Education for sustainable development – Changing paradigms

Universities and other educational institutions will need to adopt experimental and applied learning approaches to ‘education for sustainable development’ (ESD) to prepare learners to address the grand socio-ecological challenges of the 21st century, according to the International Association of Universities.

This cannot be done by continuing the teaching paradigms and traditions of the 20th century. Hence the need to transform education by taking a whole-institution approach to teaching and learning, research and community engagement, says the body created under the auspices of UNESCO to serve the global higher education community with expertise and trends analysis and peer-to-peer learning and support.

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