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International GAP Seminar 2015: "Capacity Building for Educational Action in ESD"

The Learning Teacher Network will organise an International Seminar on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) in Edinburgh, Scotland UK on 5-7 November 2015. The title of the seminar is 'Capacity Building for Educational Action in ESD'. With input from internationally recognized experts and interactive discussions among the participants the seminar will learn more about capacity building and local action in relation to UNESCO’s new Global Action Programme on Education for Sustainable Development (GAP/ESD).

Framework
Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) allows every human being to acquire the knowledge, skills, attitudes and values necessary to shape a sustainable future. ESD means including key sustainable development issues into teaching and learning.
The UNESCO 2014 World Conference on ESD adopted the UNESCO Roadmap for implementing the Global Action Programme on Education for Sustainable Development.
The GAP has two objectives:
* to reorient education and learning so that everyone has the opportunity to acquire the knowledge, skills, values and attitudes that empower them to contribute to sustainable development – and make a difference;
* to strengthen education and learning in all agendas, programmes and activities that promote sustainable development.
The GAP focuses on five Priority Action areas:
1. Advancing policy;
2. Integrating sustainability practices into education and training environments (whole-institution approaches);
3. Increasing the capacity of educators and trainers;
4. Empowering and mobilizing youth;
5. Encouraging local communities and municipal authorities to develop community-based ESD programmes.
The Learning Teacher Network is officially recognized as committed partner to UNESCO with special focus on capacity building of educators and trainers (Priority Action Area 3).
The Edinburgh Seminar
With input from internationally recognized experts and interactive discussions among the participants the seminar will learn more about capacity building and local action for Education for Sustainable Development.
The network welcomes you to take part in this international seminar to learn, to share knowledge and experience, and to build new connections for international networking and cooperation.
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Free on-line course: Personal ethic in ESD

Source: Newsletter from The Learning Teacher Network (27th June 2015)

The University of Edinburg in Scotland, UK is offering a free online course starting 22 June.
The five-week course is Education for Sustainability: Developing a personal ethic. The time commitment is 1 - 3 hours per week. We all have our own understandings of ‘sustainability’, of its significance as an environmental, social, economic and moral concept, and as a principle for individual, collective or corporate behaviour. This course begins from your start- ing point and explores how we might make positive differences to the future of our plan- et, and encourage others to do so.
Course Syllabus:
Week 1: Disruption: Reorienting our thoughts
Week 2: Thinking deeply: Local issues and per- sonal reflections
Week 3: Understanding broadly: Global is- sues and wider positioning
Week 4: Implement: How do we take action?
Week 5: Learning for sustainability: How can we inform and educate others?

The URL is https://www.coursera.org/ course/sustainability
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