RCE Borderlands Mexico-USA - 2018

CURRENT PROJECT 2. Transformation Press: Publications for Sustainable Development
Basic Information
Title of project : 
CURRENT PROJECT 2. Transformation Press: Publications for Sustainable Development
Submitting RCE: 
RCE Borderlands México-USA
Contributing organization(s) : 
° Transformation Press

° Living Lab/Centro de Diálogo y Transformación

° RCE Kano
Focal point(s) and affiliation(s)
Lic. Rosa María Hernández Martínez
Organizational Affiliation: 
Transformation Press
Carolina López C., Ph.D.
Organizational Affiliation: 
Living Lab/Centro de Diálogo y Transformación Inc.
Usman M. Mareri
Organizational Affiliation: 
RCE Kano
Ajitha K. Nayar, Ph.D.
Organizational Affiliation: 
1) Living Lab/Centre for Dialogue & Transformation- Kerala Branch, 2)Government of the State of Kerala, #9 Indian Institute of Information Technology & Management
Format of project: 
Publications are generally created in electronic form- in PDF, and in hard copy, i.e. book, articles, journals, manuals, etc.
Language of project: 
Spanish, English, Hausa, French, German, Russian, Arabic & others on request
Date of submission:
Saturday, October 20, 2018
1) Agenda 2030 2) UN Sustainable Development Goals
At what level is the policy operating?: 
Geographical & Education Information
1) Chihuahua, Chih. México; 2) Trivandrum, Kerala India, 3) through RCE Kano, Nigeria

We are a bilingual/multilingual publisher specializing in Sustainable Development & Education for Sustainable Development products.
Target Audience:
Community, Higher, Primary, Secondary, Teacher Ed., TVET, Youth (Informal)
Publications are created to address the topics and the 'Level of Education' on request.
Socioeconomic and environmental characteristics of the area : 
Since our publications may be accessed and used around the world, the socioeconomic and environmental characteristics vary greatly.

The demographics of those using our ESD publications include Ministries of Education, school districts, teachers and students.

Those reading the SD publications should include Ministries of Development, of Agroculture, and so on. A second group making use of these publications will include communities seeking to move toward sustainable development.
Description of sustainable development challenge(s) in the area the project addresses: 
Since the published materials are to be offered worldwide, the specific challenges vary greatly.

A broad summary would include human development, environmental restoration and sustainable usage, and sustainable economic development.
January, 2017
The rationale is to create and offer high quality published materials pertaining to Sustainable Development and Education for Sustainable Development to be offered and utilized worldwide.

We hope to be the organizers of set of inter-RCE projects designed to create culturally-relevant materials in all the UN languages, in Hausa and in other languages on request.

If the RCE Community organizers are in agreement, we hope to offer electronic copies of the publications free of charge for users worldwide by uploading them to the RCE website.
° To create world-class SD and ESD publications in all the UN languages and in others on request.

° To make these materials available electronically to users worldwide.

° To create, publish and disseminate high quality materials in a cost-effective manner.

° To earn enough from the sale of hard copies so that Transformation Press will be self-sustaining.
Activities and/or practices employed: 
° Needs Analysis of communities that require Education for Sustainable Development materials. While scientific materials relating to sustainable development can be published by Transformation Press at the expert level, we aim to prioritize the publication and dissemination of teaching materials designed to provide knowledge, skills, values and attitudes, which we hope will translate into behaviors that will enhance sustainable development in learners around the world.

° Research and Literature Review in the topical areas to be addressed by each publication

° In-depth analysis and mining of existing high-quality ESD materials with the purpose of a) providing links to them and b) of strengthening SD instructional materials through our publications and making them available worldwide.
° Drafting, re-drafting, refereeing, critiquing, editing and re-editing
° Transformation Press is committed to producing world class ESD and SD materials. As such, we submit our work to renowned global experts, and we edit and redraft until ‘expert’ status is granted to our work. It is only at this point where we issue and disseminate our publications.
Size of academic audience: 
Audience in Chihuahua, México, the first publication— …Sustainable Development Goals Teachers’ Resource Book is being piloted by students fulfilling their Practicum requirements. The book has also been made available to Secretariat of Public Education’s
° An important result of Transformation Press’ first project was to enable a selected group of English majors at Autonomous University of Chihuahua to publish a book which, after fourteen rounds of revision, was presented to the RCE community at the 2017 Global Conference in Okayama, Japan. The back-and-forth processes of writing and publishing an edited, refereed book has led to a self-discovery in our Young Authors of their own greatness and of their limitless capacity to work for the greater good. This has allowed them to grow immeasurably as human beings. It has also sown in many of them a lifelong commitment to Sustainable Development and to Sustainability Education. Thank you RCE Community for honoring the very arduous work of our talented young people!

° A further result of the first Transformation Press project lies in the graciousness of the RCE Community in allowing us to make the teaching materials available for educators worldwide by uploading it to the RCE website. Thank you!

