Learning Teacher Network GAP Seminar

ESD 2030: Engaging with the SDGs in the Classroom and beyond

Participation, Empowerment, Engagement:

28th November – 1st December

Bonn, Germany.


In 1979 the Club of Rome committed to innovative learning which integrates the ethical dimension. Nowadays, this still seems to be valid (Müller-Using 2018 1 , UN 2011 2 ). Knowledge and competence should not only be complemented by the ethical dimension but steered by it.

What changes are needed in education in order to reach the aim of the Global Goals?

What are some practical examples of innovative ways that schools have taken?

This seminar will combine input from recognised experts and the participants’ own experience and vision to explore innovative ways for education.

Müller-Using, Susanne (2018):
Ethos und Empathie. Interkulturelle
Vergleichsstudie zur LehrerInnenbildung an der Universität Osnabrück und der
Universidad de Costa Rica. V&R
Unipress, Göttingen.
United Nations Declaration on Human Rights
Education and Training (2011).

Venue: Gustav-Stresemann-Institut, Bonn


Time Whats Happening?
28th November  
16:00 Registration
16:30-17:00 Welcome Session
17:00-18:00 Keynote 1

ESD for 2030 – the Key Enabler to Achieve all SDGs

Prof. Charles A. Hopkins

UNESCO Chair in Reorienting Education towards Sustainability at York University, Canada

19:00 Dinner
29th November  
09:00 Introduction to the seminar (short lecture)

Rainer Kopp and Dr. Susanne Müller-Using

10:00 – 12:30 Visit to the UNESCO School Bert Brecht Gesamtschule Bonn
12:30 Lunch 
13:30 – 15:00 Keynote 2

New Ways for School to Meet ESD

Whole-school Approach within the SDGs

Jamila Tressel

Former student of ESBZ school Berlin, author and trainer

15:00 Coffee break
15:30 – 17:30 Interactive dialogue/World cafe
18:00 Dinner
  Night in Bonn
30th November  
09:00 Daily Introduction
09:15 – 10:30 Workshops – Introduction

1. “Knowledge and competence should not be complemented by the ethic dimension but steered by it” Value and Knowledge Education

Prof. Dr. Jean Luc Patry, University of Salzburg



2. Education Gang: With Energy towards Future Peer Education – learning among peers

Matthias Riepe, Zukunftsstiftung Bildung (Future Foundation Education)


3. The Global School in Sweden – supporting kindergardens and schools in developing ESD

Bo Hellström (Den Globala Skolan) – tbc

https://www.utbyten.se/program/ (please use Google translator on site)

4. ESD in school practice UNESCO associated school Bert-Brecht Gesamtschule Bonn


5. Initiating and facilitating sustainable learning processes under ESD and SDG Practice examples: Engagement competencies in school, process competencies in the community

Lars Meyer, Forum Eltern und Schule (Forum for Parents and School)



6. ESD and the SDGs: The practice of “learning region” management for the goals under Education2030

Martina Eick, Umweltbundesamt und Jasson Jakovides, Fields Corporate Responsibility

7. Moving on…UNESCO’s Global Action Programme (GAP) and “ESD for 2030” – the new framework: lessons learned and a new momentum for ESD Bianca Bilgram, German Commission for UNESCO

10:30 Coffee break
11:00 – 12:30 Seven workshops

Each participant chooses one topic and becomes an “expert” on the subject dealt with in the workshop

12:30 Lunch
14:00 – 15:00 Groups, in which “experts” from all workshops are represented exchange the results of their workshop
15:00 Coffee break
15:30 – 16:30 Keynote 3

The benefits of World Heritage Centres as Studying Places and the Cooperation with ESD Educational Institutions

Patricia Alberth

Head of the Centre World Heritage Bamberg

16:30 Evaluation of the seminar and perspectives
  Dinner and night in a “Brauhaus” in Cologne
1st December  

Keynote Speakers

Charles Hopkins

ESD for 2030 – the Key Enabler to achieve all SDGs

Charles Hopkins holds the UNESCO Chair in Reorienting Education towards Sustainability at York University Toronto, Canada where he coordinates two research networks focused on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD). Hopkins consults for institutions worldwide including governments, universities and school systems. He is advisor to the United Nations University’s network of Regional Centres of Expertise on ESD, UNESCO-UNEVOC and CoDirector of the Asia-Pacific Institute on ESD in Beijing, China.

Patricia Alberth

Benefit of World Heritage Centers as Studying

Places for ESD Educational Institutions

Patricia Alberth is head of the UNESCO World Heritage Centre Bamberg; Germany. She works in heritage education, learning from history for the future. In the centre is cooperation with schools and communities. Previously, she worked for several years at the UNESCO World Heritage Center in Paris

Jamila Tressel

New Ways for Schools to Meet ESD Goals Whole-school approach within the SDGs

Jamila Tressel is a former student at the ESBZ School and a young author, speaker and trainer, empowering young people to unfold their potential and make a change. After many negative experiences in the traditional school system she is campaigning for a drastic change of the education system, speaking at national and international conferences and leading trainings for students, teachers and managers. Jamila Tressel also works with the newly formed initiative “Global Goals Curriculum 2030”.

To book your place and join us in Bonn on 28th November 2019 – 1st December 2019 please complete the form, here.