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Education For Sustainable Development

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Appendix 3 - How ESD delivers quality education as defined by the UNESCO Pillars of Learning

Pillars of Learning

How ESD can help deliver quality outcomes
Learning to know

ESD engages formal, non-formal and informal education;addresses content while taking context into account; includes global issues and local priorities; and is cross-disciplinary. No single discipline can claim ESD as its own, but all disciplines can contribute to ESD.

Learning to do ESD is based on local needs, perceptions and conditions, but acknowledges that fulfilling local needs often has international effects and consequences; it promotes a shift from mental models to sustainability practices through which these mental models and concepts are explored and reviewed. It includes entrepreneurship and creativity development
Learning to live Together

ESD is based on the principles of inter- and intergenerational equity, social justice, fair distribution of resources and community participation (amongst others), which underlie sustainable development.

Learning to be

ESD promotes life-long learning; it accommodates the evolving nature of the concept of sustainability; ESD emphasises the importance of values in learning

Learning to transform oneself and society

ESD builds civil capacity for community-based decision-making, social tolerance, environmental stewardship, adaptable workforce and quality of life; ESD is facilitated through participatory and reflective approaches.


Extracted from the Education for Sustainable Development Lens: A Policy and Practice Review Tool (UNESCO, 2010 p. 51)


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