° The aforementioned are the primary results of the pilot publication. At RCE BMU, we humbly ask that the RCE Community allow us to coordinate and to publish ESD materials through a series of inter-RCE collaborative projects, as we believe that these materials can provide a great boost to Education for Sustainable Development worldwide.
Lessons learned: 
° One of the greatest lessons learned by the Young Authors is that they are capable of creating for the greater good much beyond the limits that they may have held unconsciously in their minds. The discovery that they have been able to produce this book at offer it worldwide had allowed them to grow immeasurably in their self-confidence, and in their commitment to Education for Sustainable Development.

° Through the fourteen rounds of editing, refereeing and re-drafting, the Young Authors learned that it takes a great deal of commitment to reach excellence, that if they truly want to be on the cutting edge, they must submit their work to critique beyond themselves and beyond the requirements of ‘the usual university course.’ During the long process of drafting and re-drafting, the editors of the book were sometimes seen as ‘the bad guys,’ demanding that the students re-work and perfect their input in response to the critical eye of referees and others. We hope that they now understand that the high level of demand was exacted on them in order to encourage them to work at their highest possible level.

° The Young Authors also learned to take criticism, which is not necessarily easy for any human being. The first round of editing was always conducted among classmates-- among the Young Authors themselves. For many, it was initially very difficult to have their work critiqued by their peers. They eventually learned to take the peer-to-peer critique fairly well. Further critique by ‘unknown referees’ and by their editors always meant more work for them, as they were asked to re-draft their chapters in light of these professional-level critiques. Naturally, this brought about some stress among the Young Authors. However, now that their book is published, we hope that they appreciate the level of demand placed on them at their young age to produce world class material.

° The Young Authors lived through the typical rigorous academic publication process. It was likely a shock to some of them, but they stuck with it, and they managed to get themselves published. We hope that several of them will choose to enter post-graduate studies, and to produce first-class ESD research and materials in the future.
Key messages: 
° We are capable of great things if we are willing to stick with the process, to receive constructive criticism, and to produce at our highest level.

° As authors, and as people committed to sustainable development, each of us has a great deal of agency as proactive subjects in the process of transformation toward a truly sustainable world.
Relationship to other RCE activities: 
° RCE BMU works throughout the borderlands region in the areas of Sustainable Development and Education for Sustainable Development. As such, the Transformation Press book on ESD—produced by RCE BMU Youth—has arisen organically from the daily activities of Living Lab/Centro de Diálogo y Transformación, from Curriculum and Design in ESD students at the University of Chihuahua, and from the activities of RCE BMU in general.
° Mexican federal government funding from the Secretariat of Public Education granted to researcher Prof. Dr. Carolina López C.

° Money from then pocket of Prof. Dr. Carolina López C.

° Living Lab/Centre for Dialogue & Transformation- Kerala Branch, and Government of the State of Kerala, India have graciously funded the publication of hard copies of the book.

° Income from the sale of hard copies of Transformation Press' publications.


File Name Caption for picture Photo Credit
Image icon 1. Ramón & ZF. Japón. 12-2017.jpg (80 KB) RCE BMU Youth Coordinator and Young Author Ramón Hernández gifting the book to Dr. Zinaida Fadeeva, UNU-IAS, at the 2017 Global RCE Conference in Okayama, Japan. Ramón Hernández
Image icon 2. Back Cover. TP's 1st Publication.jpg (191.08 KB) Back Cover of Transformation Press’ first ESD publication titled United Nations Sustainable Development Goals Teachers’ Resource Book, written by the Young Authors-RCE BMU Youth, in collaboration with the Autonomous University of Chihuahua. Rosa María Hernández Martínez
Image icon 3. Legal Page. TP's 1st publication.jpg (380.74 KB) The Legal Page of Transformation Press’ first ESD publication, the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals Teachers’ Resource Book. Transformation Press
References and reference materials: 
UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
(https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/sdgs) and other themes of Education for Sustainable Development (ESD)
SDG 1 - End poverty in all its forms everywhere 
SDG 2 - End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition, and promote sustainable agriculture 
SDG 3 - Ensure healthy lives and promote wellbeing for all at all ages 
SDG 4 - Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all 
SDG 5 - Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls 
SDG 6 - Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all 
SDG 7 - Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all 
SDG 8 - Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment, and decent work for all 
SDG 9 - Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialisation, and foster innovation 
SDG 10 - Reduce inequality within and among countries 
SDG 11 - Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable 
SDG 12 - Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns 
SDG 13 - Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts 
SDG 14 - Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development 
SDG 15 - Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification and halt and reverse land degradation, and halt biodiversity loss 
SDG 16 - Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels 
SDG 17 - Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalise the global partnership for sustainable development 
Disaster Risk Reduction 
Traditional Knowledge  
Curriculum Development 
Plants & Animals 
Global Action Programme (GAP) on Education for Sustainable Development – Priority Action Areas
Priority Action Area 1 - Advancing policy 
Priority Action Area 2 - Transforming learning and training environments 
Priority Action Area 3 - Building capacities of educators and trainers 
Priority Action Area 4 - Empowering and mobilizing youth 
Priority Action Area 5 - Accelerating sustainable solutions at local level