Education is the main agent for sustainable development. It increases people’s ability to make their dreams a reality. Education provides not only technical and scientific skills but also the motivation and support to pursue and apply them. Society must be concerned about the fact that so much of our current education is not up to standard. This is a reflection of the needs across cultures, which allow each person to take responsibility for quality improvement.
Society must place sustainability at the top of its priorities list. This includes improving the quality and transparency of education, and reorienting its goals in order to recognize the importance and value of sustainable development. We should not be referring to the environment only, but all aspects of life.
Therefore, we need to clarify what education is for sustainable development. This was a significant challenge for educators over the past decade. It was a major challenge for educators to understand the meaning of sustainable development in education set-ups. They had to find ways of integrating humanities, social sciences, and arts into what was up-to-now seen as science education.
Some people argued that teaching sustainable development was a risky business. Others wondered if asking schools to lead the transition to sustainable growth was asking too much.
These arguments were exacerbated by the desire for many NGOs, mostly environmental, to participate in educational planning. They lack the necessary understanding of education systems, how educational change and innovations take place, as well as relevant curriculum development and instructive value. Others were critical of governments’ inaction, not realizing the importance of effective educational change.
Many national, regional, and international initiatives have helped to clarify the meaning of education for sustainable growth. Education International, the largest umbrella group of teacher unions and associations around the globe, has released a declaration and an action plan to encourage sustainable development through education.
All of these issues have a common goal: a coordinated approach by all government agencies and communities to develop a shared understanding and commitment to education for sustainable development policies, strategies, and programs.
Promoting active integration of education and sustainable development in the local community
Many governments also have committees, panels and advisory councils that discuss education for sustainable growth, create policies and support structures, program and resource funding, and establish local initiatives.
These groups are the ones that have made the most of the efforts to educate the environment for sustainable development. Environmental education is a significant component of global education, peace education and citizenship education. The contemporary environment education has strived to achieve similar goals and outcomes over its short thirty-year history as the concept of sustainability.
A New Vision for Education
Many initiatives show that the international community believes education is essential to fostering the lifestyles, values and behavior that will ensure a sustainable future. Education for sustainable development can be described as the ability to make informed decisions about the long-term economic, ecological and social futures of all people. Education is key to fostering future-oriented thinking.
This is a new vision for education. It helps learners understand the world around them and addresses the interconnectedness and complexity of issues such as poverty and wasteful consumption, environmental degradation and urban decay. This vision of education emphasizes a holistic and interdisciplinary approach to learning the knowledge and skills necessary for a sustainable future. It also encourages changes in values, behavior, lifestyles, and behaviors. We must reorient education policies and practices to empower all people, young and old to make informed decisions and to act in culturally and locally appropriate ways to address the threats to our common future. Therefore, we must think globally and then act locally. This will empower people of all ages to create and evaluate new visions for a sustainable future, and then to work together to realize these visions.
Education is a key component of sustainable development.
* Make sustainable living a central concern of society.
Encourage cross-disciplinary collaboration, the linking of knowledge and expertise to produce more holistic and contextualized understandings.
* Promote lifelong learning starting at the beginning and continuing throughout life. This is based on a passion to see society transform its moral character.
* Maximize the potential of all people throughout their lives to achieve self-fulfillment, full self-expression, and a sustainable future.
* Value aesthetics, creativity, openness to risk, flexibility and willingness to explore new possibilities.
* To encourage new alliances between civil society and the State in order to promote citizens’ liberation as well as the application of democratic principles.
* Unite society to eradicate poverty, violence, and injustice.
* Promote a commitment to peace values in a manner that encourages the creation of new lifestyles.
* Identify and pursue human projects within the context of local sustainability. This is done through an earthly realization as well as a communal awareness of global responsibility.
* To create realistic hope, where the possibility of change is accompanied by the genuine desire for change.