AESD, Education for Sustainable Development Association

With notice from August 2021, our consortium partner, the Belarusian NGO AESD, informed us that by the end of August 2021 their association will be liquidated by order of the state.

Many of the main activities in Belarus have been performed. Ongoing activities like data collection and developing climate change adaption activities will be reorganised in Belarus. The local partners still have a strong commitment to work on the topic and content of TeRRIFICA. We will consider to invite a replacement partner from Belarus to join the project. A Minsk local gymnasium was involved in all TeRRIFICA activities from the very beginning and made highly valuable contributions to the outcomes of the project. As a public entity it would not fall under the restrictions as NGO partner. This new partner then would take over the remaining tasks. Having a new partner in Belarus who is experienced in engaging with societal partners on climate change issues would be a good way to support the Belarusian society in addressing urgent (global) concerns in these difficult times.

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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.

Inesa Zubrylina

Graduated from Minsk State Linguistic University with a qualification of a teacher of English, have been working as a teacher since 2000. In 2011 won the National teacher`s contest and got a title “the National Teacher of Belarus”. In 2012 got a Google-teacher certificate. From 2013 till 2019 worked as a senior lecturer of the Institute of Professional Development, developed courses for foreign language teachers. Took part in different international projects, for example “Competences of Democratic Culture”, “Global Mobility” (UNDP), “Green Schools” and so on. Since August 2019 have been working as head of Coordination center “Education for Sustainable Development” in Belarusian State Pedagogical Universities.