Mentoring for ESD-Leadership
The Mentoring for ESD-Leadership is a part-time English-speaking programme for young professionals and interested people from Germany, India, Mexico and South Africa who work or aim to work in the field of Education for Sustainable Development (ESD). The heart of the programme is the support by a mentor from the same country in realizing one’s own project idea in the field of ESD. We support professional development and aspire to train young people to become motivated multipliers. For this purpose, the programme not only conveys central concepts and approaches of ESD, but also competencies in the areas of project management and ESD leadership. In addition to three attendance phases the ten months blended learning programme includes three online phases with modules on the topics mentioned above. Throughout the online phases, a continuous exchange between participants is promoted. Apart from their own mentor, other contacts from the entire ESD Expert Net are available to advise the mentees. A total of twenty mentees (five each from Germany, India, Mexico and South Africa) can participate in the programme each year.
In 2010, the members of the ESD Expert Net designed the Leadership Training for interested young people as one of their first network activities. A total of almost forty people from four countries took part in the full-time programme. The programme offered the opportunity to tackle a variety of topics such as sustainability, systemic thinking and project design. Furthermore, internships and mentoring by experts helped in the development and implementation of innovation projects on site. In the second phase of the project, the former leadership participants were integrated into the ESD Expert Net in 2014. All participants of the leadership training agreed that this particular learning experience should be repeated in a modified form. A working group of the ESD Expert Net developed the concept of the Mentoring for ESD-Leadership Programme together with Engagement Global.
The new extra-occupational programme now offers the opportunity to acquire central skills and to develop and realize one's own project idea in the area of ESD.
The schedule for 2019 is as follows:
The different contents will be taught alternately in online and attendance phases within the ten months programme.
The online phases comprise a total of 28 weeks with at least five learning hours per week. Common learning content is made available via an online platform (Moodle). The contents follow a module plan and focus on the following topics:
- global challenges, trends and perspectives
- ESD basics and history
- ESD competencies
- learning and didactics
- education landscapes and national education systems
- Whole School/Institutional Approach
Each module also includes a project management learning activity based on the backcasting method. The exchange between mentees, but also with the mentors, is an important part of the online phases. For this purpose, different synchronous and asynchronous formats are used in each module, such as blogs, discussion forums, live chats and webinars.
The attendance phases are divided into three sections.
- Introductory week ( Germany)
- National Mentoring Workshops (one per country, respectively in Germany, India, Mexico and South Africa)
- Conclusion Event (Mexico)
The thematic focus of the attendance phases lies on leadership competencies such as intercultural sensitivity, systemic thinking or change management. Also, project management and development are central at all personal meetings. The introductory week serves to get to know each other, to build a team and to set a common goal for the programme. In the national mentoring workshops, the presentation of the previously developed project plans and the exchange of ideas are the centre of attention. At the closing event, the projects will finally be presented to a public audience. All attendance phases are about acquiring action-oriented knowledge and skills based on practical examples.