Education Archives - Earth Charter

Proceedings of Education for Sustainable Living workshop

Education Sustainable LivingThe workshop ¨Education for Sustainable Living –  Advancing teaching and learning for responsible consumption¨ took place on 24th April  2018 in the framework of UNESCO Global Action Programme on ESD Global Network Meeting, in Costa Rica.

We are sharing here the proceedings of this workshop, which include the presentation files and some pictures from the days, as well as a summary of each session and a review of the workshop outcomes.

ESL Workshop Proceedings

This workshop was  organised  by: Latin  America  PERL  Regional  Network,  Centre  for  Collaborative  Learning  for  Sustainable  Development  at  Inland  Norway  University  of  Applied  Sciences and  the  Earth  Charter  Center  for  Education  for  Sustainable  Development.

Find here more information about PERL work on Education for Sustainable Lifestyles.

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Teacher training to UNESCO Associated Schools- Costa Rica

The Earth Charter Center of Education for Sustainable Development, through the UNESCO Chair of Education for Sustainable Development offered the course called Educating for Sustainability with the Earth Charter, to UNESCO Associated Schools Project Network of Costa Rica (ASPnet).

This course took place on 10 -11 May 2018, the Earth Charter Center coordinated the first day of the course, the second day was a field visit to a farm of the National Electricity Company of Costa Rica (CNFL).

Thirty teachers from all over Costa Rica, rural and urban, and from public and private educational centers participated.

The main objective of the course was to offer basic training on the philosophical and ethical principles of Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) with which ASPnet works, using the Earth Charter, an ethical framework recognized by UNESCO for the development of ESD worldwide.

On the first day of the course, activities were carried out to expand knowledge about the concept of sustainability and systems thinking. The ESD policy framework was presented, and activities were carried out to introduce the principles of the Earth Charter. The course was highly participatory in order to seek a joyful process for the participants.

The Earth Charter Center has been for several years offering this training in support of the UNESCO Associated Schools Network.


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Articles: The Earth Charter as a tool for education on all types of justice

Graphic ECNelly Kostoulas-Makrakis, Associate professor of Teaching Methodology and Education for Sustainable Development at the University of Crete, is not only an Earth Charter Friend, but also very active using the Earth Charter in her teachings. She challenges her students to engage in all types of sustainability justice, as described in the Earth Charter.

Through Prof. Kostaulas-Makrakis, we received two very interesting articles from her hand in which she explains very well why the EC is valuable in teachings, how it can be applied, and what a difference using the principles can make in people’s everyday life and the choices people make. The first article is titled ¨The Earth Charter through the Lenses of Sustainability Justice¨, and it was written for the Ninth International Conference in Open & Distance Learning, held in November 2017 in Athens, Greece.

The second paper is called ¨Integrating Sustainable Happiness in pre-Service Teacher Training Enabled through the Earth Charter Lenses¨.

Building on Mirian Vilela’s (2014:xxxiii) statement “… the transformation we all seek and that will make a just, sustainable, and peaceful world will require that we reconnect our inner selves with the larger community of life, through both a change of mind and a change of heart”; Prof. Kostoulas-Makrakis explains how merging the Head, the Heart, and the Hand responds to the need for adopting a holistic approach to teaching and learning to live together sustainably (Kostoulas-Makrakis, 2014). The head is about cognitive function and being logical, while the heart is about affective function, ethics, values, emotions, feelings, and the hands are about human agency, which is the disposition and ability to act as agents of change.

Especially for people working in the field of education, it is highly recommended to read these articles and use the information to help finding methods of implementing the principles of the Earth Charter for educational purposes.

A very special thank you to Nelly Kostoulas-Makrakis for sharing both articles.

Download here both articles.

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Creative Educators International Network Conference held in Costa Rica

Creative Educators International Network (CEIN)

Costa Rica Conference: April 01 – 05 2018

Fostering a Sustainable World Through Value Creating Education

At Earth Charter Education Center, University of Peace and Quality Hotel in San Jose

Costa Rica Conference Day 1 ActivityCREATIVE EDUCATORS INTERNATIONAL NETWORK, Inc., (CEIN) is a non-profit NGO dedicated to helping communities become sustainable through value-creating education, and to inspire educators who are implementing Value-Creating Education in different ways. CEIN held its conference this year in Costa Rica.

