Pablo Egaña Del Sol

 Education for Sustainable Development: Strategies and Key Issues

Pablo Egana-delSol

Abstract

Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) is a form of education that emphasizes the development of skills and habits necessary for individuals, and thus their communities, to live in a way that contributes to a world that is “sustainable” – i.e., one that fulfils their own current needs without inhibiting the ability of future generations to do the same. Designed to be a component of a community’s broader Sustainable Development Agenda, ESD’s impact goes beyond training and short-term skills development. In this way, it can be conceived of as a comprehensive and transformative educational process in which participatory learning and creative, critical, and systemic thinking are strengthened by creating the links between individuals and community that allow them to live in harmony socially, economically, culturally, and environmentally. As a comprehensive model, ESD incorporates a number of related subject areas within its educational mandate. These include climate change, disaster risk reduction, biodiversity, social inequality, poverty reduction, and sustainable consumption. ESD seeks to unify the goals of these diverse issues by creating a more sustainable standard of living.