First meeting of EU working group on sustainability in school education
Representatives from ministries of education and the environment, social partners and stakeholder organisations from more than 30 European countries met this week to discuss how schools, communities, education policies and programmes can best support learning about and for the environment and sustainability.
developing a whole-school plan for sustainability, which involves students, staff, parents, partners and community stakeholders
formulating a vision for the school which is positive, addresses ‘eco-anxiety’ and is future-oriented
ensuring that students have hands-on opportunities and experience to learn about and practice sustainability inside and outside the classroom
promoting a shared approach to leadership where teachers and learners are actively involved in designing, planning and taking action on sustainability
The working group will now produce a policy guidance brief on the topic of whole-school approaches to sustainability, which will include examples of good practices from European Union and other countries.
The group will meet on a regular basis over the next five years to share experience and work together on policy guidance and resources. They will identify and share good practices and examples of sustainability in school education.
The next meeting of the group will occur as part of the World Environmental Education Congress taking place online and in-person in Prague in mid-March.