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Online Certificate on Education for Sustainable Development

  • Published on September 10, 2019
The Earth Charter Education Center offers an Online Programme that features a values-oriented, holistic approach that promotes a shift in perceptual worldviews and ethical action. This six-month programme has the purpose to strengthen the knowledge, skills, and abilities of educators to implement Education for Sustainable Development and Education for Global Citizenship through the lenses of the Earth Charter.
It is clear that education plays a central role for the effective implementation of all SDGs. To accomplish this a transformative pedagogy is needed; an innovative pedagogy that informs and empowers learners to accept their role as planetary citizens who can create new ways of being and new institutions that benefit all. This UNESCO Chair on ESD with the Earth Charter Programme will provide a space of dialogue using transformative learning pedagogical processes that respond to the new guidance and educational needs of today. Programme Objectives Strengthen the knowledge, skills, and abilities of educators to implement Education for Sustainable Development and Education for Global Citizenship in their work, providing a space for dialogue and professional update on pedagogical processes of transformative learning that respond to the new guidance and educational needs in this area. The programme will offer a special space to look into the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Specifically, this Certificate Programme seeks to: Clarify concepts of sustainability, sustainability values and principles, sustainable lifestyles and responsible consumption; and global citizenship, as well as the synergies between them. Deepen and expand knowledge about new paradigms of education associated with education for sustainability, sustainable lifestyles, education for global citizenship and transformative education. Strengthen capacities and skills of the educators to integrate the values of sustainability in their areas of action, and develop educational programmes that promote a new awareness of our relationship with the environment and sustainable lifestyles. Explore methodological and transforming pedagogical tools that can be used in educational programmes. Motivate and inspire educators to contribute, through their areas of action, in building more coherent, harmonious, and sustainable societies. Stimulate the exchange of experiences between educators from different contexts and regions. Participants Profile This Certificate Programme is aimed at K-12 teachers (primary and secondary educators), education professionals, and academics in different areas and levels of education. Methodology This is an online Certificate Programme, therefore sessions follow the model of asynchronous learning, where participants have flexibility to complete the sessions when it is convenient for them. However, there will be five real time webinars, one at the beginning of the programme and one at the end of each course, to give the possibility for participants and facilitators to meet and interact more. The Certificate Programme has a duration of five months. It consists of four courses plus five seminars. Each course consists of five sessions (one per week). The minimum hourly load per participant is 124 hours, which involves 4 hours per week to read and see all the materials per session, plus the time for the seminars, and the preparation and implementation of a final project (individually or in group). The courses provide a balance of theoretical and practical analysis, and includes video chats offered by facilitators, individual study materials, and forums where the group discusses the subjects. The four courses offered are: A Planetary Perspective: Toward a Culture of Peace, Sustainability, and Well-Being Values and Principles for Sustainability: The Earth Charter as an Ethical Framework and a Call to Action Transformative Learning, Worldviews, Sustainability: Experiential Education and the Earth Charter Transformative Learning and ESD: A Holistic Pedagogy Grounded in the Neurosciences Requirements to successfully conclude the Programme and obtain the Certificate: a) Conclude all the courses and meet basic course requirements. b) Implement the final project and present a report. When completing the Certificate Programme, the participants will: Develop a greater understanding of sustainable development, the Sustainable Development Goals and their application in education. Be familiar with new paradigms of education within the framework of Education for Sustainable Development, and related themes. Deepen knowledge and pedagogical tools to incorporate values-based education for sustainable development in educational programmes and processes. Internalize the ethical framework for sustainable development that is articulated in the Earth Charter, as a set of fundamental principles and values for building a more just, sustainable, and peaceful society. Strengthen the abilities and skills to work with values and principles of sustainability and the Earth Charter in educational programmes.

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