The ESD Okayama Award rewards outstanding ESD practices in local communities around the world to support organisations carrying out ESD activities and to promote ESD to local communities globally through showcasing their initiatives. The Award has been presented annually since 2015.
This year, 118 applications from 48 countries/regions were accepted. After the first round, 10 applications were selected as finalists, and two projects were awarded as winners in the final stage.
Okayama City (Japan) and the ESD Okayama Award Steering Committee are pleased to announce the winners of ESD Okayama Award 2021:
- ‘Streets to Schools’ for its project ‘Ladders to Literacy’ (Republic of the Philippines)
- ‘Triple-P – Partners for People and Planet’ for its project ‘Wise Wayz Water Care’ (Republic of South Africa)
The ESD Okayama Award 2021 Ceremony took place as part of the hybrid event ‘Okayama ESD Forum’ on 20 November, 2021. In Okayama City, the local high school, university students, and representatives from ESD-related organisations participated, with representatives from across the world including the Philippines, South Africa, Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal, the Kingdom of Spain, Republic of Indonesia, and Republic of Malawi. The mayor of Okayama City, Mr. Masao Omori, delivered the congratulatory speech, and the Chairperson of the ESD Okayama Award Steering Committee (Chairperson of the Okayama ESD Promotion Commission), Mr. Hiroshi Abe, explained the factors for each project winning the award. Ms. Ntswaki Ditlhale, the Co-Founder and Executive Director of ‘Triple-P – Partners for People and Planet’ and Mr. Qjiel Giuliano Mikhl Z. Mariano, the founder of ‘Streets to Schools’ made presentations about their projects.
The award ceremony and presentations are available to view on YouTube here (in English).
For more detailed information about the winners, please visit Okayama City’s Award web page here.