On 29th October 2016, during an award ceremony held at Okayama City in Japan, ITF scooped the
Education for Sustainable Development Okayama Award Global Prize in recognition of its outstanding
project for Education for Sustainable Development- “Water kiosk at School”.
The water kiosk at school was designed and is operated in collaboration with the Join the Pipe Foundation-a non-profit organization established in Amsterdam, Netherlands that produces and provides developed products in the form of several sustainable tap station models, water bottles and carafes and services to all people around the globe to access clean tap water whenever possible.
ESD requires participatory teaching and learning methods that motivate and empower learners to change their behavior and take action for sustainable development. Education for Sustainable Development consequently promotes competencies like critical thinking, imagining future scenarios and making decisions in a collaborative way. Water kiosk at a school was chosen by a jury from a total of 95 applications submitted from 39 countries. Education for Sustainable Development allows every human being to acquire the knowledge, skills, attitudes and values necessary to shape a sustainable future.
A water kiosk at school is both educational and profitable business teaching students business and entrepreneurial skills, and generates much-needed income for school. It provide practical education bridging the gap between school and work, enabling students to leave school ready to get a job or set up their own business. And contribute to a developed community with a school which is able to support itself without relying on subsidies and yet afford the best facilities and teachers.
The ‘ESD Okayama Award’ was established by the ‘ESD Okayama Award Steering Board’ and Okayama City in 2015 to showcase and promote ESD, and to support the organizations carrying out ESD activities.
The ‘ESD Okayama Award Steering Board’ is composed of the following organizations:
+ United Nations University Institute of the Advanced Study of Sustainability(UNU-IAS)
+ UNESCO Bangkok, Asia and Pacific Regional Bureau for Education
+ Asia-Pacific Cultural Centre for UNESCO(ACCU)
+ Japan Council on the UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development(ESD-J)
+ The Goi Peace Foundation
+ Okayama ESD Promotion Commission