Our Story – Education for Sustainable Development and the LTN
In 2006 the Network was transformed to an independent and membership-based educational and international association. The Network is growing each year in the number of members, countries and activities, and is forming its own policies.
The Learning Teacher Network arranges international conferences, seminars and training courses, and produces publications. The Network keeps its appreciated character of being a vital meeting point for professionals from the entire educational world, thus playing a significant role.
The Network aims for capacity building and to strengthen the exchange of professional knowledge and experience, but also to become a leading player in the professional debate to impact on educational change. The network makes a difference.
In late 2014 the Network processed and delivered conclusions on ESD, which were formulated into nine recommendations for consideration in the implementation of GAP/ESD and addressed to UNESCO, governments and the educational community.
From 2015 the Learning Teacher Network became a UNESCO GAP Key Partner, committed to the implementation of the UN/UNESCO Global Action Programme for Education for Sustainable Development (GAP/ESD). As a Key Partner the Network addresses the capacity building of educators and trainers, and helps catalyse further activities by other stakeholders.
In November 2016 the Network suffered the loss of its founder and President, Magnus Persson. His untimely death shocked us all to the core and caused massive disruption to the Network. Now that some time has passed it is clear that the network has entered a new phase. Magnus’ dream is not only alive still but is thriving, growing ever stronger and more relevant in a world where creativity and sustainable development grow more important, not only in education but across every area of life.
As we move towards the future the LTN is developing into one of the prime ESD organisations. Our conferences and courses are highly popular and very well attended. We have members around the world and continue to work with other organisations around the world that share our goal of making the world a better place through education.
The Learning Teacher Network, through its activities and findings, demonstrates, shares and makes evident how European networking brings improved professional competence and added value to all. The main objective of this example of networking targets the growth of professional competence and the transfer of gained experience to influence learning strategies and processes. The LTN is envisaged as a European platform for professional debate and exchange of experience.