Teachers have the power to create the future. Therefore, KDP aims to inspire teachers to prepare learners for future global challenges. According to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), those challenges can only be met through a transformation in education that leads to the achievement of critical global sustainability goals. A quality education, listed among UNESCO’s 17 sustainable development goals, is one that “aims to ensure quality learning outcomes for all.” A quality education integrates an understanding of eco-social planetary issues through hands-on, project-based, student-centered learning. The outcome is an education for a sustainable future. Students who are equipped with a quality education will have the ability, ambition, and know-how to shape a world that works for every person and every creature, now and into the future.
What is sustainable development? The ability to meet the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. (Brundtland Report) Let’s prepare the next generation to be a sustainable generation through Education for Sustainability!
KDP Endorses Education for Sustainability (EfS)
KDP, as a non-governmental organization (NGO) affiliated with the United Nations, is proud to advocate for the advancement of education for sustainability. While we have made some progress, we can’t do it alone. As educators and citizens of the global community, you play a critical role, not only with your students but also in your own commitment to increase actions that lead to a more sustainable way of life—in the community, in classrooms and schools, and at home. For change to happen, we must model change through our hearts, minds, and actions.
Join us in creating a sustainable future!
Online Global Forum on ESD for Teacher Educators
The Online Global Forum on Education for Sustainable Development for Teacher Educators is specifically designed to meet the need for continuing professional development of teacher educators who work with pre-service and in-service teachers of primary and secondary schools. This online forum brings together voices from the Global South with voices from the Global North to discuss current educational topics and major threats to global sustainability as well as education’s role in achieving the global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
This online forum will focus on educational themes (e.g., systems thinking, pedagogy, and assessment) and teaching about current threats to global sustainability (e.g., climate change and social equity). New thematic units will be posted to the forum 10 times per year. Each thematic unit will include online videos, activities, and online discussions as well as live discussions with ESD experts. Videos, activities, and discussions will include practical topics, such as how to integrate sustainability into existing teacher-preparation courses, and good practices.
This global forum is an open access platform. Click here to access all videos, materials, and resources are available at no cost to the participant.