THE SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT:THE SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT:
EDUCATIONAL PERSPECTIVES INEDUCATIONAL PERSPECTIVES IN
Magda Sclaunich & Catina Feresin
Department of Educational Science
University of Trieste
"Sustainable development is development that
meets the needs of the present generation
without compromising the ability of future
generations to meet their own needs (Brutland
Report, 1987)". In other words, sustainable
development ensures that today's growth does
not jeopardise the growth possibilities of future
The present contribution suggests a series of
remarks on how it would be possible to promote
education for sustainable development.
In particular, we want to focus the attention on
Italy to understand better how this Country is
facing sustainable development within its
We noticed that the concept of citizenship
underlines a new way of thinking the
educational system. Indeed, according to
Santerini (1994; 2001; 2003) this concept is
strongly connected with seven young people’s
attitudes which have to be learned at school.
1-Approaching problems as parts of a global
2-Assumption of responsibility;
3-Understanding and appreciation of cultural
5-Attitude for a non violent solution in conflicts;
6-Changing life-style to respect environment;
7-Sensibility about human rights.
To better understand this citizenship concept, it
is interesting to analyse a recent document
entitled “Indication for the curriculum” (2007)
which contains the specific programs for all the
kind of schools of the Italian system (from infant
to secondary schools).
This concept is present non only in correlated
disciplines as history and science, but it appears
also in disciplines apparently very “far” from
these contents as foreign languages and art.