257 Education for Sustainable Development in Formal Education

Part 1: September 12-30, 2011
Part 2: Nov. 21 - Dec. 2, 2011 / Dec. 5 - 16, 2011
Part 1: Stockholm and Uppsala, Sweden
Part 2: WESSA (SADC-REEC), South Africa / CEE, India
Number of participants
Target Region
Closing date for applications
February 7, 2011


The United Nations has declared the period 2005 – 2014 as the Decade of Education for Sustainable Development and UNESCO has been given the responsibility to coordinate and advocate education reforms where the linkages between environmental, social and economical dimensions of life are given special attention and where democracy and equity are mainstreamed throughout the education system. In most countries there are ongoing processes of developing or implementing national strategies for sustainable development. Many countries are developing locally education programmes based on broad national framework documents. These processes include most dimensions of the formal education system such as policy, strategy, curricula, teacher training and material development. They often involve several sectors of society and links government authorities to non-government organizations.


- To develop a critical understanding of Sustainable Development.
- To explore a range of educational approaches in theory and practices relevant to ESD.
- To understand the institutional frameworks that influences the integration of ESD within formal education.
- To enhance participants' capacity to understand and participate in change processes linked to ESD in formal education.
- To create an opportunity for networking internationally and nationally among ESD practitioners.

Target Group

The training programme provides a meeting place for professionals involved in ESD in the formal education sector coming from southern Africa and southern and eastern Asia. The programme focus on a number of priority countries (see programme brochure).

The target group includes formal education professionals including policy makers, curriculum developers, school inspectors, senior school managers, teacher trainers, material developers and NGOs supporting formal education.



- Pre-programme assignment where participants are asked to complete an audit of their institution's work related to EE & ESD including a draft plan for a Change Project.

- Understanding sustainable development.

- Educational responses for sustainable development.

- Institutional frameworks in formal education.

- Change Processes in institutional settings.



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