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Celebrating 21 years of EfS

London South Bank University

Friday, 13 January 2017 from 09:30 to 18:00 (GMT)

Celebrating 21 years of EfS

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Join us to celebrate the success of 21 years of Education for Sustainability MSc at London South Bank University by reflecting on the impact of EfS and looking forward to future developments in this internationally important field of education.

On 13 January 2017, the Division of Social Sciences welcomes Professor Stephen Sterling, Professor of Sustainability Education at the Centre for Sustainable Futures, Plymouth University, UK to deliver the keynote speech on the importance of EfS work in an age of global uncertainty. We are also joined by a pioneer of sustainable fashion Safia Minney the founder of People Tree. She is recognised by the World Economic Forum as an Outstanding Social Entrepreneur – Safia will speak to us about her work, the challenges and barriers we face today and the role of education in creating social change. We have also flown one of our successful alumni, Naomi Namara Karekaho from Uganda to join us and share the impact of Education for Sustainability in her work at the National Environment Management Authority in Uganda.

Draft agenda







Welcome and introduction

Prof Pat Bailey, Deputy VC, LSBU

CSC Commissioner


Panel discussion setting the context: reflections on the past, planning for the future


Followed by Q & A

Chair: Prof Stephen Sterling, Plymouth University


Dr Paul Vare, University of Gloucester

Prof Ros Wade, LSBU

Naomi Karekaho, EFS Alumni, National Environment Management Authority

Safia Minney, People Tree




The impact of the EFS programme: stories from current students and alumni

Current students and alumni


Sustainability at LSBU – Whole Earth Exhibition

James Whittingham, Sustainability Manager, LSBU


Lunch and student’s posters displayed 


The contribution of the UK Commonwealth Scholarship Commission to sustainable development



Workshops from NGOs/alumni/stakeholders


Plenary: Future challenges for EFS – delivering the Sustainable Development Goals

Prof Stephen Sterling, Plymouth University


Celebratory Reception – drinks and nibbles, presentation of certificates



Keynote Speaker

Professor Stephen Sterling, Plymouth University

Stephen Sterling is Professor of Sustainability Education at the Centre for Sustainable Futures, Plymouth University, UK. A former Senior Advisor to the UK Higher Education Academy on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD), and a National Teaching Fellow (NTF), he has worked in environmental and sustainability education in the academic and NGO fields nationally and internationally for over three decades, including as a consultant and advisor on UNESCO’S ESD programmes. He was Head of Sustainability Education at Plymouth till last year, when he went part-time, but remains a key part of the Centre for Sustainable Futures (CSF) which operates as part of Teaching and Learning Support. In this role he works with colleagues to support Plymouth’s record on and commitment to sustainability education, and continues research on aspects of ESD.  He remains chair of the university’s Sustainability Advisory Group, a subgroup of UEG, which oversees PU’s overall sustainability performance across teaching and learning, research, and campus operations.

Guest Panellists

Safia Minney, People Tree

Safia is recognised internationally as the pioneer of sustainable fashion and one of the best known people in the Fair Trade movement. She is also recognised by the World Economic Forum as an Outstanding Social Entrepreneur. Safia launched Global Village in 1991 in Japan out of which People Tree was born and then in London in 2000. She drove the business as CEO, Creative Director, Head of Fair Trade supply chain development and communications. People Tree was the first fashion company to achieve organic and Fair Trade certification in the world. The business brings social impact to over 5000 economically disadvantaged farmers, artisans & tailors. Safia is author of: By Hand; Naked Fashion – The Sustainable Revolution; Slow Fashion – Aesthetics meets Ethics and is currently working on ‘Slave to Fashion’ campaigning to day eradicate modern slavery. Safia is featured in the movie ‘True Cost’ as a leading spokesperson on the fashion industry and her pioneering work in delivering social change.

Naomi Namara Karekaho, National Environment Management Authority

Having spent 14 years in the communication and education sectors, Naomi firmly believes in how information can change lives and transform societies.  Currently, Naomi is the Corporate Communications Manager at the National Environment Management Authority (NEMA), a public institution that uses information to empower Uganda’s public to actively and proactively participate in how the country’s natural resources are utilised to ensure social and economic freedom. She successfully completed her MSc in Education for Sustainability from London South Bank University. 

Do you have questions about Celebrating 21 years of EfS? Contact London South Bank University

When & Where

London South Bank University
Clarence Centre for Enterprise and Innovation - Room DCG12/13
6 St George's Circus
SE1 6FE London
United Kingdom

Friday, 13 January 2017 from 09:30 to 18:00 (GMT)

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