The National Strategy on Education for Sustainable Development 2014 - 2020 highlights the need to integrate Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) in the curriculum from pre-school up to senior cycle. The National Strategy aims to ensure that education contributes to sustainable development by equipping learners with the relevant knowledge (the 'what'), the key dispositions and skills (the 'how') and the values (the 'why') that will motivate and empower them throughout their lives to become informed active citizens who take action for a more sustainable future.
The new subjects support education for sustainable development through the key skills of senior cycle that are integrated throughout their strands.
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All four strands; Power and Decision Making; Active Citizenship; Human Rights & Responsibilities and Globalisation and Localisation are all integral to education for sustainable development. In addition, topic 8, Sustainable Development provides excellent opportunities for students to engage with this important area of learning. See page 12 of specification for further details.
Many of the contexts used to explore the knowledge and understanding of computer science provide opportunities to discuss the practical and ethical aspects of computing, and to consider the use of computers and related technology from a societal perspective.
See page 9 of specification for further details.
'The National Strategy calls on all of us as citizens, policy makers, academics to non-Governmental organisations, and by inclusive participation of young people, to come together to speak with one voice to build a platform for the future and make sustainable development a reality.' Minister O'Sullivan, 2015.
A national forum on education for sustainable development welcomes many stakeholder representatives to raise awareness, review where we are and inform our future actions in this area. A Facebook group is coming soon where Education for Sustainable Development can be discussed all year round.
Take a look at the presentations from each of the forums held to date.
Teachers can share ESD resources on Scoilnet using their Scoilnet account. When uploading resources to Scoilnet place the word 'ESD' or 'Education for Sustainable Development' in the keywords section of uploading your resource. Resources on Scoilnet can be refined by keyword, curriculum association, contributor, format, best rated and most viewed.
Non - teachers / organisations can share their resources with Scoilnet by contacting Scoilnet directly. If you are interested in sharing ESD resources through the Scoilnet database, contact us here.
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