Keys to successfully develop skills and values for Sustainable Development

The SITP (Swiss International Teachers' Program) focuses on several dimensions of ESD (Education for Sustainable Development), including the social, political, natural and economic aspects. It develops creative and flexible teaching/learning approaches. This page draws key lessons that can be adapted to other contexts.


Teaching the skills to create committed citizens

Sharing a vision of the world we want is important to foster commitment. Good practices depend upon citizenship and human rights, critical judgment and community responsibility.

The SITP initiative provides an ideal interactive learning environment. Real-life examples and the simulated world changed participants’ views. 

Educating with ICTs

Information & Communication Technologies (ICTs) permit developing nations to leapfrog forward through an exchange of information in real-time.

The SITP initiative used Ecosys a computer simulation tool to provide an alternate world for decision-making.

5 key assets of the SITP

  • Creativity in teaching/learning e.g., computer simulation program, mock passports, conferring "World Bank consultant" status on participants
  • Strong collaboration between all actors, private and public
  • Teamwork to anticipate and respond to changing circumstances (e.g. changes in personnel, travel plans, homesickness….)
  • Institutional support by the University
  • Continuity, historical memory, and continuous improvement

Read more success factors from other programmes and initiatives: download ESD Good Practices in Teacher Education Institutions

Changing our behaviours and values

The SITP aims to foster new attitudes, including:

  • care for each other and value social justice and peace
  • protect natural systems and use resources wisely
  • value appropriate development and satisfying livelihoods for all
  • fair and democratic decision means
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