Reflect on the case study that you have just listened to. What is the link between Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) and Sustainable Development (SD) challenges or issues? Why do you think we need ESD in our communities, provinces, countries and more widely internationally?
As important as it is to begin to understand what we mean by sustainable development, so we also need to develop our understanding of Education for Sustainable Development, because it is a type of education that is focussed on transformation of education; it seeks to help to develop more healthy, sustainable and socially just societies where all can flourish, now and in future.
One way of developing a common understanding of the concept of ‘Education for Sustainable Development’ is to think about sustainable development as a learning process, as outlined in the previous session. Another way of thinking about Education for Sustainable Development is to think about it based on some of the definitions and descriptions of ESD that are provided by international documents such as the 2014 UNESCO Road Map for Implementing the Global Action Programme (GAP) on Education for Sustainable Development.