Becoming Leaders in Sustainability Education

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Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) has gained traction as sustainable development becomes increasingly prioritised and included in national agendas. However in many classrooms across Asia, there lacks context-specific and pedagogically robust ways to educate students on how and why sustainability matters to them.

In this webinar Becoming Leaders in Sustainability Education, we hear from seven experienced educators across Asia on how they have understood and incorporated effective ESD lessons into their classroom, to prepare students for 21st century realities in their own contexts.

Live translations available in Vietnamese and Bahasa Indonesia.



This two-part webinar explores three core themes and seven specific topics in ESD uncovered in the accompanying educator handbook, Becoming Leaders in Sustainability Education:

  1. Developing curricula for sustainable development
    a. Seeds to Table: A holistic nutrition curriculum in Green Studies (Indonesia)
    b. Integrating sustainability, the environment, and community in the Bhutan Baccalaureate (Bhutan)
  2. Pedagogies that support learning about sustainable development
    a. Getting to Zero: A climate policy-based card game (Singapore)
    b. Understanding nature-based solutions through place-based learning (Vietnam)
    c. Addressing inequality for a more sustainable world (Philippines)
  3. Taking action for sustainable development.
    a. Tackling coastal erosion in the backyard (Thailand)
    b. Rubbish on Demand: Coding for waste management in Brunei (Brunei)

Explore actionable strategies and unique pedagogies for implementing ESD in the Asian classroom as tried and tested by these educators. Join us in this webinar on 24 & 25 Aug, 2pm – 4:30pm GMT+8.

This webinar is held in partnership with the Sustainability Learning Lab, part of the National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.

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Meet the Speakers

Series Moderator

Dr Tricia Seow is the Assistant Head of the Humanities and Social Studies Academic Group (HSSE) and is co-chair of the Sustainability Learning Lab at the National Institute of Education (NIE), Singapore. She is the Programme Leader for the Master of Arts in Humanities Education programme, and leads HSSE’s Professional Development programmes. She is a geography educator with 25 years of teaching experience in Singapore and overseas, and is especially interested in the signature pedagogies that support sustainability and environmental education. To this end, she has actively conducted research on field and classroom-based inquiry learning, place-based learning, engaging students in discussions around environmental data, and teachers’ practices in environmental/sustainability education.

Mr Thinley Wangchuk is an Assistant Lecturer at Samtse College of Education, affiliated with the Royal University of Bhutan. He teaches courses in History and Educational Pedagogy to pre-service teacher trainees, bringing four years of teaching experience to his role. Thinley is currently pursuing a Master of Arts and Humanities Education at the National Institute of Education under Nanyang Technological University since 2022. 

Ms Ida Rahayu is a teacher at Green School Bali and a founder of Cita Bumi Rahayu Foundation, an NGO focusing on education and sustainability. She started learning about Permaculture in 2016 and became passionate about practising it in her lifestyle and sharing it with her students as well as other schools in Bali. 

She founded the Seeds to Table Program and brought it into local schools where education on sustainability is much needed. Seeds to Table is an educational platform that provides the solutions to waste problems, unsustainable food production and unhealthy diets. She co-authored the book New Paradigm of Education Rising launched in January 2023, currently one of the best-selling books in the educational category.

Dr Ho Huu Loc is an Assistant Professor of Water Engineering and Management at the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT). Before joining the institute, he was Research Fellow at the Nanyang Environment and Water Research Institute (NEWRI) and the National Institute of Education (NIE) of Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. His professional experience in teaching, research and consultancy span over the last 10 years in Asia in the fields of Ecosystem Services, Nature-based Solutions, Hydrology and Physical Geography. He has actively participated in multiple domains of pedagogy work and has demonstrated a keen interest in the integration of water management and nature-based solutions in the field of school education. 

Ms Divine Mercy M. Go is a part of the Junior High School Faculty at De La Salle University Integrated School. She is currently teaching Asian History under the Social Science department. She completed her bachelor’s degree in Secondary Education at the Philippine Normal University majoring in History and is currently pursuing her master’s degree in Social Science Education at the same university. In her five years of professional experience, she has taught courses at the Senior High School for Humanities and Social Sciences, and also coached for a national competition in the Philippine Geography Olympiad. As a certified Apple Teacher and Microsoft Innovative Educator, she is equipped in integrating technology both in content and pedagogy.

Ms Aswanee Mathawee graduated from Thammasat University with a major in Linguistics and has been teaching since 2005. Currently, she is responsible for teaching English to Grade 12 students and managing the Intensive English Program at Narathiwat School. 

Mr Haji Muhammad Zuwaini bin Haji Aliyani is a Geography teacher at Ma’had Islam Brunei (Arabic School) with over 10 years of experience. In addition to Geography, he has taught subjects such as Social Studies and Business, Art, and Technology. He has held leadership positions within the school, including Head of Department for the General department. Currently, he serves as the Assistant Teacher in Curriculum, where he continues to play an integral role in developing and implementing the school’s academic programmes.

Washington DC: 2.00am – 4.30am
London: 7.00am – 9.30am
New Delhi: 11.30am – 1.30pm
Bangkok/Hanoi/Jakarta: 1.00pm – 3.30pm
Beijing/Manila/Singapore/Kuala Lumpur: 2.00pm – 4.30pm
Seoul/Tokyo: 3.00pm – 5.30pm
Sydney: 4.00pm – 6.30pm

Disclaimer: The views expressed by the speakers in this webinar series are their own and do not represent the opinions of The HEAD Foundation.

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He was an Independent Director and Chairman of the Audit Committee of CapitaCommercial Trust Management LTD from 2004 to 2013.

He is the current Chairman of Autism Association (Singapore) which he co-founded with a group of parents in 1992. He is also Vice-Chairman of Eden School, a special school for children with autism.

Mr Ho holds a Master’s degree from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and a Liberal Arts degree in Economics from Hamilton College, USA.

He has been a member of the Board of the Foundation since its incorporation.