidance of exceptional leaders such as Dr. Sonia Mora Escalante, the Minister of Public Education of Costa Rica who served as the Committee’s President from 2017 to 2018, the Committee has exemplified exemplary leadership. Additionally, prominent organizations such as the Ministry of Education of El Salvador, the Dominican National Commission for Cooperation with UNESCO affiliated with the Ministry of Culture of the Dominican Republic, the Peruvian National Commission for Cooperation with UNESCO associated with the Ministry of Education of Peru, and the Ministry of Environment of Chile have actively participated in the Committee as Observers. Their valuable contributions have bolstered the Committee’s mission and fostered meaningful partnerships in the pursuit of sustainable and resilient development across the Americas.