International Seminar on Education for Sustainable Development: “ESD at the Crossroads”

 

The Learning Teacher Network organised a successful and much appreciated International Seminar on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) in Istanbul, Turkey on September 26-27, 2014. The title of the seminar was ‘ESD at the Crossroads’.

By interactive discussions among the participants the seminar discussed key issues that bridge the Decade for Education for Sustainable Development to UNESCO’s forthcoming Global Action Programme. A resolution with Recommendations for the Global Action Programme was formed and adopted, read the document below.

Framework
Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) allows every human being to acquire the knowledge, skills, attitudes and values necessary to shape a sustainable future. ESD means including key sustainable development issues into teaching and learning.

The overall goal of the UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (DESD) 2005-2014 has been to integrate the principles, values and practices of sustainable development into all aspects of education and learning.

The World Conference on ESD in Aichi-Nagoya, Japan in November 2014 will outline the continuation of the Decade by a new Global Action Programme on ESD from 2015. Sustainability begins with education.

The Istanbul Seminar
The Istanbul Seminar aimed to concretely discuss and conclude on four questions in order to highlight the practitioners’ view on ESD and to deliver the seminar’s conclusions prior to the World Conference. Therefore the seminar discussions had the following focal points to be answered as outcome of the seminar:

  • How can ESD update and improve educational purpose and outcomes?
  • How can ESD help to improve and enrich school curriculum development?
  • How can ESD promote innovation in the teaching-learning conceptual framework?
  • How can ESD guide students to have the knowledge, skills and values to care for, and solve the sustainable development issues that will arise in their lifetime?

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The Seminar Hotel and Venue

 

The international seminar will be located to the five star Barceló Eresin Topkapi Hotel, which is situated in the Old Town, in Istanbul’s European quarter.

The historic centre and the Grand Baazar are only 10 min by tram which stops right in front of the hotel.

The hotel has spacious, light-filled rooms, a large health and wellness centre: the U-Spa, and a conference centre. Free Wi-Fi connection in all the rooms and common areas. The hotel also boasts its own Hammam (Turkish bath) to help you discover the traditions of the fascinating country Turkey.

ESD at the Crossroads – Programme for the Istanbul International Seminar

 

Download the Istanbul Seminar Programme as PDF

Friday September 26th 2014

08.30 – 08.45
Welcome and seminar introduction
Magnus Persson, Coordinator of the Learning Teacher Network

08.45 – 09.30
From the Decade to a Global Action Programme:
ESD and Quality Education

Prof. Charles Hopkins, UNESCO Chair Reorienting Teacher Education to Address Sustainabiliy and United Nations University Chair for ESD

09.30 Coffee break

Round 1 Presentations for Inspiration
10.00 Sustainable Living Campaign through Student Council at School
Birthe Witt Jason, Sabro-Korsvejskolen, Denmark

10.20 Sustainable Future – A concept for School and Enterprise
Therese Almgren and Mattias Bengtsson, SKF Tekniska Gymnasium, Sweden

10.40 An ESD example from the Netherlands including Aruba
André de Hamer, Duurzame PABO, and Gerben de Vries, Marnix Academie, the Netherlands

11.00 How can ESD support whole-school perspectives? How can ESD guide students to have the knowledge, skills and values to care for and solve the sustainable development issues that will arise in their lifetime?
Three parallel moderated round table sessions

12.30 Lunch

13.30 – 14.30
The Gapminder Perspective
Malin Gemzell, Sweden
The Gapminder Perspective

14.30 Coffee
followed by networking and free time

20.00 Evening dinner at the Kalamar Restaurant in the Old Town Kumkapi District

Saturday September 27th 2014

Round 2 Presentations for Inspiration
08.30 Going Green – Integrating Sustainable Techniques into Applied Sciences
Petra Esser, NHL University of Applied Sciences, the Netherlands
To view presentation click here.

08.50 ESD in Crafts and Creativity
Eija Liisa Sokka-Meany and Merja Kukkonen, University of Eastern Finland
ESD in Crafts and Creativity

09.10 A Multidisciplinary Approach in Sustainability Projects in Higher Education
Margriet Kat, NHL University of Applied Sciences, the Netherlands
A Multidisciplinary Approach in Sustainability Projects in Higher Education

09.30 On Sustainability
Hakan Tatlı, Kani Arıkan Secondary School, Turkey
On Sustainability

09.35 How can ESD promote innovation in the teaching – learning conceptual framework?
Three parallel moderated round table sessions (including coffee break at 10.00)

Round 3 Presentations for Inspiration
11.00 Towards an Internationally Oriented Curriculum
Eliane van Heerwarden and Joke Alink, University of Applied Sciences Utrecht, the Netherlands
Towards an Internationally Oriented Curriculum

11.20 Multi-level Governance of ESD
Dr Alan Britton, University of Glasgow, Scotland UK
Multi-level Governance of ESD

11.40 ESD and managing the political dimension
Dr Martin Fitzgerald, Limerick Institute of Technology, Ireland
ESD and managing the political dimension

12.00 Lunch

13.00 How can ESD update and improve educational purpose and outcomes? How can ESD help to improve and enrich school curriculum development?
Three parallel moderated round table sessions

14.30 Coffee break

15.00 Conclusions on Recommendations from the Seminar for the UN/UNESCO Global Action Programme

16.00 Looking ahead – the development of the work of the Learning Teacher Network in connection to the UNESCO Global Action Programme

17.00 Closing of the seminar