Education for Sustainable Development (ESD)
INTRODUCTION TO CONSULTATION FORM VERSION 1.5
consultation on education for sustainable development (ESD) is
sponsored by the PelicanWeb Journal of Sustainable Development
(formerly the Journal of Solidarity, Sustainability, and Nonviolence).
UNESCO has defined eight key areas that should be covered in
education for sustainable development: gender equality, health care,
environmental stewardship, rural development, cultural diversity, peace
& security, sustainable urbanization, and sustainable consumption.
objective of this consultation is to gather requirements for ESD.
These requirements must be articulated as issues or problem areas
that are to be considered and discussed in ESD programs. It
should be made clear that the objective of this consultation is not to
arrive at practical solutions (let alone "the" solution) to any of the
complex issues related to sustainable development. However, a good
inventory and taxonomy of relevant issues might be useful.
to say, UNESCO is not responsible for any misconceptions that the
questions might contain. Same applies to the answers to be entered,
collected, and analyzed. Hopefully, this exercise will lead to some
useful insights and perhaps even some recommendations about education
for sustainable development, but there is no presumption that such
results will be useful to UNESCO or any other institution.
have been selected either because you are a member of the Solidarity
& Sustainability Google Group, or a participant in one of several
fora related to sustainable development, or by another individual who
has given us your name because of your expertise in sustainable
development and/or related global issues such as gender discrimination,
the gap between the very rich and the very poor, and the deterioration
of the human habitat.
The consultation form can be completed in
one hour or so. Answer each of the questions to the best of your
knowledge. All of your responses will remain anonymous. Complete
the survey and press the submit button at the end. When you press
submit, your answers are added to the survey spreadsheet. A
summary of the findings will be made available to participants who
provide contact information.
Version 1.5 is a major revision based on feedback received from Version 0 and Version 1. For more information:
PelicanWeb Journal of Sustainable Development, Volume 5, Number 6, June 2009
1.5 again includes 5 questions for each UNESCO key area, for a total of
40 questions. In each group of 5, the first question is a
"relevance ranking" of the UNESCO key area, where "relevance" means
"relevance for sustainable development." The second question
requires selecting one root cause from a list but allows the
participant to enter another root cause. The format of the third,
fourth, and fifth questions is "select all the options that apply
and/or enter an additional option."
Thank you for your patience and participation.
Luis T. Gutierrez, Ph.D.
Editor, E-Journal of Solidarity, Sustainability, and Nonviolence
This is a monthly, free subscription, open access e-journal.
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Note: Questions marked with an asterisk are required. Other questions are optional.