CEIN wants to share our experience at the EC Education Center which was the first part of our conference. We learned here that educating and learning is to live in a space of reciprocal acceptance, where there is legitimate respect for oneself and others and a special deep gratitude, appreciation and respect for the environment. CEIN members come from different countries, so experiencing this together will have a profound effect on our work together.

Mirian Vilela, Executive Director of the Earth Charter International (ECI) CEIN foto mirianinspired us through workshops in nature using our own experiences and then had us share this new meaning with each other. Using our five senses, she invited us to learn to perceive our internal and external environment together. We acquired “sensory experiences” and then shared our feelings with each other and what we learned together.

Daisaku Ikeda, CEIN’s Value Creating Education mentor, (2002) echoes the importance of this kind of education. “It is only with a common vision and a joint effort to achieve it that we can welcome a more hopeful future. For this reason, it is imperative that the international community support and value the Earth Charter.”

Costa Rica Conference Picture 1We next learned to use the Earth Charter from a pedagogical perspective. ECI provides playful forms, teaching lessons, for educators and pupils; animated short films designed to educate the younger generation about the importance of doing little things to take care of our planet.

In the third workshop, Mirian presented how the objectives of the Sustainable Development Goals, the SDGs, interrelate with the principles of the Earth Charter. Our deep support for one Earth Charter Principle or SDG goal will positively affect all global problems. This concurs with Value Creating Education too.

For Day 2 and 3 of our conference we further developed our CEIN Offline curriculum for Sustainable Community Educators. This began with Dialogue Skills for Communities, which will become a foundation class.

group photoThis was followed by presentations of three experiences: Sustainable Community Education from an Amazonian perspective, Value Creating Gardening at a school in India, and an International Peace Education conflict resolution issue from a suburban neighborhood dispute in the U.S.

Mirian Vilela and Alicia Jimenez were invited  to join the rest of our conference. We identified many ways to work together and how useful the Earth Charter will be to us. We also discussed our community-measuring tool and the role it will play to help communities discover their strengths.

Finally on our last day, at The University of Peace, we were invited to conduct a tree planting ceremony to commemorate our stay. We were overwhelmed with gratitude to be forever part of UPEACE and ECI.

Costa Rica Tree Planting SessionWith great solemnity, we did the planting and with great feeling in our hearts, we took our photograph with the knowledge we had created a conference with spectacular meaning on its campus.

We recorded a moment that will remain unforgettable. Next to this tree will be placed a plaque “CEIN: Promoting Sustainable Communities through Value Creating Education.” This is a small change from the title of the conference and done because each of us became dedicated to the community of life where we live.

Written by CEIN team.

Click here for more information on CEIN.

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Pre-school version of the Earth Charter

Adaptacion-CT-Implicate-2018Implicate+ is a group of educators from Spain and an Earth Charter Affiliate.

They have created an adaptation of the Earth Charter for Pre-school children, available in Spanish and Catalan.

You can download this publication here.

In addition, they have compiled a series of experiences with the Earth Charter in different education settings.

These stories are available in Catalan only:


Primary school

High school

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Queensland Global Citizenship Schools Programme

Australia Earth Charter BrochureEarth Charter Committee of Australia has been working under the United Nations Association of Australia (UNAA). This group recently published an Earth Charter Brochure, which they have been sharing in their activities.

A very interesting action this Committee carry out every year is the UNAA Queensland Global Citizenship Schools Programme.

The aim is to engage and inspire primary and secondary students across Queensland to become active Global Citizens. The specific objectives are:

– Engage and inspire students to become active Global Citizens
– Empower students to be effective leaders
– Support students to plan two UN Global Goals school initiatives
– Target Principle 14a of the Earth Charter: “Provide all, especially children and youth, with educational opportunities that empower them to contribute actively to sustainable development.”
– Build connections between schools and Local Members

Registration is open for the 2018 program, find all information here:

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Kids from Spain explain what the Earth Charter is

The Values Foundation, Affiliate of the Earth Charter International in Spain, has created a very special video, where three kids explain what the Earth Charter is in a fun and engaging way.

