Educational Cooperation Programme

ESD - Education for Sustainable Development

What is Education for Sustainable Development?

ACCU Education for Sustainable Development(ESD)

United Nations Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (UNDESD) was adopted at the UN general Assembly in 2002 and commenced in 2005, in response to the current situation which demands more awareness-raising and educational practice to achieve our common goal of "Sustainable Development".

ESD aims at transformation of social structure and individual lifestyles by establishing a set of values through quality education. ESD centres on the three pillars of society, environment and economics with culture as its underlying dimension. ESD emphasizes "values of respect" ? respect for others including future generations, for diversity and difference, and for environment and resources.

In this manner, ESD is a holistic concept beyond the frameworks of existing Environmental Education and Development Education, with special emphasis on the qualitative aspects of education.

According to International Implementation Scheme(IIS) of UNESCO said as follows:

・ Inter-disciplinary and holistic
・ Value-driven
・ Critical thinking and problem solving
・ Multi-method
・ Participatory decision-making
・ Applicability
・ Local relevancy

Fifteen Strategic Themes for ESD
* Environmental Perspectives
Natural Resources (water, energy, agriculture, biodiversity), Climate Change, Rural Development, Sustainable Urbanization, Disaster Prevention and Mitigation.
* Socio-Cultural Perspectives
Human Rights, Peace and Human Secutiry, Gender Equality, Cultural Diversity and Intercultural Understanding, Health, HIV/AIDS, Governance.
* Economic Perspectives
Poverty Reduction, Corporate Responsibility and Accountability, Market Ecomony.

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