Session on “Education for Sustainability” with CERE

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Date: 8th June, 2024
Venue: Zoom Platform
Participants: F.Y and S.Y. B.Ed students
SDGs: SDG 11: Sustainable Cities & Communities, SDG 13: Climate Action, SDG 14: Life Below Water


On the occasion of World Environment Day and World Ocean Day MES’s Pillai College of Education and Research, in collaboration with the Centre for Environmental Research and Education (CERE), organized a session titled “Education for Sustainability.” The event aimed to enhance awareness and foster a deeper understanding of sustainable practices among educators, students, and the community.


  • To promote awareness about environmental sustainability among students.
  • To discuss the role of education in fostering sustainable development.
  • To provide knowledge about marine ecosystems and the impact of human activities on the oceans.
  • To explore practical approaches and strategies for incorporating sustainability into the curriculum.
  • To encourage collaboration between educational institutions and environmental organizations.

Ms. Kitayun Rustom, Co-founder, Centre for Environmental Research and Education (CERE) was the resource person for this session. She presented a detailed overview of current environmental challenges and the role of education in addressing these issues. She highlighted the importance of environmental education as a tool for raising awareness about environmental protection and the sustainable use of natural resources. She discussed the significance of oceans, the diverse marine life they support, and various issues such as pollution, overfishing, and climate change. Ms. Kitayun highlighted the urgent need for education and awareness to protect marine ecosystems.

Mrs. Kitayun also discussed the scientific principles behind sustainability, focusing on climate change, loss of biodiversity, and resource management. Her interactive session included engaging questions that encouraged student teachers to think critically about environmental challenges and practical tools and methods for addressing environmental challenges related to marine life. She also discussed some innovative teaching methods and strategies that can be incorporated through environmental education into everyday lessons, thus making sustainability an important part of the learning experience.

Ms. Kitayun also emphasized on the various steps for waste management, recycling, water conservation, and reducing carbon footprints. She also discussed various strategies for embedding sustainability concepts into school curricula and the impact of such education on long-term ecological conservation.


The “Education for Sustainability” session was very interactive providing knowledge and raising awareness on integrating sustainability into education. Celebrating World Environment Day and World Ocean Day is crucial for teachers as it equips them with the knowledge, skills, and inspiration to become effective environmental educators. Thus, by adopting sustainable practices, teachers can greatly influence the next generation, promoting environmental protection and sustainable living.