The present and future of education for sustainable development: a fact sheet
by M.M. Sulphey
International Journal of Environment, Workplace and Employment (IJEWE), Vol. 5, No. 3, 2019

Abstract: The history of environment education (EE) and its subsequent version education for sustainable development (ESD) can be traced back to environmentalist movement of the early 1960s, when widespread concerns were expressed about environmental degradation. ESD is the learning about new value orientations, choices and political decisions that one makes in various spheres of operation. It is the broad understanding of how each subject, irrespective of any discipline, relates to the environment, economy, and equity within societies. It aims at creating a better future such that the present generation engages adequately for their well-being, while simultaneously striving for a better quality-of-life for the future generations. Further, ESD strives to empower students to harmoniously blend a sense of 'connection, purpose, relevance and meaning' across various academic disciplines; and integrate their skills, knowledge as well as values. It also needs to inculcate in them the ability to think critically. The study presents the position of ESD in a few selected countries. If ESD is to be successful, the current educational process need to be thoroughly reoriented with sustainability as the focal point.

Online publication date: Tue, 05-Nov-2019

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