Education for sustainable development (ESD) or sustainability education (SE) suggests for a scientific and balanced curriculum that will encompass sustainability in the academic courses and research. However, they are very poorly understood and implemented, and little attention has been paid for a holistic effort to build a generation having awareness and willingness to work for sustainable development. The education perspective brings significance to the individual’s learning, such as the pedagogy, and the emancipation. These perspectives of sustainable development combine the aspects of policy and management of processes in institutions and communities. Therefore, there appears to be a consensus that ESD as a force, phenomenon, or tool within the contemporary education includes issues of ethics, equity, and new ways of thinking and learning. In the educational system, formal and non-formal means of pedagogy have to be reckoned with, and they all add values. Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) empowers people to change the way they think and work towards a sustainable future.
Education for Sustainable
UNESCO aims to improve access to quality education on sustainable development at all levels and in all social contexts, to transform society by reorienting education and help people develop knowledge, skills, values and behaviors needed for sustainable development. It is about including sustainable development issues, such as climate change, disaster risk reduction, sustainable consumption, and biodiversity into teaching and learning. Individuals are encouraged to be responsible actors who resolve challenges, respect cultural diversity and contribute to creating a more sustainable world.
The overall objective of the CES’s Education for Sustainable Development programme is to equip students through innovative activities befitting to their stage, right from their primary education, with knowledge of and skills in sustainable development, making them more competent and confident while at the same time increasing their opportunities for leading healthy and productive lifestyles in harmony with nature and with concern for social values, gender equity and cultural diversity.
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