Earth Charter International
- Latin America / Caribbean
- Costa Rica
Sector of activity
Type of initiative
Education & Awareness Raising
The UNESCO Chair on Education for Sustainable Development with the Earth Charter has the goal of implementing educational programmes and research activities in the field of education for sustainable development specifically on the intersection of sustainability, ethics and education. These programmes (offered in English, Spanish and Portuguese) place special emphasis on the importance to infuse the values and principles of sustainability in processes of learning and decision-making. This UNESCO Chair addresses the overall goal of the Global Action Programme on ESD, which builds on the United Nations Decade on Education for Sustainable Development (UNDESD). The overarching goal is to integrate the values inherent in sustainable development into all aspects of learning. In this sense, this UNESCO Chair contributes in the implementation of UNESCO Resolution Reference 32C/17, which, “recognizing the Earth Charter as an important ethical framework for sustainable development”, affirms member states’ intention to “utilize the Earth Charter as an educational instrument”.
Objectives of the Center and the UNESCO Chair are to:
Offer training programmes and workshops for various groups on global ethics and sustainability.
Offer hands-on training on tools for ethics-based evaluation processes based on the Earth Charter;
Undertake research and develop resource materials and training opportunities for educators and policymakers on education for sustainable development;
Collaborate with universities and other education and research centers in processes to incorporate values inherent in sustainable development into all aspects of learning;
Facilitate partnerships and knowledge sharing among stakeholders in education for sustainable development;
Collect and develop best practice narratives and case studies on ESD that highlight the use of the Earth Charter in educational settings.
Executive Programmes (offered in English and Spanish): A three to five day face-to-face intensive programme on:• Education, Transformative Learning and Sustainability Values• Sustainability, Leadership, and Ethical Decision Making
Certificate Programme on Education for Sustainable Development (offered in English, Spanish and Portuguese): A semester long on-line programme with four to five courses, where participants receive a Diploma Certificate from the University for Peace.
Young Leaders Programme on Leadership, Sustainability and Ethics (offered in English and Spanish): A 10-week online training programme for emerging young leaders (ages 18 - 30) that aims to expand knowledge, reinforce values, and hone skills for sustainability leadership.
Workshops, short courses and talks: Upon request, the Center also offers customized education activities for companies, universities or schools, such as study abroad programmes, summer courses, and intensive training for professionals in education, communication, policy, and leadership roles.
Impact and Results
For more than a decade, Earth Charter International has offered education opportunities on sustainable development using the Earth Charter framework as a guide and educational tool. Today, the Education Center offers professional development programmes for educators and leaders that bring educational opportunities to a new level. These programmes are impactful, transformative, and inspiring. They provide participants with the guidance, tools, and network support needed to lead change in their work and personal lives in an ethical manner towards fostering a vision of sustainability consistent with the Earth Charter.
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