"Education for sustainable development & global citizenship (ESD & GC) enables people to develop the knowledge, values and skills to participate in decisions about the way we do things individually and collectively, both locally and globally, that will improve the quality of life now without damaging the planet for the future."
(UK Panel for ESDGC, Welsh Government 1999)
Education for Sustainable Development is about the things we do every day. It's about the big and small issues such as climate change, conflict, consumer pressure and environmental depletion and how they relate to each other.
Schools can make a positive contribution towards shaping a more sustainable future by helping pupils, carers, staff and governors to understand the meaning of sustainable development through every day decision-making. They can do this through the curriculum they deliver and the way in which the school is run and managed.
For schools, Education for Sustainable Development & Global Citizenship is:
Part of the ethos, pedagogy and organisation of the school
About the message inherent in the way the school is organised and managed
Something that requires schools to 'do' as well as teach
Something that requires coordination across the whole school
Something that Estyn will inspect
ESDGC/LNF Resources for Year 2, Year 6 and Year 9
The ESDGC/LNF Resources have been developed by the All Wales ESDGC Local Authority Officer Group to support schools introducing the National Literacy and Numeracy Framework through ESDGC Activities. Resource packs have been developed (Bilingual) for year 2, year 6 and year 9.
Eco Early Years Award Scheme
The Eco Early Years Award Scheme has been developed to support early years settings incorporating environmental and sustainable projects into the ethos and management of the setting.