Lifelong learning is key to solving global challenges and is therefore integral to Education for Sustainable Development (ESD), defined by UNESCO as ‘education for social transformation with the goal of creating more sustainable societies’ (UNESCO, 2012, p 33).
In many parts of the world, however, ESD is still predominantly taught in formal education and schooling and not in the wider community. To address this, the UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning (UIL) will host a virtual session on 19 May 2021, ‘ESD in lifelong learning’, as part of the UNESCO World Conference on Education for Sustainable Development in Berlin, Germany. Speakers from Australia, Colombia, the Republic of Korea, and the Seychelles will contribute to the session.
Experts including policy-makers and academics will debate on how to realize an integrated lifelong learning approach to ESD that caters to all population groups, responds to diverse contextual challenges, and addresses specific learning needs. More specifically, the objectives of this session are to:
- inform policy-making for ESD with a lifelong leaning approach;
- promote synergies between different learning modalities for ESD;
- propose strategies for cross-sectoral cooperation in ESD;
- share and discuss strategies and initiatives for utilizing non-formal and informal learning opportunities for ESD.
The UNESCO World Conference on Education for Sustainable Development will take place virtually from 17 to 19 May 2021. The purpose of the event is to highlight the crucial role of Education for Sustainable Development as a key enabler for the successful achievement of the UN Sustainable Development Goals, the post-COVID-19 process, and to create momentum for strengthening ESD in policy and practice.
UNESCO World Conference on Education for Sustainable Development (17 to 19 May 2021)