For this organization, the Earth Charter, is a document and a participatory process that continues to create a global civil network throughout the planet. Children are part of this global network, and they have been given the opportunity to give their message, through this video.

We appreciate if you share this video with your networks and friends, it can be an interesting tool to be used in the classroom.  The video is in Spanish with English subtitles.


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Earth Charter Education Opportunities

CDT 2016-2017-033The Earth Charter Center for Education for Sustainable Development is offering the following Education programmes, open to all interested.

The Programmes are developed under the UNESCO Chair on Education for Sustainable Development, that the Earth Charter Center coordinates with the University for Peace.

Find the information of next programmes in the links below.



29 May to 27 November 2018:  Online Certificate Programmes on Education for Sustainable Development in Spanish and Portuguese.  Six-month diploma programmes fully online. Certificate offered with the University for Peace.

Portuguese: Programa Internacional de Aperfeiçoamento Profissional (PIAP). Educação para o Desenvolvimento Sustentável 2018

Spanish:  Programa Internacional de Actualización Profesional. Diplomado en Educación para el Desarrollo Sostenible


02 -06 July 2018:  Education, Ethics, & Values for Sustainability.  Transformative Teaching and Learning with the Earth Charter.   This is a 1-week intensive executive programme, co-facilitated by Sam Crowell and Mirian Vilela. Location: Earth Charter Education Center in Costa Rica.


09 April– 18 June 2018:  Leadership, Sustainability, and Ethics Training. A 10-week online training for emerging youth leaders.  Spanish.

This online course will be offered again in English and Spanish in the following dates:

English:  02 July- 10 September

Spanish:  24 September- 03 December

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UMAPAZ Earth Charter in Action Programme in Sao Paulo, Brazil

Foto 3 Formacion de Agentes SocioAmbientalesDuring the first half of 2017, around 19.880 people participated in courses, seminars, workshops and meetings at the Open University of Environment and Culture of Peace (UMAPAZ), and 160.000 participants attended sessions of the Ibirapuera and Carmo Planetariums, also managed by the University. When UMAPAZ was created, it was inspired by the Earth Charter and it served as one of the foundations of this institution.

The UMAPAZ is linked to the Municipal Secretariat of Green and Environment of the City of São Paulo (Brazil), and it is located in the Ibirapuera Park. All UMAPAZ activities, courses or events have been offered free of charge to the citizens of the city of Sao Paulo and to those interested from other cities as well.

Since 2009, UMAPAZ has been developing the Earth Charter in Action Programme with an articulated set of activities aimed at sensitizing, training, and supporting urban socio-environmental agents to carry out socio-environmental projects and contribute to a more just and sustainable city.

In 2017, the Earth Charter in Action Programme of UMAPAZ has carried out the following activities:

  • Earth Charter Encounter with alumi – On 25 January Foto 4 UMAPAZ, Sao Paulo y Carta de la Tierra2017, a meeting brought together the socio-environmental urban agents of the classes held from 2009 to 2016, with the objective of sharing achievements and strengthening alliances.
  • 14th Generation of the Training Course for Urban Socio-Environmental Agents, from April to July 2017, with this 100 hours course, 44 people were certified and 26 socio-environmental projects were carried out in the city.  Some quotes from participants are as follow:

-“I learned to take a fresh look at the city.”

“Putting ideas into practice and still feel safe to have a basis for that is very good! Meeting people (group and speakers) who already act in the area is stimulating, beautiful, hopeful and enriching.

 -“I see the Earth Charter – urban socio-environmental agents, as seeds of trees that are being planted and whose fruits are intended to be harvested in the future.

