These pages briefly recapitulate the RCE Rhine-Meuse, one of the over 180 regions worldwide acknowledged by United Nations University IAS as
'Regional Centre of Expertise on Education for Sustainable Development'.
The RCE Rhine-Meuse main challenge and effort, following it's strategic focus on the development of young people to bring near a more sustainable world, has been the coordination and expansion of The OPEDUCA Project. An extended website is available.
Together with the other RCE's and a large network of experts from Industry, Universities, Education, Governmental bodies and NGOs, the RCE Rhine-Meuse studied the essentials of Education for Sustainable Development seeing to ways ESD can be brought to practice. RCE Rhine-Meuse thereby focused on the development and implementation of ESD in regular education.
Following a 10 year participatory research we developed a vision and corresponding instrumentation to meet the trans-formative promise of ESD. Thereto we build on our original idea to see ESD as an ongoing tread throughout the educational system, from primary up to and including higher education reaching into the world of work. Our vision is based on thematic education, enabling youth to continuously learn, Any time, Any place, with Anybody and through Any device, on themes that will define their and our common more sustainable future.
Founded in 2005 the RCE Rhine-Meuse was one of the first of over 180 "Regional Centres of Expertise on Education for Sustainable Development", acknowledged by United Nations University IAS.
The mission of an RCE is to bring together people and organisations in regional society in order to realize joint learning processes contributing to a more sustainable world. Learning and working towards a more sustainable ecology and society, is most relevant and effective on the local, regional, scale. Parallel to that it is essential to think from the global perspective. Thereto the RCE Rhine-Meuse contributed to and became part of a local-to-global learning space, formed by the global RCE Community and various regions operating other organisational contexts.
As of 2008 an alliance of schools, science, industry and governmental organisations developed and successfully applied in practice a coherent instrumentation to base formal education on ESD, coming together in The OPEDUCA Project. Still today the vision and concept are unique, the multi-disciplinary alliance planning for it's 2nd phase, starting 2021.
Since 2007 the RCE Rhine-Meuse has been the Regional Centre of Expertise on Education for Sustainable Development for the Netherlands and the Euregion combining Netherlands, Belgium and Nordrhein Westfalen (Germany). It has been acknowledged by United Nations University that set out to create regions worldwide where educational institutions, scientific organizations, industry and governments work together for learning in order to bring near a more sustainable future. The RCE Rhine-Meuse was one of the seven pioneer RCE's worldwide and the first in Europe, spearheading the involvement of pupils and students in ESD. In the RCE universities, municipalities, provinces, ministries, a core group of 55 schools in primary, secondary schools and further education, several leading knowledge institutes and over 40 companies were connected during UNESCO's Decade for Education for Sustainable Development 2005-2014 and pooled their resources for innovation through education. Focus points were future relevant learning, connecting education with industry and the upgrade of learners’ competences towards the coming decades’ requirements.
The RCE Rhine-Meuse initiated the “European RCE Association” in which 21 European RCE's have been represented. In the course of the years a range of RCE's in North- Mid- and South America as well as Africa and Asia joined the RCE Rhine-Meuse in its strive to create of global learning space for youth. The RCE Rhine-Meuse has been mentioned a national key-network for UNESCO, participated in various UNECE initiatives and led several EU-funded projects. On the Dutch national scale the RCE Rhine-Meuse founded and operated a strategic cooperation with various Interdepartmental Programs on ESD as well as on Entrepreneurship and Innovation in Education.
The RCE Rhine-Meuse established the 'Leadership Forum for Sustainable Development', bringing together thought-leaders and change-makers on the national level in the Netherlands. The work and impact of the partners involved in activities through the RCE have been rated by the Dutch government via the National Educational Council as worthy of follow-up and support. It was acknowledged and supported by six Dutch Ministries as of 2009.
The RCE Rhine-Meuse operated in a fascinating cross border region with a challenging multi-cultural population where 3 European languages are spoken daily and citizens of every European country work and study.
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