Shangrila Institute for Sustainable Communities
SISC is a registered independent Chinese non-governmental organisation which traces its roots to Diqing Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, where in 1996 key staff members started work on nature conservation and community development projects, as part of a national ESD (Education for Sustainable Development) programme. Originally established as WWF China’s education programme, the Shangri-la Institute has accumulated 15 years experience working to promote Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) in China, in both the formal and non-formal education settings, by supporting projects that empower schools and local communities to engage in sustainable development.
In its capacity as WWF China’s education programme, the core team of SISC initiated and successfully managed the Environmental Educators’ Initiative (EEI), a ten year two million US dollar national project (1996-2006), which, in partnership with the Ministry of Education of China, developed ESD Centres in 21 Teacher Training Universities across China, and helped to implement Environmental Education curriculum reaching some 200 million students across the country.
SISC works to promote eco-living and sustainable development, and over the years it developed strong links with the Chinese Ministry of Education (MoE), the People’s Education Press, UNESCO, Earth Charter, Swarovski, Oxfam Novib, IUCN, local and national government departments, nature reserves, communities, schools, universities, and monasteries in different regions of China.