Sustainable development and global citizenship
Learners need to develop the skills, knowledge, attitudes and values to participate in decision-making individually and collectively, both locally and globally that will improve the quality of life now without damaging the planet for the future. They need to be helped to understand the global forces which shape their lives and to acquire the ability to challenge injustice and inequality that will equip them to promote a more equitable and sustainable world.
Education for sustainable development and global citizenship involves learning about the links between society, economy and the environment and between our own lives and those of people throughout the world; about the needs and rights of both present and future generations; about the relationships between power, resources and human rights; and about the local and global implications of human activities and the actions that individuals and organisations can take in response to local and global issues. Concepts such as energy use, climate change, loss of biodiversity and the impact of global poverty are brought to life, understood, acted upon and evidenced through actions by learners, whilst at school or college and through their lives in the wider community.