Education for Sustainable Development (ESD),
Global Citizenship, and Curriculum Development

 

Education for Sustainable Development

Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) is a term that has been used for at least twenty years to describe the process of designing education with specific focus on the aims of sustainable development. One definition is provided by the QAA:

Education for sustainable development is the process of equipping students with the knowledge and understanding, skills and attributes needed to work and live in a way that safeguards environmental, social and economic wellbeing, both in the present and for future generations.

Education for sustainable development means working with students to encourage them to:

  • consider what the concept of global citizenship means in the context of their own discipline and in their future professional and personal lives
  • consider what the concept of environmental stewardship means in the context of their own discipline and in their future professional and personal lives
  • think about issues of social justice, ethics and wellbeing, and how these relate to ecological and economic factors
  • develop a future-facing outlook; learning to think about the consequences of actions, and how systems and societies can be adapted to ensure sustainable futures.

Source: Education for Sustainable Development: guidance for UK Higher Education Providers June 2014