The Sustainability Starts with Teachers programme has a number of resources that can be used by teacher educators and policy makers.
The workshops are designed to assess how the education system, particularly teacher education, can respond to sustainability challenges via ESD. Despite efforts to include ESD and sustainable development concerns in education, gaps were identified during the consultation workshop. The workshops are thus the first step in assessing sustainability challenges and what can be done to address these.
Policy briefs have been developed for five countries to date – Zimbabwe, Zambia, Lesotho, Botswana and Namibia. Each four-page brief considers, for each country:
The Sustainability Starts with Teachers Course Materials can also be downloaded for reference and for use by southern African teacher educators who want to orient themselves to the Sustainability Starts with Teachers programme.
The Change Project Guidelines provide guidance on how to plan an ESD Teacher Education Change Project
The Introduction and Orientation Text provides orientation to the SST Training of Trainers programme
Learning Action 1 provides orientation on how to undertake an ESD Policy, Context and Competences Review (Part 1 of the Change Project)
Learning Action 3 provides guidance on transformative learning and transformative learning environments. It offers tools and approaches for re-thinking teacher education and classroom pedagogy to address sustainability concerns.
Learning Action 4 provides guidance on how to design and try out assessment of significant learning in ESD. It offers an easy to use model for guiding transformative assessment practice.
Learning Action 5 offers guidance on Monitoring and Evaluation of Change Projects, and how to identify those elements of the Change Project that are worth scaling. It offers guidance on horizontal, vertical and functional scaling approaches.
E-learning library for practical activities
An e-learning library has been created which offers practical materials that can be downloaded for teacher education practices. These can be downloaded and used by student teachers who are planning ESD teaching practices. The e-learning library holds resources that can be used by student teachers and teachers to teach ESD in Early Childhood Education, Primary and Secondary Schooling and TVET Education.
This resource bank has been designed for educators, education planners and practitioners and complements the UNESCO guidance document – Education for Sustainable Development Goals – Learning Objectives. It offers hundreds of pedagogical ideas for classroom activities and multimedia resources detailing how best to integrate ESD into teaching and learning, from early childhood care through secondary education. Click on any SDG and it will take you to the relevant resource page
UNESCO SST Policy briefs – five available now!!!
One of the outcomes of the UNESCO Sustainability Starts with Teachers programme is increased national capacity for monitoring and evaluation of Sustainable Development Goal 4, Target 4.7. It is important to start with what is already in place, in the form of national policies and curriculum plans, and to build on this.
To this end, a set of policy briefs, one for each participating country, is currently being developed. The policy briefs focus on key issues emerging from policy dialogue in national consultation workshops of the Sustainability Starts with Teachers programme. Participants from teacher and TVET education institutions as well as government officials attend these workshops. The workshops build on progress made in Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) in teacher education in the various countries over a fifteen year period since the start of the United Nations Decade of Education for Sustainable Development in 2005.
- Sustainability Challenges
- Sustainable Development
- Integrating Education for Sustainable Development in Teacher and TVET Education
- Education for Sustainable Development Challenges in Teacher Education
- The Contribution of the ‘Sustainability Starts with Teachers’ Programme in the particular country.
The last section gives examples of the institutions participating in the programme and of how participating teacher educators have conceptualised various Change Projects to respond to specific sustainable development challenges.
The policy briefs can be used by governments and institutions to describe current sustainability efforts, or by participants to motivate for support for individual change projects.
Policy briefs for Zimbabwe, Zambia, Lesotho, Botswana and Namibia can be downloaded below by clicking on the links below. Further briefs will be added as the project progresses.