AESD, Education for Sustainable Development Association

Education for Sustainable Development Association (ESD Association) is a non-profit association set up in 2014. Currently it's made up of 53 members (2 universities, 3 postgraduate educational institutions, 3 colleges, 34 schools, 3 kindergartens, and 4 NGOs) from different regions of Belarus. They are aiming to contribute with educational practices to the main sustainability issues in the regions: ecological integrity, economic resilience and social welfare. A lot of attention is being paid to the issues of climate change and climate adaptation through inclusive participation of high school and university students, pedagogical and research community as agents of change in the transformation of the behavior and consumption patterns of the local communities and organizations. The idea of ESD Association was initiated by the participants of the Partnership of Sustainable Development Schools (more than 200 schools since 2010 ) and supported by other educational institutions related to the ecological education and teachers training.  Mission of ESD Association – the integrated support of educational initiatives for sustainable development and their promotion in the formal and non-formal education for all generations.

Dmitry Burenkin

Dmitry Burenkin is responsible for pilot activities in Minsk, Belarus: collaboration with stakeholders from NGO and local communities, monitoring and analysis of best practices in Adaptation to Climate Change in the pilot region. With a bachelor’s degree in Linguistic with Intensive Course on Energy advice and Energy efficiency and Climate course Dmitry has over 10 years’ management experience in projects in the field of energy and climate in Belarus. He oversees issues related to energy saving and construction, promotes ideas for the development of renewable energy in Belarus. Dmitry also has a broad experience in development of scenarios, strategies and plans in the field of Energy efficiency, renewable energy and Climate, preparation of Sustainable Energy Action Plans, police work and fundraising. Throughout his career, he has had the communicate with partners and donors such as European Union, UNDP, Sida, Norwegian Society for Nature Conservation, Nordic Council of Ministers and other. Outside of work Dmitry enjoys traveling with family, playing intellectual games and football.

Svetlana Biran

Svetlana Biran is responsible for coordination of pilot activities, stakeholders mapping and project outcomes dissemination in Minsk, Belarus. She coordinates the activities of educational and research institutions involved in the project in the pilot region. With a bachelor’s degree in geography and psychology Svetlana has over 20 years’ work experience in projects with focus on community development issues and Education for Sustainable Development. She has a broad experience in monitoring, assessment and development of sustainable development strategies in regions, capacity building of local authorities in territorial development and Education for SDGs.

Kate Sposab

Kate Sposab is responsible for aligning pilot activities in Belarus with activities in other TeRRIFICA pilot regions, for communication with project partners and dissemination of project activities. Kate is an expert at ESD Association and Ph. D. applicant in ESD area. She graduated from Minsk State Linguistic University in 2000 with a MA in Philology. Since 2000 she has been actively participating in the ecological and sustainable development movement in Belarus. Kate is an expert and trainer in areas of non-formal education: Outdoor Education for Youth, Behaviour Change related to Climate Change and Global warming, Energy-Efficiency, Promoting Patterns of Sustainable Behaviour within Local Communities. She has a good experience of coordinating European Youth Exchanges on Sustainability. At present she is an expert teacher at the Coordination Center “Education for Sustainable Development”, Belarusian State Pedagogical Maxim-Tank-University, and a project coordinator of RCE Belarus.