International GAP Seminar 2015: "Capacity Building for Educational Action in ESD"

The Learning Teacher Network organised the 2nd International Seminar on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) in Edinburgh, Scotland UK on 5-7 November 2015. The title of the seminar was 'Capacity Building for Educational Action in ESD'. With input from internationally recognized experts and interactive discussions among the participants the seminar learned more about capacity building and local action for the implementation of UNESCO’s new Global Action Programme on Education for Sustainable Development (GAP/ESD).

Framework
Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) allows every human being to acquire the knowledge, skills, attitudes and values necessary to shape a sustainable future. ESD means including key sustainable development issues into teaching and learning.

The UNESCO 2014 World Conference on ESD adopted the UNESCO Roadmap for implementing the Global Action Programme on Education for Sustainable Development.

The GAP has two objectives:
* to reorient education and learning so that everyone has the opportunity to acquire the knowledge, skills, values and attitudes that empower them to contribute to sustainable development – and make a difference;
* to strengthen education and learning in all agendas, programmes and activities that promote sustainable development.

The GAP focuses on five Priority Action areas:
1. Advancing policy;
2. Integrating sustainability practices into education and training environments (whole-institution approaches);
3. Increasing the capacity of educators and trainers;
4. Empowering and mobilizing youth;
5. Encouraging local communities and municipal authorities to develop community-based ESD programmes.

The Learning Teacher Network is an official UNESCO GAP Key Partner on the capacity building of educators and trainers (GAP, Priority Action Area 3).

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