Questionnaire on the future of Education for Sustainable Development

UNESCO/S. Khatri

What should the future of Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) look like? What issues should feature in a new ESD programme framework? Which of the many successful initiatives should be scaled up?

To collect ideas and help develop a new ESD programme framework as a follow-up to the UN Decade of ESD, UNESCO has launched an online questionnaire. Member States and other stakeholders are invited to respond to the questionnaire by 31 March 2013 and have their say on the future of ESD.

To achieve sustainable development, fundamental changes in the way people think and act are needed. Economic and technological solutions, political regulations and financial incentives are simply not enough. The crucial element for bringing about lasting change is education.

Countries acknowledged the importance of ESD in the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development.  In the outcome document, they made a commitment to strengthening Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) beyond the end of the UN Decade of ESD (2005-2014).

UNESCO’s vision of ESD is short and simple: ESD means including key sustainable development such as climate change and poverty reduction into teaching and learning. It also requires participatory teaching and learning methods that empower learners to take action for sustainable development. ESD allows learners to acquire the knowledge, skills, attitudes and values necessary to shape a sustainable future.  


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