Education for Sustainable Development

UNESCO aims to improve access to quality education on sustainable development at all levels and in all social contexts, to transform society by reorienting education and help people develop knowledge, skills, values and behaviours needed for sustainable development. Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) is about including sustainable development issues, such as climate change and biodiversity into teaching and learning. Individuals are encouraged to be responsible actors who resolve challenges, respect cultural diversity and contribute to creating a more sustainable world.

There is growing recognition of ESD as an integral element of quality education and a key enabler for sustainable development in Viet Nam. As one of the world’s most vulnerable countries to climate change and natural disasters, Viet Nam’s current and future generations of students and teachers play an important role.

In 2014, UNESCO and the Ministry of Education and Training implemented several innovative educational programmes, improving understanding of potential disasters, climate change and sustainability planning. Building upon UNESCO and MOET’S join ESD Initiative, School Assessment and Preparedness Toolkits (in English and Vietnamese) have been distributed widely to more than 1000 schools across Viet Nam. With this, learners and educators have begun making positive changes in their lives in order to better prepare for the hazards and risks of natural disasters and climate change.

On a policy level, the Ministry of Education and Training (MOET) in partnership with UNESCO, committed to the Global Action Programme on ESD on Priority Action Area 1: Advancing Policy in 2016. Through the 2017 national project, UNESCO and MOET continue to jointly work to strengthen the knowledge, skills and capacities of Education Sector authorities and policymakers to enhance ESD policy development and implementation in Viet Nam and the region.

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