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30/06/2024

Member Updates June 2024

Find the latest updates for our members in our newsletter here including:

  • Announcement on the upcoming SOS-International monthly member exchange on the 8th of August. Click here to register and join.
  • AASU to host a webinar, The Africa Climate Dialogue: “Harnessing Africa’s Climate Action Strategies: Lessons for Global Adoption.” on Friday, 26th July 2024 use this link to register https://bit.ly/tacd24. For more information contact info@aasuonline.org

  • Tobias attends a Workshop at Cologne. See post
  • Launch of the International Green Learning and Skills Accelerator (IGLSA) scroll down to read more about it.
  • Saying Goodbye to Tobias. Tobias worked in several roles at the Green Office. The staff of SOS-UK, SOS-International and GOM wishes him the very best of luck in your future endeavors.

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THE LAUNCH OF THE INTERNATIONAL GREEN LEARNING AND SKILLS ACCELERATOR (IGLSA) 

SOS-International is delighted to be a part of the launch of the International Green Learning and Skills Accelerator (IGLSA), 12th June 2024, in Bangkok, Thailand. A collaborative three-year initiative by the United Nations and Environment Programme (UNEP) and Times Higher Education (THE), the Accelerator will drive the global transition to a net zero and nature positive future by enhancing the role of higher and further education institutions in expanding green learning and skills.

According to their new research, 75% of sustainability professionals in education believe their institutions aim to support green learning, yet only a quarter have audited their curricula for green skills. The main barriers identified include lack of teacher training, unclear definitions, and insufficient incentives and assessments. The IGLSA aims to overcome these challenges, build new coalitions, and rapidly accelerate change.

SOS-International has been working alongside UNEP to help shape this initiative through a major global youth consultation, with workshops taking place in Europe, Africa, South America, North America, and Asia.

The outcomes of this work were presented on behalf of SOS-International at the Global Sustainable Development Congress by Mana Saza, youth climate education advocate and Founder of SWiTCH. In addition, Zamzam Ibrahim, SOS-Intl Director, also shapes this work as the SOS-Intl representative on the Green Jobs for Youth Pact Youth Advisory Group.

750 young people participated across the five workshops, exploring how youth understand green skills, green jobs and the importance of youth engagement in a pact Just Transition to a sustainable world. Participants defined these terms and worked together to articulate their significance in their own regions. “Green skills” were seen as interdisciplinary skills, such as critical and systems thinking. Many of the skills also included softer skills, rather than solely ‘technical skills’ as are often cited when discussing green skills. To quote one young participant, “green jobs are the only way to a long-term inclusive and just society with respect for our planet”.

What action do young people need our educators, policy makers and employers to take? There is a need to drive investment in educational reform, with sustainability integrated across the curriculum. Educators must know the urgency of climate action and be trained

and able to convey this to their students. There is a need to make every job a green job and, overall, the youth voice must be at the heart of all of this.

The global youth consultation outcomes will be presented at the United Nations High Level Political Forum in July 2024, where SOS-Intl will launch the accompanying report.

For further details of the Accelerator and the option to register interest to be involved: https://www.timeshighereducation.com/green-skills 

Blog by Quinn Runkle and Amy Padfield

 

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“Green Skills for Youth” workshop in Kenya

SOS-International had its second “Green Skills for Youth” workshop in Kenya on 3rd May, during the inaugural National Workshop on Green Jobs and Skills Development. The first of the five planned workshops was organized in March at the SOS-International Summit in Netherlands.

 

The Kenyan workshop featured a panel discussion on “Green Skills for Youth” which was moderated by Bismark Amefianu Kudoafor, and had Sumaiya Abdikadir and Jeremy Kaburu as speakers. Among others, the panel explored how youth around the world define green skills and green jobs.

 

The session also discussed the Green Jobs for Youth Pact, which is a collaborative initiative by the International Labour Organization Cairo officeUN Environment ProgrammeUNICEF and Generation Unlimited, to create meaningful opportunities for young people by 2030. The Green Job for Youth Pact is Championing Green Employment and Entrepreneurship​, Green Education and Skills​ and Green Empowerment and Youth Engagement.

Watch the sessions of the Workshop Green Jobs and Skills Development: https://lnkd.in/dvdz4Gyg

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What do you understand by “green skills”?

Does the current higher education system adequately prepare students for careers in green jobs? What skills come to mind when you think of “green skills”? These are just a few of the questions SOS-International and United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) are asking young people in a series of workshops worldwide.

The research is being conducted by SOS-International and UNEP as part of the Green Jobs for Youth Pact, where SOS-Intl is a key youth partner. The GJYP works to tackle the green skills shortages and education system’s inabilities to meet the world’s sustainability needs and to develop 1 million new green jobs, transform 1 million existing roles into green roles and support 10,000 young green entrepreneurs in setting up their businesses.

