Overview

Preface

image of Akilagpa Sawyerr, Secretary-General of the Association of African Universities Sustainable Societies in Africa: Modules on Education for Sustainable Development is a vital contribution to the efforts of universities throughout Africa to contribute in a real and sustainable manner to development in Africa. 

In both design and content, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Environic Foundation International (EFI) have produced a valuable tool for both improving the quality of higher education in Africa and the quality of life for graduates and their communities.

Sustainable Societies in Africa: Modules on Education for Sustainable Development brings together students and instructors from all fields of learning and profession to appreciate the pivotal ways in which their interests and concerns interact, and provides them with a methodology for developing solutions to social, economic, and environmental problems.

By examining the range of issues involved in developing a sustainable Africa through an integrated and comprehensive process, students come to understand sustainable development as a necessarily collaborative process. By carefully considering a sustainability problem that is local to their community, students are prepared to excel in their careers while creating a better Africa.

The United Nations has provided excellent material for the course, while the course design encourages and facilitates the addition of local information to add even more immediacy and relevance to the course. The course also serves as a means for disseminating and sharing material and knowledge throughout and beyond Africa, strengthening African development by fostering collaboration in education and research.

The CD-ROM-based version of Sustainable Societies in Africa: Modules on Education for Sustainable Development illustrates the great potential of institutional integration of communications technology.  Such technology keeps instructors and students on the cutting edge of development in all fields and facilitates their success by ensuring access to the information they need to be informed and active participants in society.

Its student-centred pedagogy and helpful guidance to instructors serve as an excellent example of innovation in higher education. The design of the courses facilitates critical reflection and capacity-building among students, with a clear focus on generating students that are personally knowledgeable of and motivated towards sustainable development. Instructors in all fields of expertise are enabled to follow and adjust the course structure as they see fit, with multiple and adjustable activities and readings options as well as methods to assess student comprehension.

I hope that you will make use of this course and all that it offers to our communities, our nations, and Africa.

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Akilagpa Sawyerr
Secretary-General
Association of African Universities (AAU)