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BLIND MEN & ELEPHANTS

A perspective on Education for
Sustainable Development
Global Action Plan International

© 2011 Mar...
BLIND MEN & ELEPHANTS

United Nations Decade of Education for
Sustainable Development: 2005–2014
Global Action Plan Intern...
BLIND MEN & ELEPHANTS
First: what is
’Sustainable
Development’?
Many attempts to define –
Live well without jeopardizing f...
BLIND MEN & ELEPHANTS
First: what is
’Sustainable
Development’?
Many attempts to define –
Live well without jeopardizing f...
BLIND MEN & ELEPHANTS
The ESD Decade is
intended to enable
us to do that through
all aspects of learning:
•
•
•
•
•

Learn...
Global Action Plan International

© 2011 Marilyn Mehlmann
BLIND MEN & ELEPHANTS
1. ESD is FOR, not ABOUT

sustainable development.
That means:
Not knowledge transfer but
skills tra...
BLIND MEN & ELEPHANTS
The concept of skills transfer for
sustainable development

implies ESD content:
• Clarify the direc...
BLIND MEN & ELEPHANTS
2. ESD goes beyond goals.

It’s a journey, not a
destination.
Imagine lessons that transcend goals,
...
BLIND MEN & ELEPHANTS
Lessons that transcend goals,
stimulate creativity and innovation

enable students to
•
•
•

Create ...
BLIND MEN & ELEPHANTS
In other words:
Lessons that transcend goals,
stimulate creativity and innovation

empower students ...
BLIND MEN & ELEPHANTS
3. ESD respects none of

our established boundaries.
That means it is:
•
•
•
•

Transdisciplinary
Tr...
BLIND MEN & ELEPHANTS
Trans-boundary is not easy
to integrate in curriculum.

Mainstreaming or special topic?
• Mainstream...
BLIND MEN & ELEPHANTS
4. So what IS Education

for Sustainable
Development for?
The UN identifies 3 pillars of sustainabil...
BLIND MEN & ELEPHANTS
Specific goals for the Decade
emphasize the social dimension
Biodiversity
Climate change
Cultural di...
BLIND MEN & ELEPHANTS
Missing?
The economic pillar

This may be the most important!
Global events highlight unsustainabili...
BLIND MEN & ELEPHANTS
A key to E for SD:

Empowerment
plus
critical thinking!
Global Action Plan International

© 2011 Mar...
Global Action Plan International

© 2011 Marilyn Mehlmann
BLIND MEN & ELEPHANTS
ESD
1. Is FOR, not ABOUT
2. Goes beyond goals
3. Respects no
boundaries
4. Rests on 3 pillars
5. Is ...
BLIND MEN & ELEPHANTS
ESD
1. Is FOR, not ABOUT
2. Goes beyond goals
3. Respects no
boundaries
4. Rests on 3 pillars
5. Is ...
Education for Sustainable
Development

holds the promise of a transformed
civilization for future generations.
Global Acti...
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The Blind Men and the Elephant

Education for Sustainable Development (ESD): what does it really mean? A look at the essentials by Marilyn Mehlmann at Global Action plan.

