ESD and me
Over the last few years the Learning Teacher network has started to focus on E(ducation for) S(ustainable) D(evelopment) through playing a key role when it comes to UNESCO actions. In the magazine you can read lots of actions in schools regarding food, water, etc.
As teachers are examples for children, I was wondering what teachers are doing personally and what are they showing in their classroom from their personal life to tell children what they should do on sustainability. I hope we are not only telling what is good for children if they want to survive our adult-wise spoilings. No, we also need to show our sustainable living inside and outside the classroom.
I trust my colleagues. I expect that they are aware and not only that , that they are taking action in their personal lives. They are keen on not wasting food , keen on saving water when watering the garden, have bought taps which are saving water. They are aware of what they eat. They know where they are buying their food. Of course, most of the time in a health food store or they are at least aware of what labels say regarding the amounts of salt and sugar. They are a member of local or national organisations which are active on sustainable development, or at least they support them. If possible, they have solar panels. They check the rooms not in use on heating and they have chosen for a sustainable energy supplier. They eat less meat and are so-called flexitarians. They know what healthy food is and can explain that. Their houses are not a kind of colander regarding the energy. Their holidays – very necessary – are well-chosen regarding the transportation, more train than airplanes. They are not spoiling because it is holidays and because it is only once a year, everything is allowed. They have looked when their favourite car brand is producing an electric car or at least a hybrid one. Just to mention some examples. And this all because they are telling the children in the classroom what the future might be like and want to show themselves as examples in the transformation to sustainable behaviour.
But there is more on sustainability.
“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 behaviours needed for sustainable development. It is about including sustainable development issues, such as climate change 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. There is growing international recognition of ESD as an integral element of quality education and a key enabler for sustainable development.“ (https://en.unesco.org/themes/education-sustainable-development)Over the last few years the Learning Teacher network has started to focus on ESD through playing a key role when it comes to UNESCO actions. In the magazine you can read lots of actions in schools regarding food, water, etc.
And this all because they are telling the children in the classroom what the future might be like and want to show themselves as examples in the transformation to sustainable behaviour.