The Youth for Sustainable Development programme is for young people interested in learning more about the environment and sustainable development issues, and how they can take practical action to protect the environment.
The Youth for Sustainable Development programme (YSD) is a youth programme comprising an initial structured 12 week workshop series for young people (aged 15-18 years old) to explore sustainable development, global issues, the environment and how they can take action for positive change. Young people develop the knowledge, values and skills to work with their peers to raise awareness of the environment and sustainable development issues.
Structured peer education programme
The weekly workshops engage young people in a fun, interactive way to learn more about the environment and how to take action for change!
- A variety of non-formal education activities, such as art, music, drama, outdoor learning and field trips
- Exploring a wide variety of issues including the Sustainable Development Goals, climate change, biodiversity, globalisation, health and trade.
This is then followed by weekly meetings.
Development of young people
Through taking part in the programme young people:
- Develop skills such as team-work, communication and leadership skills
- Develop facilitation skills and gain a QQI qualification in Peer Education for Sustainable Development
- Learn how to design and carry out a Global Action project gaining hands-on experience
- Represent ECO-UNESCO at National Youth Forums and events
- Enter the Young Environmentalist Awards
- Count it towards the Gaisce Award
- Have fun and make new friends!
Click here to see some of the recent activities of how young people have been learning about the environment and sustainable development, and making a difference!
“ECO-UNESCO has made me aware of what´s going on in the world and the issues surrounding global warming and climate change. It helped me gain confidence and gave me facilitating skills. I enjoy meeting and talking to new people”
“It’s not just my peers but even at home – my Dad and my Mam can’t believe some of the stuff that I do in here with ECO-UNESCO and even an older generation like my granddad, they’ve changed along with me”
“I think the main thing I learned in ECO is working in teams and group work. Collaboration with other people your age – even teaching more about a subject then a teacher ever could, because you are more likely to listen to someone your own age.”
“It has opened my mind and helped me understand the outerworld and the environment issues we face today.”
“ECO-UNESCO's Y-PEP Programme has made me more aware of the environment that I live in and how I can impact society and the earth in a positive way.”