Issues and trends in education for sustainable development

Issues and Trends in Education for Sustainable Development (UNESCO 2018) is about ‘empowering learners to take informed decisions and responsible actions for environmental integrity, economic viability and a just society, for present and future generations, while respecting cultural diversity.’

By implementing ESD we will help the world reach the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals.

In the introduction the authors note:

The concept of ESD was born from the need for education to address the growing environmental challenges facing the planet. In order to do this, education must change to provide the knowledge, skills, values and attitudes that empower learners to contribute to sustainable development. At the same time, education must be strengthened in all agendas, programmes and activities that promote sustainable development. In short, sustainable development must be integrated into education and education must be integrated into sustainable development. ESD is holistic and transformational education and concerns learning content and outcomes, pedagogy and the learning environment (UNESCO, 2014).

This is a detailed report that covers:

  • Part 1: understanding ESD - including key competencies and key themes in ESD; and
  • Part 2: Implementing ESD - including advancing policy; building capacities of educators and trainers; and accelerating sustainable solutions at the local level.

Click here to read the report.