Associate Professor Aida MAMMADOVA from Organization of Global Affairs of Kanazawa University has been honored with the UNESCO-Japan Prize on education for sustainable development for her project “Intergenerational Learning on ESD to revitalize remote communities inside Japanese UNESCO Biosphere Reserves and Geopark.” Tatsuhiro SHIOKAWA, Trustee of Kanazawa University，attended the award ceremony that took place at the 42nd UNESCO General Conference held in Paris on November 9, 2023.
The UNESCO-Japan Prize on education for sustainable development is an award program initiated by UNESCO and financially supported by the Japanese government since 2014. It aims to motivate ESD practitioners worldwide to undertake better initiatives and to promote outstanding projects globally. Starting from 2021, every two years, three projects are selected, and the winning institutions receive a grant of 50,000 US dollars each. The three laureates were selected from 92 nominations, submitted by the governments of 51 member states and 7 organizations in official partnership with UNESCO. This is the second case a Japanese institution has received the award since its establishment.
※“Intergenerational Learning on ESD to revitalize remote communities inside Japanese UNESCO Biosphere Reserves and Geopark”
Project Overview：This project utilizes registered UNESCO Biosphere Reserves and Geopark areas for the implementation of ESD practices. The project was initiated in 2015 by Associate Professor Aida MAMMADOVA from Kanazawa University, in collaboration with Takashi YAMAGUCHI from the local NPO Hakusan Shiramine Nature School. The project focuses on fostering intergenerational interactions between students and local residents in depopulated rural areas with aging populations. These interactions lead to positive changes in the values and behavior of both generations and contribute to the revitalization of the region to achieve a sustainable society.