Governments must work in collaboration with teachers for education for sustainable development
Education International’s president Susan Hopgood brought the Teach for the Planet campaign to UNESCO’s World Conference on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) and emphasised the importance of collaborating with the teaching profession to successfully implement ESD.
Education International’s Teach for the Planet campaign
Education International’s Manifesto for Quality Climate Change Education for All
She went on to introduce Education International’s Manifesto for Quality Climate Change Education for All outlining the importance of including climate change education in initial teacher training and professional development.
UNESCO’s report on ESD progress
The plenary followed a presentation of UNESCO’s new report on ESD progress. The report shows that education systems are still not giving students sufficient knowledge to adapt, act and respond to climate change and environmental crises. The study’s analysis of educational plans and curricula frameworks across the world confirms that not enough progress has been made to implement ESD. 45% of national education documents studied made little-to-no reference to environmental themes, and one third of teachers indicated no inclusion of environment-related content in teacher training programmes.
The conference continues for the next two days, during which delegates will discuss how to implement ESD for 2030 and adopt the Berlin Declaration to show their commitment to take urgent action. Watch the conference live here.