Education for Sustainable Development and Global Citizenship in Education 2030 / SDG 4
In a globalized world with unresolved social, political, economic and environmental challenges, education that helps building peaceful and sustainable societies is essential. Education systems seldom fully integrate such transformative approaches, however. It is vital therefore to give a central place in Education 2030 to strengthening education’s contribution to the fulfillment of human rights, peace and responsible citizenship from local to global levels, gender equality, sustainable development and health.
The content of such education must be relevant, with a focus on both cognitive and non-cognitive aspects of learning. The knowledge, skills, values and attitudes required by citizens to lead productive lives, make informed decisions and assume active roles locally and globally in facing and resolving global challenges can be acquired through education for sustainable development (ESD) and global citizenship education (GCED), which includes peace and human rights education as well as intercultural education and education for international understanding.
Education 2030. Incheon Declaration and Framework for Action for the implementation for Sustainable Development Goal 4. May 2015. http://unesdoc.unesco.org/images/0024/002456/245656E.pdf
Sustainable Development Goal Target 4.7
By 2030, ensure that all learners acquire knowledge and skills needed to promote sustainable development, including, among others, through education for sustainable development and sustainable lifestyles, human rights, gender equality, promotion of a culture of peace and non-violence, global citizenship and appreciation of cultural diversity and of culture’s contribution to sustainable development.
The Global Indicator for SDG 4.7
The extent to which (i) global citizenship education and (ii) education for sustainable development, including gender equality and human rights, are mainstreamed at all levels in (a) national education policies (b) curricula (c) teacher education and (d) student assessment.
Indicative Strategies Recommended in the Education 2030 Framework for Action:
SDG 4 and SDG 4.7
SDG 4.7 Progress Indicators
Education for Sustainable Development
Global Citizenship Education
Human Rights Education