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Manuals, Toolkits & Guides

SDGs Curriculum Book 'Educating Global Citizens' by RCE Hangzhou

In January 2020, RCE Hangzhou co-published an ESD curriculum collection book, 'Educating Global Citizens', with the Hanns Seidel Foundation and Green Zhejiang. The book is based on a side event at the 12th Asia-Pacific RCE Regional Meeting – the 'Earth Successor' SDG Curriculum & Field Trip Roadshow organised by RCE Hangzhou. It contains 26 primary, secondary, and high school curriculums and field trip itineraries, designed for each of the SDGs.

As a curriculum book to guide ESD, the book focuses on the 17 SDGs and uses a variety of detailed cases to describe how to design and implement ESD courses. In the SDG 2 curriculum, students can understand Zero Hunger by learning the historical origins of major foods and how plants were gradually domesticated through the study of oracles; in the SDG 6 curriculum, students can understand Clean Water and Sanitation through the exploration of the importance of local freshwater sources; in the SDG 14 curriculum, students can understand Life below Water through rich natural exploration methods, such as comparing and analysing the characteristics of marine resources protection between China and the United States. Through the various experiential learning activities outlined in the book, students can learn from the application of the 17 SDGs to real-life scenarios and closely integrate theory and hands-on experience.

Dr. Gendong Shi, Executive Director of the National Working Committee of the UNESCO China ESD Project, and Director of the Asia-Pacific Center for ESD, wrote the preface for this book. He recommended the book as a very useful tool for teachers to educate students on sustainable development topics. He commented that the book inspires readers and piques their interest in sustainable development; it guides learners to experience the concept of 'learning sustainable development' and the process of moral internalisation through a variety of visual and hands-on activities. Download the publication (available in Chinese) here.

United Nations Sustainable Development Goals Teachers’ Resource Book by RCE Borderlands México-USA

The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals Teachers’ Resource Book has been written over the course of one year by English Language Majors enrolled in the ‘Programs and Design in Education for Sustainable Development’ course (Programa y Diseño en Educación para el Desarrollo Sustentable) taught by Prof. Dr. Carolina López C. at the Autonomous University of Chihuahua in North Central México. Collaborating organisations include Living Lab/Centro de Diálogo y Transformación Inc. and Regional Centre of Expertise on Education for Sustainable Development (RCE) Borderlands México-USA.

The Resource Book constitutes a sincere effort to bring Education for Sustainable Development materials to the borderlands region in order to offer awareness, knowledge, values, skills and attitudes that will transform into behaviours, lifestyles and commitments designed to help usher in an era of sustainable development for the human community and the planet. Read more

RCE Mentoring Package for new RCEs by RCE Greater Portland

These resources are based on the core details provided on the RCE Network website and discovered through the development process of RCE Greater Portland (aka, the Greater Portland Sustainability Education Network [GPSEN]). Credit for this work is shared with the various mentors, stakeholders, committees, and Board of Directors. We hope that these efforts can help you work through your own core questions and processes. We had many of the same questions when we started. While every RCE is unique, based on its own regional challenges and resources, we hope that these tools will help you not have to recreate the wheel. Read more

The Barefoot Guide Connection

This is a growing collection of freely downloadable Barefoot Guides in a variety of languages (Spanish and Portuguese for example), a resource library of practical exercises, tools and readings as well as online and face-to-face conversations and workshops on learning and social change. Read more

ESD Toolkit

The ESD Toolkit will help schools and communities develop a process for creating locally relevant and culturally appropriate education. This Toolkit is based on the idea that communities and educational systems need to dovetail their sustainability efforts. Ideally, local educational systems can reorient existing curriculums to reinforce local sustainability goals. The ESD Toolkit is an easy-to-use manual for beginning the process of combining education and sustainability. ESD Toolkit

Advocacy Toolkit for SDG 16

This advocacy toolkit for SDG 16 on "Peaceful, Just and Inclusive Societies and Accountable Institutions" provides civil society and other nongovernmental stakeholders with guidance on how to engage with their governments and other local, regional or international stakeholders. Download the toolkit here

The Open Government Guide Special Edition: Implementing the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda

To support OGP countries’ pledge to use future national action plans to spur progress across the 17 SDGs, the OGP Support Unit and the Transparency and Accountability Initiative present this special edition of the Open Government Guide.  Read more

Manual for evaluating and monitoring partnerships, UNESCO and WEF

This manual is for practitioners of multi-stakeholder partnerships for education. These are voluntary initiatives involving government, business and civil society players to seek to bring about positive change in education towards the Education for ALL goal. Read more

UNESCO Guide for evaluating and monitoring community-based projects

Although published in 2009, this guide is still useful for anyone setting up, planning or working with community development projects. Read more