Quinn Runkle-Director of Education, SOS-UK

The first of these workshops took place in the SOS-International Summit 2024, University of Twente, Enschede, The Netherlands, led by Bismark Kudoafor (All Africa Students’ Union) Peter Kwasi Kodjie (AASU and current SOS-Intl President) and Quinn Runkle (SOS-UK). Three key aims of this work were shared with the young attendees: to explore how youth define and understand green skills and green jobs around the world; to develop a shared understanding of green skills and jobs in the development of a youth definition; and to empower and support young people to advocate for green jobs. If we are to increase the provision of green skills and support for green jobs, we need to see change across all aspects of society, formal education, throughout industry and with policy makers. 

Peter Kwasi Kodjie-SOS-INT President

Over the coming weeks the remaining four workshops will take place globally, with the next being taking place in Nairobi, Kenya on Friday 3rd May as part of a wider launch of the Kenya Green Jobs Observatory Hub. Further workshops will also take place in Brazil, Canada and Thailand. The outcomes, along with a shared youth definition of green skills, will be presented by Mana Saza, a youth climate education advocate from Japan to delegates at the Global Sustainability Development Congress in Bangkok, Thailand in June 2024.

  

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30/05/2024

Member Updates May 2024

Find the latest updates for our members in our newsletter here including:

  • Announcement on our upcoming SOS-International monthly member exchange. Click here to register and join.
  • Green Skills Observatory. SOS-International had its second “Green Skills for Youth” workshop in Kenya. See post 
  • The Cleaner Shores Africa Project by the AASU. For more information contact info@aasuonline.org
  • Celebrating Global Education for Sustainability. Catch up on the case studies and conversations by watching this
  • Development WEBINAR: Reflecting on the 2024 SDG Teach In -Get started, Go further campaign. Join SOS-UK online to celebrate the impact of the 2024 SDG Teach In- Register to attend the event.

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30/04/2024

Member Updates April 2024

Find the latest updates for our members in our newsletter here including:

  • A call to join Our SOS-International Monthly Member Exchange! Register and join our monthly member exchange here 
  • SOS-UK’s 10th Annual Summit; Agenda Announcement (Click here to view the agenda. Grab your tickets!
  • An African Youth and Students Consultation Ahead of the UN Summit of the Future. Find out more 
  • Green Skills Observatory, read “What do you understand by Green Skills
  • Celebrating Global Education for Sustainable Development. (Register and join the discussion and showcase of collaboration, innovation and student leadership for ESD – May 22nd, 3-4pm BST on Zoom)
  • Starting a Green Office or joining the Green Office Movement. Reach out to Tobias (tobias.bartman@sos-uk.org) with your questions or consult the materials on our website

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30/03/2024

Member Updates March 2024

Find the latest updates for our members in our newsletter here, including:

  • Summit Reflections recap of the summit
  • SOS-UK’s 10th annual summit: Calling all student activists, student officers, and students’ union and college/university staff! Register and find out more here
  • Call for Application: The International Green Gown Awards (recognizing exceptional sustainability initiatives being undertaken by universities and colleges around the globe apply here Deadline 29th April 2024. Find out more here)
  • 2024/25 programme overview and recording for Responsible Futures.
  • Join us for SOS-International monthly member exchange! (Register for the first of these zoom meetings using this link If you have any questions or need further information, feel free to reach out to us at contact@sos.earth)
  • Saying Goodbye to Emily. The staff of SOS-UK, SOS-International and GOM wish you the very best of luck in your future endeavors.
  •  Starting a Green Office or joining the Green Office Movement. Reach out to Tobias (tobias.bartman@sos-uk.org) with your questions or consult the materials on our website

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29/02/2024

Member Updates Feb 2024

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SOS-International to convene youth voice for the UNEP Green Skills Observatory.

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05/01/2024

Member Updates Jan 2024

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20/12/2023

Member Updates Nov-Dec 2023

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Empowering youth and students as partners for climate justice in education

11/10/2023

Member Updates Sept-Oct 2023

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Representing SOS-International at Festival Terra Lenta

31/07/2023

Member Updates June-July 2023

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  • the new Rotational Presidency by AASU
  • Sustainability Summit 2-4 November 2023
  • Green Impact updates
  • Green Office Movement updates

 

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20/03/2023

Member Updates March-April 2023

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  • the General Assembly on 30 May 2023
  • Sustainability Month April 2023
  • Green Impact updates, such as the International Meet-up
  • Green Office Movement updates, such as the upcoming GOM Summit (31/03 – 1/04)

 

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AMACE23: inspiration and provocation from the Arts in Africa