Sustainability and Education

UNESCO, 2014

“Education for Sustainable Development allows every human being to acquire the knowledge, skills, attitudes and values necessary to shape a sustainable future.Education for Sustainable Development means including key sustainable development issues into teaching and learning; for example, climate change, disaster risk reduction, biodiversity, poverty reduction, and sustainable consumption. It also requires participatory teaching and learning methods that motivate and empower learners to change their behaviour and take action for sustainable development. Education for Sustainable Development consequently promotes competencies like critical thinking, imagining future scenarios and making decisions in a collaborative way. Education for Sustainable Development requires far-reaching changes in the way education is often practised today.”

 In 2015 all United Nations Member States adapted the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), a shared blueprint for peace and prosperity for people and the planet, now and into the future

Sustainability and Education: A Path towards a Better Future

In today’s world, the concept of sustainability has become increasingly important. As we face pressing environmental challenges such as climate change and resource depletion, it is imperative that we equip future generations with the knowledge and skills needed to address these issues. This is where education plays  a crucial role. Education is not just about acquiring knowledge; it is about shaping minds and instilling values. By integrating sustainability into the curriculum, we can foster  a generation of responsible global citizens who are aware of the impact of their actions on the environment and society.
However , ustainability education should not be limited to formal educational settings. It is equally important to promote lifelong learning and engage the broader community. Public awareness campaigns, workshops, and community events can raise awareness about sustainability issues and encourage individuals to take action in their daily lives. By fostering a culture of sustainability beyond the classroom, we can create lasting change.

Sustainability and education are two concepts that are becoming increasingly intertwined. As the world grapples with the challenges of climate change and environmental degradation, it is clear that education has a critical role to play in creating a more sustainable future. This can take many forms, from teaching students about the science behind climate change and the importance of biodiversity, to promoting sustainable practices in schools and communities. By incorporating sustainability into the curriculum, educators can help to foster a greater sense of responsibility and stewardshig among students.

In addition to formal education, there are also many opportunities for informal learning about sustainability. For example, community organizations and NGOs often offer workshops and events focused on sustainable living practices, while online resources provide access to a wealth of information about environmental issues.

Ultimately, sustainability and education are two sides of the same coin. By working together, we can create a more sustainable future for ourselves and for generations to come.

Key elements and questions clarified in our program

Sustainable education or sustainability in education?

 What are sustainability teaching method?

 What is the importance of sustainability for students?

What is a sustainable learning environment?

 Can we involve sustainability in the curriculum?

Three key concepts:

1.   Systems

2.   World views

3.   Futures


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