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UNESCO publication on national experiences with ESD

National Journeys towards Education for Sustainable Development, published by UNESCO, is an interesting book that offers information on how several countries use learning and education to address sustainability challenges.

After the 2011 issue that reported on practices in Chile, Indonesia, Kenya, the Netherlands, and Oman, the 2013 National Journeys edition showcases ESD progress in Costa Rica, Morocco, South Africa, Sweden, and Viet Nam.

The five case studies indicate that political support from the national government is vital for driving ESD processes.

The case from Costa Rica, written by Abelardo Brenes, highlights the work that the Earth Charter Center for Education for Sustainable Development has undertaken in this country, and also the wealth of resources it has to offer to educators from all over the world on ESD.

The case studies also highlight the need for more ESD in teacher training programmes. This is stressed by both the Swedish and Moroccan researchers, while the South African case study also recommends the development of monitoring and assessment processes for ESD learning. Finally, to move forward with the successful implementation of ESD, sufficient financial resources must be allocated.

Find this document in UNESCO’s virtual resource center. 

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