Results of survey on UNESCO goals for Education for Sustainable Development

A German-Japanese survey analyzed UNESCO's action goals for the second half of the UNDESD.

Dieter Gross, CEC member Photo: Dieter Gross

By Dieter Gross, CEC member

The results have been presented by a PowerPoint Presentation on The 7th International Conference: "Leadership for an Inclusive and Sustainable World" the LEARNING TEACHER NETWORK, Berlin, January 27-29, 2011. The presentation by Dieter Gross was titled "Deficits with Implementing ESD: Results of an International Survey on UNESCO's Action Goals and Approaches to these Issues."

The results of the survey may serve to put the focus on suitable activities and support the stakeholders’ efforts in implementing ESD by the gained insights, e.g. by coping with unsatisfactory results or BARRIERS such as:

  • lack of adequate resources and public awareness-raising,
  • need to train business leaders,
  • gender equality and promoting the role and the contribution of media for fostering public awareness and understanding of sustainability issues etc.

On the other hand, DRIVERS were revealed which will decisively support activities towards ESD:

  • ESD networking,
  • integrate ESD by involving NGOs and development partners,
  • implement ESD policies through scientific communities,
  • engage the commitment, solidarity and potential of youth etc.

Applying this specific knowledge of DRIVERS and BARRIERS - integratively used for a synergetic and reinforcing strategy - will serve as the framework for appropriate activities towards the end of the Decade and beyond. Thus there is a covert incoherence as well as an overt disenchantment (‘ Entzauberung’; Max Weber) between UNESCO’s goals’ unknown results and the surveys’ known ones.

National goals, either adapted or transferred from UNESCO’s collection reflect these deficiencies – e.g. evaluation of Germany’s and Japan’s goals for the second half of the Decade.

The complete results of the survey will be published in a special issue of the magazine Global Environmental Research (Tokyo) – Education for Sustainable Development: Creating Synergies for Learning for a Sustainable World ;
D. Gross & S. Nakayama: Implementing ESD with Focus on UNESCO’s Action and Strategy Goals for the Second Half of the Decade. The survey was conducted in 2009 by a group of international experts.

For more information, contact Dieter Gross
Shuichi Nakayama


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