Applied Sciences for Sustainable Development
SWISS APPLIED LEARNING PROGRAMME
APPLIED SCIENCES FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME
THE CONCEPT: SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT
The United Nations World Commission on Environment and Development released the report ‘Our Common Future’ in 1987. The report included what is now one of the most widely recognised definitions: “Sustainable development is development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.” Sustainable development is a discipline that combines many fields in order to solve problems faced by mankind. It takes into account economic, environmental and social factors (3 pillars) in coming out with a solution.
Rio+20 – United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development
Our Swiss Applied Learning Programme (ALP) will specifically look at how applied sciences support innovations for sustainable development.
Educating our youths about sustainable development and how they contribute to its achievement helps ensure our future.
The Swiss ALP provides students with opportunities to be exposed to different areas of Sciences. It will integrate classroom learning with real-life applications and encourage students to explore how innovations in science and technology can contribute to sustainable development for mankind.
The design of the programme adopts the 3A (Awareness, Action, Advocacy) approach where each stage provides students with increasing depth of thinking and understanding. Students will first learn about sustainable developments through lesson and activities and apply it through the enrichment and specialisation programmes. Students who have been through the programme will eventually be advocates for sustainable development in the later stages. An illustration of the 3A approach is shown below.
The Swiss ALP consists of the following key programmes/projects at each level: