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Linking Culture, Education and Sustainability: Good Practices and Experiences from Around the World (UNESCO)
The International Research Institute in Sustainability (IRIS) invites you to discover the new website of the UNESCO supported project: Linking Culture, Education and Sustainability: Good Practices and Experiences from Around the World.
Launched in September 2010, the project aims to collect, analyse and share learning experiences that articulate cultural, socio-economic and environmental dimensions of sustainability. It was established as a contribution to the UN Decade in Education for Sustainable Development (2005-2014).
The project website offers an opportunity for policy-makers and practitioners to learn about the Culture/ESD interface as an emerging field of practise and research. It showcases a wide range of projects from across the globe, that are rich in details and innovative in terms of how they have integrated cultural diversity components in ESD.
The website includes:
- A project introduction and context
- A selection of examples of good practice
- Project findings and key lessons learnt (to be uploaded shortly)
- A range of relevant resources including images , videos and reports
- An opportunity to join the network of practitioners
To help with the navigation, they have developed a matrix which summarizes the characteristics of the different projects featured on the webpages. They have also included abstracts and related material for each of the project showcased.
Australian Apprenticeship Sustainability Sample Training Programs Brochure (AU)
Australian Apprenticeship Sustainability Sample Training Programs (AU)
Australian Sustainability Education Resources (AU)
Australian higher education institutions are implementing a range of learning programs and initiatives addressing sustainability challenges. This emerging site enables academic staff to find effective practice and resources for teaching sustainability, and enables university leaders and policy makers to access resources on implementing programs in sustainability, staff development initiatives and embedding sustainability in policy. Most resources are from Australia, but some are international.
Disciplinary Associations Network for Sustainability (U.S.)
Sponsored by the U.S. Partnership for Education for Sustainable Development, the Disciplinary Associations Network for Sustainability (DANS) is an informal network of professional associations working on:
Click on the above link to read more about DANS, their projects and to view their resources on education for sustainability.
- Professional development for association members
- Educating the public about sustainability
- Curricula, standards and tenure requirements to reflect sustainability
- Legislative briefings on what higher education can bring to sustainability related polices
- Cross disciplinary projects on education for sustainability
Do-It-Yourself Plans for Solar Space and Water Heating (U.S.)
Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) Project (AU)
The Higher Education Academy has developed the Education for Sustainale Development (ESD) Project with the purpose of helping institutions and subject communities develop curricula and pedagogy that will give students the skills and knowledge to live and work sustainably. Click the above link for information on the ESD Project including their goals:
- To research and support the development of ESD in the HE sector, particularly within subject communities;
- To build capacity amongst individuals, subject communities and institutions to embed ESD in curricula and pedagogy; and
- To assist the coordination and dissemination of policy, research and practice relating to ESD in institutions, the Higher Education Academy and the wider field.
Environmental Literacy and Sustainability as Core Requirements: Success Stories & Models (U.S.)
This chapter reviews some successful models for requirements and strategies to infuse the curricula with environmental literacy, social responsibility and sustainability. These models and strategies include degree requirements, infusion across the curricula, development of interdepartmental minors, sustainability in other sectors as the latent curricula, and integration into the mission statement. This chapter also includes a discussion of implications from the national surveys, a list of needs for future research, a highlighted course curricular project useful for a variety of disciplines, and additional resources for the educator or researcher. Click on the above link to read more about Environmental Literacy and Sustainability as a core requirement.
The Handbook of Sustainability Literacy
For those concerned with teaching and learning about sustainability, this book was developed through open space technology at the University of Gloucestershire and is available online for download.
Regional Centers of Expertise Globally on Education for Sustainable Development
The goal of this Programme is to help in the creation of the global learning space for ESD by the end of the Decade.
The major components of the ESD Programme are:
Click the link above to read about the United Nations University - Institute of Advance Studies Programme on ESD.
- Advocacy and dissemination of ESD and DESD principles;
- Promotion of regional/local approaches through Regional Centres of Expertise (RCE);
- Strengthening ESD activities of higher education institutions;
- Developing online learning for ESD; and
- Training teachers and trainers on ESD.
International Directories of Existing ESD Programs and Courses
Sustainable Development in Business School Curriculum in Asia and the Pacific
ProsSPER.NET is a network of several leading higher education institutions in Asia and the Pacific that have committed to work together to integrate Sustainable Development (SD) into postgraduate courses and curricula. Member institutions involved have strong education and research programmes in sustainable development and related fields.
UNECE Competences in ESD for Educators
In 2009, the United Nations Economic Council for Europe (UNECE) established the Expert Group on Competences in Education for Sustainable Development with the mandate to prepare:
- General recommendations for policymakers, so as to provide them with a tool to integrate ESD into relevant policy documents with a view to creating an enabling environment for the development of competences across all sectors of education, with particular emphasis on
- A range of core competences in ESD for educators, including
defining these, as feasible, to serve as a tool to facilitate the integration of ESD into all educational programmes at all levels, as well as guidelines for the development of these competences among educators.
The Expert Group comprised representatives appointed by member States and partners from across the UNECE region. They included academics, Government officials and experts from international and non-governmental organizations.
The outcomes of the discussions and negotiations which took place over a
period of 18 months can be downloaded by clicking the link above.