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Education for Sustainable Development

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Sowing the seeds of tomorrow so that future generations can inherit a more sustainable world.

Through sustainable development we meet the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. This vision of development embraces environmental concerns as well as issues such as the fight against poverty, gender equality, human rights, cultural diversity, and education for all.

Education is the means through which sustainable development can be achieved. It enables people to develop the knowledge, values and skills to participate in decisions about the way we do things, individually and collectively, locally and globally, that will improve the quality of life now without damaging the planet of the future. Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) is not a separate subject – it is a holistic educational approach.

The United Nations Decade for Sustainable Development (2004-2014), for which UNESCO is the lead coordinator, seeks to integrate the values, principles, and practices of ESD into all aspects of education and learning in order to address the social, cultural and environmental challenges we face today.

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Decade of Education for Sustainable Development
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The UK National Commission for UNESCO is the lead coordinator for the UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development in the UK
Education for Sustainable Development in Scotland
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The former Scotland Committee, through its partnership with civil society organisations, supported the Government in mainstreaming ESD at all levels of formal and informal education.


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