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Promoting Green Skills in the Caribbean: A Grenada–Canada Partnership to Educate and Train the Sustainable Development Practitioner for the Twenty-First Century

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Abstract

This chapter analyzes an institutional partnership (CAR-11) between two Canadian institutions and a Caribbean institution to develop a program in Environmental Sustainability Practices. The chapter starts by providing an overview of recent trends in international educational partnerships. The review shows that the scope of international partnerships has widened over the last decades, moving from the traditional student exchange model to longer-term institutional collaborations including, for instance, curriculum building and capacity development. The second section introduces the CAR-11 project in detail, including the project’s objectives, the partner selection process, and the main collaborative activities that have taken place during the partnership. The third section looks at some of the challenges that surfaced during the partnership’s implementation. The first challenge was allowing partners to work in partnership with each other and to reach a consensus on key concepts and methodologies. The second challenge turned out to be mitigating sociocultural differences between partners. The third challenge was the achievement of a balance between individual and institutional commitment. Perhaps because partnerships are formalized between institutions, and not individuals, there is a tendency to minimize the importance of individuals in ensuring the success of a partnership. The chapter concludes by stating that, to be successful, international educational partnerships need to be flexible enough to adjust to changing circumstances. This flexibility is made possible by promoting reciprocity between partner institutions, implementing initiatives that are in tune with national sociocultural contexts and by facilitating the involvement of individuals with a thorough understanding of their partners’ needs and realities.

Keywords

Grenada Canada International partnership Competency-based approach Sustainable development Applied research 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Centre d’initiation à la recherche et d’aide au développement durable (CIRADD)Cégep de la Gaspésie et des Îles - Campus de Carleton-sur-MerQuebecCanada
  2. 2.School of Continuing EducationT. A. Marryshow Community CollegeSt. George’sGrenada
  3. 3.Institute of Islands StudiesUniversiety of Prince Edward IslandCharlottetownCanada

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