As part of the worldwide program Education for Sustainable Development, the UNESCO-Japan Prize on Education for Sustainable Development honors projects by individuals, institutions or organizations from around the world that have been particularly successful in implementing education for sustainable development. The focus lies on innovative and transformative approaches that drive individual and social change, while taking into account the ecological, economic, and social dimensions of sustainability.
One of the three 2019 winners is the Camphill Community Trust (Botswana), which offers a school- and community-based program for young people with intellectual and developmental disabilities who have little opportunity in the regular educational landscape. Through an integrated experience in environment, society, and economy, the program enables students with special needs to acquire professional skills such as horticulture, gastronomy, and crafts, functional skills such as reading, writing, arithmetic and IT, as well as personal and social skills. Part of the training is an agricultural course based on the principles of permaculture, which provides knowledge about natural ecosystems and cyclic processes in nature.