UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azoulay has named the three winners of this year’s UNESCO-Japan Prize on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD): the Camphill Community Trust in Botswana, the Sustainable Amazon Foundation (Brazil) and the city of Hamburg (Germany). Each of the three laureates will receive an award of US $50,000, in a ceremony that will take place at UNESCO Headquarters on 15 November, within the framework of the General Conference of UNESCO.
Botswana’s Camphill Community Trust is recognised for its school and community-based Integrated Learning for Living and Work Programme, which offers services for youth with intellectual and developmental disabilities who have not progressed in mainstream education.
Through an integrated experience of environment, society and economy, the program allows learners with special needs to acquire vocational skills such as horticulture, catering and crafts, functional skills such as literacy, numeracy and IT as well as personal and social skills. During their training, learners take part in a permaculture program which includes tree and crop planting and harvesting skills.