ESD GAP Seminar

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  
16:30 Registration
17:00-18:00 Welcome Session
Local example of initiative
“Education Gang: With Energy towards Future”
Matthias Riepe, Zukunftsstiftung Bildung (Future Foundation Education)
19:00 Dinner
29th November  
09:00 Introduction into the topic (short lecture)
Rainer Kopp and Dr. Susanne Müller-Using
10:00 – 12:30 School visit to UNESCO School Bert Brecht Gesamtschule Bonn
12:30 Lunch 
13:30 – 15:00 Keynote
New Ways for School to Meet EDP Goals
Margret Rasfeld
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

Value and Knowledge Education
Prof. Dr. Jean Luc Patry, University of Salzburg

Peer Education – learning among peers
Mattias Riepe – Zukunftsstiftung Bildung (Future Foundation Education)

Ways to ESD in Sweden
Bo Hellström (Den Globala Skolan)
UNESCO school Bert-Brecht Gesamtschule Bonn

Project learning based on an inclusive-participative learning didactic
Lars Meyer, Forum Eltern und Schule

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

Each participant can only take part in one and becomes “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 about what they learned
15:00 Coffee break
15:30 – 16:30 Keynote
Charles Hopkins
  Evaluation of the seminar and perspectives
  Dinner and night in a “Brauhaus” in Cologne
1st December  

Keynote Speakers

Margret Rasfeld

Margret Rasfeld is founding headteacher of Evangelische Schule Berlin Zentrum (school carried by the Protestant church in Berlin). She is cofounder of the Germany-wide initiative “Schule im Aufbruch” (School heading for new horizons) and also of the newly formed initiative “Global Goals Curriculum 2030”.  

Global Goals Curriculum 2030 (in English):

Global Goals Curriculum 2030 (in German):


Charles Hopkins

Charles Hopkins holds the UNESCO Chair on Reorienting Teacher Education to Address Sustainability, focusing upon the development of an international network of teacher preparation institutions collaboratively working on the reorientation of teacher education to address sustainable development.

Hopkins is also a senior advisor to UNESCO’s Trans-disciplinary Project, Educating for a Sustainable Future and the Chair of the Education for Sustainable Development Working Group of UNESCO Canada’s Man and the Biosphere Committee (MAB).

In addition, he is the executive director of the John Dearness Environmental Society and an advisor to Environment Canada’s Ecological Monitoring and Assessment Network (EMAN).

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