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  1. 1. BLIND MEN & ELEPHANTS A perspective on Education for Sustainable Development Global Action Plan International © 2011 Marilyn Mehlmann
  2. 2. BLIND MEN & ELEPHANTS United Nations Decade of Education for Sustainable Development: 2005–2014 Global Action Plan International © 2011 Marilyn Mehlmann
  3. 3. BLIND MEN & ELEPHANTS First: what is ’Sustainable Development’? Many attempts to define – Live well without jeopardizing future generations Live within planetary boundaries Global Action Plan International © 2011 Marilyn Mehlmann
  4. 4. BLIND MEN & ELEPHANTS First: what is ’Sustainable Development’? Many attempts to define – Live well without jeopardizing future generations Live within planetary boundaries Transform human civilization so that it will have a future Global Action Plan International © 2011 Marilyn Mehlmann
  5. 5. BLIND MEN & ELEPHANTS The ESD Decade is intended to enable us to do that through all aspects of learning: • • • • • Learning to know Learning to do Learning to live together Learning to be Learning to transform oneself and society Global Action Plan International © 2011 Marilyn Mehlmann
  6. 6. Global Action Plan International © 2011 Marilyn Mehlmann
  7. 7. BLIND MEN & ELEPHANTS 1. ESD is FOR, not ABOUT sustainable development. That means: Not knowledge transfer but skills transfer. Skills to take action for sustainable development. Global Action Plan International © 2011 Marilyn Mehlmann
  8. 8. BLIND MEN & ELEPHANTS The concept of skills transfer for sustainable development implies ESD content: • Clarify the direction of sustainable development • Make tools available • Deepen the collective learning process Global Action Plan International © 2011 Marilyn Mehlmann
  9. 9. BLIND MEN & ELEPHANTS 2. ESD goes beyond goals. It’s a journey, not a destination. Imagine lessons that transcend goals, stimulate creativity, innovation and risk-taking Global Action Plan International © 2011 Marilyn Mehlmann
  10. 10. BLIND MEN & ELEPHANTS Lessons that transcend goals, stimulate creativity and innovation enable students to • • • Create images of desired futures Identify action opportunities Participate in ongoing dialogue, feedback and assessment Global Action Plan International © 2011 Marilyn Mehlmann
  11. 11. BLIND MEN & ELEPHANTS In other words: Lessons that transcend goals, stimulate creativity and innovation empower students to • • • Understand their own contribution Make conscious lifestyle choices Support each other Global Action Plan International © 2011 Marilyn Mehlmann
  12. 12. BLIND MEN & ELEPHANTS 3. ESD respects none of our established boundaries. That means it is: • • • • Transdisciplinary Transsectoral Supportive of local solutions from a global perspective Inclusive and integrative Global Action Plan International © 2011 Marilyn Mehlmann
  13. 13. BLIND MEN & ELEPHANTS Trans-boundary is not easy to integrate in curriculum. Mainstreaming or special topic? • Mainstreaming is good for Education about SD • E for SD makes unusual demands on teachers • Not all teachers are ready for a pedagogy of empowerment Global Action Plan International © 2011 Marilyn Mehlmann
  14. 14. BLIND MEN & ELEPHANTS 4. So what IS Education for Sustainable Development for? The UN identifies 3 pillars of sustainability: • Social • Environmental • Economic Global Action Plan International © 2011 Marilyn Mehlmann
  15. 15. BLIND MEN & ELEPHANTS Specific goals for the Decade emphasize the social dimension Biodiversity Climate change Cultural diversity Indigenous knowledge Disaster risk reduction Poverty reduction Global Action Plan International Gender equality Health promotion Sustainable lifestyles Peace and human security Water © 2011 Marilyn Mehlmann
  16. 16. BLIND MEN & ELEPHANTS Missing? The economic pillar This may be the most important! Global events highlight unsustainability of current economic systems. Global Action Plan International © 2011 Marilyn Mehlmann
  17. 17. BLIND MEN & ELEPHANTS A key to E for SD: Empowerment plus critical thinking! Global Action Plan International © 2011 Marilyn Mehlmann
  18. 18. Global Action Plan International © 2011 Marilyn Mehlmann
  19. 19. BLIND MEN & ELEPHANTS ESD 1. Is FOR, not ABOUT 2. Goes beyond goals 3. Respects no boundaries 4. Rests on 3 pillars 5. Is empowerment plus critical thinking Global Action Plan International © 2011 Marilyn Mehlmann
  20. 20. BLIND MEN & ELEPHANTS ESD 1. Is FOR, not ABOUT 2. Goes beyond goals 3. Respects no boundaries 4. Rests on 3 pillars 5. Is empowerment plus criticial thinking Global Action Plan International 6. …and is transformative © 2011 Marilyn Mehlmann
  21. 21. Education for Sustainable Development holds the promise of a transformed civilization for future generations. Global Action Plan International © 2011 Marilyn Mehlmann

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