A group of 80 ministers and more than 1,500 environmental educators met in Berlin to make a formal commitment to change the learning system for the health of our planet.
Through an online conference, the specialists adopted the Berlin Declaration on Education for Sustainable Development. The event, coordinated by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the Federal Ministry of Education and Research of Germany, was followed by more than 10,000 people through the web.
UNESCO has called for education for sustainable development to be a fundamental element in all education systems by the year 2025. Audrey Azoulay, Director-General of UNESCO, believes that “education is a powerful lever to transform our relationship with nature and we must investTweet
The promotion of a new UNESCO app that analyzes the education plans and curriculum frameworks of 50 countries has reopened the debate. The organization points out that half of these regions do not take into account climate change and less than 20% deal with biodiversity.
The Berlin Declaration envisages a series of policies aimed at broadly transforming education, encompassing teaching, learning, vocational training, and civic engagement. In addition, the need to apply education for Sustainable Development is highlighted, focusing on cognitive skills, social learning, emotional learning, the ability to resolve conflicts, and increasing resilience.
“Education for Sustainable Development must be accessible to all. The success of this program will bring us closer to all the Sustainable Development goals for 2030, ”said Angela Merkel, Chancellor of Germany, in her welcoming speech.
During the Conference, the nations present shared their education plans for Sustainable Development. Anja Karliczek, Federal Minister of Education and Research of Germany, expressed the commitments of 18 countries of the European Union to implement the framework of Education for Sustainable Development 2030.
Laurent Fabius, former Prime Minister of France and who presided over the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement, pointed out that “the fight against climate change begins in schools” and called for a tripling of efforts to improve the training of educators on its knowledge in Sustainable Development. “The year 2021 is the year that we will overcome the pandemic and we will move towards a model of Sustainable Development for the future. If we lose this opportunity, we will lose decades, ”said Fabius.
The voices of the young people (who used the #AprenderporelPlaneta) had a suitable place in the meeting. “Building a new lifestyle is not easy, but together we can do it. Learning about our planet and for our planet should be part of education anywhere in the world, ”said Rajwa Pandhita, a student from Indonesia.
The adoption of the Berlin Declaration will drive the Education for Sustainable Development Roadmap with targets for 2030. Each UNESCO member has a responsibility to create a network of change agents who can make this ambitious vision a reality.
From now on, states should continue to offer opportunities to realize this commitment, especially at upcoming UN conferences: COP15 on Biodiversity in Kunming (China) in October and COP26 on climate change in Glasgow (UK) in November.
5 years ago, the desire to do something for the planet that in turn would substantially improve the lives of other young people, was our starting motor. At eSmart Recycling, we know how education can transform lives and we make ourselves available, from our platform, to collaborate with the Sustainable Development goals to achieve the qualification our Earth needs.