Education for Sustainability

 

National Curricula

With the progressive implementation of National Curricula in Australia, new documents are being released to guide teachers and sechools in preparing students for the future. The area of sustainability is an inportant one in this context. The quote that follows is from one of the national documents

The importance of education for sustainability

Put simply, sustainability is about reducing our ecological footprint, while simultaneously improving the quality of life that we value—the ‘liveability’ of our society.

Education for sustainability is both present- and future-oriented. It’s about learning to design and implement actions for the present, in the knowledge that the impact of these actions will be experienced in the future. In this way it leads to students developing an overall capacity to contribute to “a more sustainable future in terms of environmental integrity, economic viability, and a just society for present and future generations.

Sustainability Curriculum Framework – a Guide for Curriculum Developers and Policy Makers

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