Córdoba will implement Comprehensive Environmental Education

The Legislature of the Province approved the bill through which it adhered to the National Law of Comprehensive Environmental Education.

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During the session of the legislature on June 29 of this year, Law No. 10,823 was approved. This incorporates comprehensive Environmental Education with a perspective of sustainable development as a public policy.

In turn, it establishes the Ministry of Education and the Secretary of the Environment as enforcement authorities. Its role will be to design and implement actions aimed at incorporating this perspective in the field of formal, non-formal and informal education.

During the sessions in the Committee on Environmental Affairs, several civil society organizations made contributions and highlighted the value of membership. From Fundeps we recommend the incorporation in the institutional architecture of the Committee for the Executive Coordination of the Jurisdictional Strategy. Let us remember that this authority is in charge of designing the content of the strategy to implement Comprehensive Environmental Education.

Likewise, we consider it opportune to incorporate the local Consultative Council into the project as a device for citizen participation of groups and organizations of civil society (among others), in the development and management of educational public policies. This body is incorporated in the National Law.

This process turned out to be valuable, since the text that was finally approved emerged from it. The first of the recommendations was incorporated into articles 4 and 5 of the law. As for the Council, it was not incorporated as such. However, the Committee was empowered to request collaboration from trade union organizations, teachers, representatives of the student, scientific, academic and civil society sectors (among others) that express an interest in comprehensive environmental education. Although its incorporation as a stable body with effective participation would have been opportune, given that as stated this possibility is subject to the decision of the Committee, the truth is that this consultative power can become a duty in the terms required by the Agreement from Escazu.


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Juan Bautista López, juanbautistalopez@fundeps.org

*Photograph taken from the press of the Government of Córdoba