  • Course of Socio-environmental Agent’s Foto 2 UMAPAZ formacion Carta de la TierraTerritories, in association with SESC Itaquera, focusing the Aricanduva River basin, in the East of São Paulo, from April to July 2017, with 60 hours and 47 people certified. Participants expressed:

-“I came out of this experience with the willingness to put into action all that I have learned here, and recognizing the possibility of expansion of knowledge and relationships.

-” The experience of meeting groups and finding learning spaces in the city was wonderful.”

V Seminar on Environmental Education, sowing the Educating City, on Agenda 2030 and the Sustainable Development Goals, This meeting took place on 25 August 2017, organized in partnership with the NGO Aprendiz and included the Programme Sustainable turn around of São Paulo. The Seminar involved Rose Marie Inojosa, Cristina Moreno, and Mariana Noronha, from the NGO Public Agenda.

Foto 2 Carta de la Tierra actividades en la UMAPAZSome activities that are still being carried out, from September to October 2017, are:

  • Experiences in Urban Permaculture Course, based on active learning, aims to provide urban socio-environmental agents with experiences in urban permaculture workshops in different peripheral areas of the city, sharing knowledge and demonstrating how much the city has to learn from its peripheries. Association with Sustainable Socio-environmental Culture Point; Community Association of Vila Nova Esperanza; Architecture in Permaculture and Eco-Friendly House. Bioconstruction Workshops, Herb Spiral, Agroforestry Biodynamic Plant, and Intervention in Prainha Urban Park, in the Grajaú region.

Activities in preparation for November 2017:

  • VI Environmental Education Seminar sowing the Educating City.

 Foto 1 Encuentro Carta de la Tierra UMAPAZ enero 2017For 2018, the Earth Charter programme at UMAPAZ plans to hold:

-The 15th Training Course of Urban Socio-environmental Agents – beginning March

– The 2nd Class of the Articulation Course of Socio-environmental Agent’s Territories – beginning: August

– The 2nd Class of the Experiences Course in Urban Permaculture – beginning: September

– The 7th and 8th edition of the Environmental Education Seminar sowing the Educating City – July and November
The Earth Charter in Action programme of UMAPAZ is coordinated by biologist Débora Pontalti Marcondes and geographer Lia Salomão Lopes.

For more information on UMAPAZ and the Earth Charter in Action program visit:

Contact: dmarcondes[@] or  liasalomaolopes[@]


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Registration open: Online Certificate Programme on Education for Sustainable Development 2018

Online Certificate 2018 photoRegistration is now open for the 2018 Online Certificate Programme on Education for Sustainable Development! Click here to apply.

This unique programme is designed to provide participants with the understanding, knowledge, and skills to integrate Education for Sustainable Development and Education for Global Citizenship into classrooms, schools, and curricula with depth and creativity. It offers a space to learn about the Sustainable Development Goals with a special focus on the SDG 4.7

Unlike most programmes in sustainability, the Earth Charter is used as a central feature of this approach.The Earth Charter provides a broad, inclusive and powerful values-based orientation that can be infused within the missions and purposes of most educational programmes. The methodologies introduced are ones that can be applied to all learning across the curriculum and across grade levels.

The Certificate Programme has a duration of five months. It consists of four courses plus five seminars. Each course consists of five sessions (one per week). The minimum hourly load per participant required to take this programme is 124 hours.

All information on the Programme can be found here.

The Programme has four courses, which are:OC photo 3

  1. A Planetary Perspective: Toward a Culture of Peace, Sustainability, and Well-Being – Facilitators: Lorna Down and Rosalyn McKeown
  2. Values and Principles for Sustainability: The Earth Charter as an Ethical Framework and a Call to Action – Facilitators: Mirian Vilela and Alicia Jimenez
  3. Transformative Learning and ESD: A Holistic Pedagogy Grounded in the Neurosciences – Facilitator: Sam Crowell
  4. The Way Forward: Models and Skills for Implementing ESD with the Earth Charter – Facilitator: Mark Hathaway

The Programme will start on 17 January and will finish on 20 June 2018. The deadline to apply with special discount is 15 November 2017.

Download here the Programme´s brochure and watch our video for more information:

For any questions write to:


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