Based on the recommendations of a multi-stakeholder consultation on the National Environmental Education Action Plan (2005-2014) and as guided by the AEEAP (2008-2012) in promoting sustainable development through environmental education and public participation, the following are the priority next steps of the NEEAP shall cover, but not limited to, the following actions for period of 2008-2014:
1. Designation of focal points on Environmental Education at the central and regional offices
- DepEd’s Bureau of Elementary Education
- DepEd’s Bureau of Secondary Education
- DepEd’s Bureau of Alternative Learning Systems
- Commission on Higher Education
- Technical Education and Skills Development Authority
This is envisioned to help facilitate coordination among agencies that promote environmental education in the country.
2. Maintain a common resource facility for environmental IEC exchange, and link to ASEAN Environmental Education Inventory Database
- need to set up and maintain/strengthen EE for SD website
- need to expand the library of existing environmental education resources (inventory of ENR training modules, instructional materials, environmental educators/experts, etc.)
This will help researchers (students and professionals) to easily access vital information on the past and recent developments on environmental education in the Philippines coming from the different institutions whether government, private or business.
3. Training of teachers or creation of pool of qualified teachers or trainers on Environmental Education (particularly for public elementary and high schools)
- Actively promote and manage the ASEAN Environmental Education Inventory Database (AEEID) as the central platform for information dissemination, exchange and learning for EE and ESD in the country and within ASEAN;
This will help increase the number of teachers and trainers equipped with knowledge to teach environmental education in the country, especially among public schools that covers practically half of the student population in the country.
4. Support Instructional Materials for Subjects that have integrated Environmental Education in the Curricula (in all levels)
- Establish a baseline assessment on the extent to which teacher education programmes and in-service and pre-service training address EE/ESD theory and practice;
- Establish a baseline of EE for sustainable development training needs for stakeholders in both the formal and non-formal sectors;
- Provide EE and ESD training opportunities for key stakeholders;
- institutionalization of environmental education in all levels
These instructional materials will help teachers teaching environmental education to have more reference materials to share with their students and will likewise aid students and researchers in environmental education to gather more information about environmental education.
It will also help schools across the country to integrate environmental education easily in the different subjects in school.
- Establish a baseline assessment on the extent to which national curricula in the basic education system include Environmental Education (EE) and Environmentally Sustainable Development (ESD) content;
- Ensure that Quality Assurance (QA) systems for formal education (that is, national standards) require the inclusion of EE/ESD issues in the relevant disciplines;
- Promote research on EE/ESD issues to ensure continuing development in formal education;
- Promote sustainable schools (for example, eco-schools/green schools) concept and practice throughout the country and ASEAN;
- Develop EE curricula, materials and resources that are locally relevant and complement ESD at the local/community level;
5. Need for full utilization of other venues (e.g. multi-media and alternative media) for Environmental Education towards Sustainable Development.
This will hasten the delivery of the message across the country by utilizing all means of communication.
6. Strengthen partnerships and networking on environmental education in the country and the ASEAN region (e.g local governments, NGOs, youth, business, media, communities)
- Promote EE as a key integrating tool for the development of environmentally sustainable cities’ in the country;
- Use appropriately designed and targeted EE for promotion of environmentally sustainable business practices;
- Build and strengthen existing networks of NGOs, youth, universities and media throughout the country and the ASEAN region to be effective practitioners, promoters, communicators and agents of change for EE and ESD; and
- Enhance the participation of community leaders, such as those religious leaders who have close contact with local communities, in promoting public awareness on the importance of sustainable development and environmentally sustainable practices.
7. Provide funds/financial support to expand environmental education programs, particularly in the regions