Education for Sustainable Development

Education for Sustainable Development provides formal and informal learning opportunities which enable all students to develop the knowledge, skills, attitudes and values required to contribute to a sustainable future.

Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) equips learners across all disciplines with the knowledge, skills, attributes and values required to pursue sustainable visions of the future. Using active pedagogies learners are supported in addressing complex or ‘wicked problems’ and identifying how they can contribute to solutions that address environmental integrity, social justice and economic prosperity.

The QAA, in partnership with Advance HE, have a range of useful resources to help academic staff incorporate ESD within their curricula:

https://www.membershipresources.qaa.ac.uk/teaching-learning-and-assessment/education-for-sustainable-development >>

All staff and students at EHU can register to use this site: https://www.membershipresources.qaa.ac.uk/Login >>

The guidance gives advice and support on curriculum design, as well as teaching, learning and assessment approaches.

Alongside the guidance you can access a range of complementary materials including:

  • a short video which answers the question “What is ESD?”
  • a suite of inspiring practice guides which provide practical examples of how diverse UK institutions have successfully incorporated ESD within their curricula.
  • a resource to support students to actively engage with their institution and students’ union about ESD

An excellent example of how to integrate sustainability into the curriculum is provided by Anna Moore “A planetary health curriculum for medicine https://www.bmj.com/content/375/bmj.n2385“.

Read Professor John Sandars latest post: A New Year’s Resolution: Education for the UN Sustainable Development Goals.