• Radhika Iyengar

Victor Kobayashi Award for the Best Field-Based Initiative:



Sponsored by the Environmental and Sustainability Education Special Interest Group (ESE SIG) at CIES


The annual Victor Kobayashi Awards were instituted in 2020 to honor the legacy of Victor Nobuo Kobayashi (1932-2018) and his support for the Environmental and Sustainability Education Special Interest Group. A Professor Emeritus of Educational Foundations at the University of Hawaii, Dr. Kobayashi contributed to the field of comparative and international education for more than four decades. His presidential address at CIES in 2006 centers around the furies of human conflict and the devastation of the global environment that destruct our relationships with others and other creatures[1]. He calls for a revolution in comparative education that highlights the interconnectedness of life in the study and practice of education. The awards, therefore, are intended to encourage both research and field-based initiatives that advance the work in environmental and sustainability education.  Best field-based Initiative is an award given to the INGO/NGO/field-based organization, individual or group within an institution implementing an exemplary project in the area of environmental and sustainability education. The award acknowledges the critical field-based effort by any institution, individual or group within an institution working on a project on environmental and sustainability education. The winner of the award will be given an opportunity to give a brief presentation at the ESE SIG Business Meeting at the 2021 CIES Annual Conference. The Award Committee does not specify any particular field that will be given priority but preference will be given for an action-based project that has changed or has the potential for changing lives of disadvantaged and deprived sections of society. No special privileges will be given to any particular institution, gender, race/ethnicity or sexual orientation. Specific criteria for selection of the Organization/Group/Individual are: 1) Nominations/Submissions can be made by ESE SIG Members only. 2) The nominee must submit a specific project for consideration. The nomination should not detail an overall organization or multiple projects. 3) Eligible nominees need to be paid or volunteer workers of INGO, NGO or other field-based organizations. The nomination can be submitted by an individual, a group working on a project or an organization. The project should not be part of any corporate organization but might have availed of funds/support from such agency.  4) While not required, it is preferred that the project/innovation have an impact on a sizeable number of beneficiaries with evidence. Evidence that the project is easily replicable is also preferred but not required. 5) Nominees should submit a 3-5 page maximum, double spaced 12-point font summary of their work in English along with whatever evidence that supports their case (e.g. pictures, video-clippings, media coverage, snippets from a monitoring or evaluation report, brochure or project brief etc.) Supporting documents should not exceed 5 pages and video should not exceed three minutes. Videos and supporting documents need to be included as either attachments or links. No hard copies will be accepted. The summary should include information on the: a) nature/title of the project; b) motivation for the project; c) location of the project; d) duration of the project; e) approximate number of people impacted by the project; f) approximate cost involved in the project; and, g) sustainability of the project. Only electronically received copies will be considered. Submissions should include name(s), email ID(s) phone number(s), and a copy of the published article. Please email the article to cies.esd.sig@gmail.com by December 15th, 2020. Please also copy Radhika Iyengar at radhikaiyengar@gmail.comand Carine Verschueren at cv2343@tc.columbia.edu

[1]Kobayashi, V. (2007). Recursive patterns that engage and disengage: Comparative education, research and practice. Comparative Education Review, 51(3), pp. 261-280.

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