Sustainable Development Goals Africa Programme

Urban Community Ownership & Local Implementation of the Global Goals

An SDG Programme presented by Gaia Education, Envirofly, UNESCO GAP, Igbenedion University, Kenyatta University

The UN Sustainable Development Goals  (SDGs) call for universal action to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure peace and prosperity for all.

By 2030, about 60% of the people in Africa will be living in cities, with numbers as high as 80% in some countries. This provides an excellent opportunity to link rapid urbanisation to sustainable national development, while promoting a whole-systems approach to social, economic and environmental prosperity.

SDG AP is being introduced at this time to complement, correspond with, and assist African educational institutions in setting a standard for promoting an integrated approach to education for sustainable development, as well as building capacity of the skilled workforce required to make African cities exemplars of SDG implementation.

According to the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) and the SDG Center for Africa (SDGC/A) Africa SDG Index published in 2018, progress towards the SDGs varies widely by country and region. In North Africa, four out of five countries with data are on track to achieving SDG 9 (industry, innovation and infrastructure) and half of the countries in Eastern Africa are on track to achieving SDG 15 (life on land). In Central, Southern and Western Africa, 30 of 35 countries with data are on track to meeting SDG 13 (climate action).
Although progress towards the SDGs is being made throughout Africa, no country is on track to meet SDGs 2 (zero hunger), 3 (good health and wellbeing), 4 (quality education), 11 (sustainable cities and communities) or 14 (life below water).


This programme aims to:

  • Sensitise and train local leaders and communities on the utilisation of the SDG framework as a guide for developing sustainable local solutions.
  • Provide competency-based education and training to provide employability skills and opportunities for tertiary education students and final year students of African Universities.
  • Train and involve local media in mobilising communities and disseminating information and knowledge on SDG  implementation cases.
  • Engage the private sector in developing locally based sustainable enterprises.
  • Strengthen multi-stakeholder learning and community engagement to accelerate sustainable solutions at local level.
  • Enhance the role of national and regional governments to provide learning opportunities for urban and local communities.


  • Five modules of interactive integrated learning of approximately one week duration each, including video, text, forum, online assignments, suggested activities, discussions and collaboration.
  • Five hours per week study-time, including content review, reflections, engagement with peers and other course activities.
  • Overall commitment of at least 25 to 30 hours for duration of the course.
  • Online moderators will track students engagement.
  • Optional live conferences and face-to-face events to work on projects within local/regional context.
  • Peer support through social media and the creation of local face to face meeting hubs (optional).

Learning Outcomes/ Modules

Participants will be able to…

  1. Name and describe the Sustainable Development Goals and Gaia Education’s 4-D Whole Systems Design approach to sustainability and regenerative capacity building.
  2. Identify the underlying beliefs, value systems and associated worldview that have led to a convergence of ecological, social, economic and cultural crises in the African context.
  3. Gain new perspectives on re-designing a more socially just, economically diverse, ecologically regenerative and spiritually fulfilling presence on Earth, within the planet’s natural carrying capacity.

Participants will be able to…

  1. Gain perspectives on participatory governance and maintain healthy relationships in groups and communities.
  2. Transform gender inequality and foster the acceptance of diversity to reach decisions that everyone can support.
  3. Assess issues of power, privilege and rank and how to be a participatory and collaborative member and leader in communities.

Participants will be able to…

  1. Provide a clear analysis of how growth is achieved by the exploitation of natural and human resources, and how this creates rapid resource depletion and the concentration of wealth and power, and stifles sustainable and regenerative development.
  2. Identify the dominant patterns of the existing system, and where to activate leverage points for change to provide for the wellbeing of its members.
  3. Recommend local, socially responsible economic development aligned with community values, and local businesses and services, legal structures and financial strategies which exhibit innovation and resilience.

Participants will be able to…

  1. Identify principles, approaches and methods for sustainable and regenerative localised food production systems integrated with the local context of place to alleviate hunger and help fight poverty.
  2. Apply the principles, approaches and methods for the design of integrated water and energy infrastructures, and systems that match appropriate technologies with sustainable ecological footprints.
  3. Explain the principles and practices of ecological building and construction and the design of regenerative neighbourhoods, settlements, towns and cities as well as restoration of natural ecosystems on land and water.

Participants will be able to…

  1. Assess the systems benefits and options for integrated design and development strategies.
  2. Anticipate outcomes, practical understanding, and resourcing through systemic design and development of regional case studies.
  3. Outline how to embed the SDGs within an integrated regenerative developmental partnership approach in the context of peace and justice.

Fees & Registration Details

– Module 1 is free

– Module 2, 3 and 4 is 30 USD

– Module 5 is 50 USD

– Buy the full course for 120 USD

You only get a certificate of completion at the end of completing the final course.

For payments, use international credit and debit cards

For local payments In Nigeria, use Paystack on the payment platform after registration

For local payments In Zambia, call: +260956515050; +260950004690; +260969239612; +260977498282;

To apply for this programme , complete the SDGAP Application Form provided below to register for the free module (Module 1)

  • Module 1 for free;
  • Module 2, 3, and 4 for 30 USD each;
  • Module 5 for 50 USD
  • Full course for 120 USD;

To register for the Free Module (Module 1) of the SDG African Programme, please fill in the form below.