18 January – 28 June, 2023

Online Certificate on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD)

ONLINE & FACILITATED. Strengthen the knowledge, skills, and abilities of educators to implement ESD and Education for Global Citizenship in their work to respond to the new guidance and educational needs of today.

This unique programme is designed to provide participants with the opportunity to deepen understanding, knowledge, and skills to integrate Education for Sustainable Development and Education for Global Citizenship into classrooms, schools, and curricula. It contributes to the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals, with a specific focus on SDG 4, target SDG 4.7.

Unlike most programmes in sustainability, in these courses, the Earth Charter (EC) is used as a central feature of this approach. The EC 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.

This Certificate on ESD is implemented under the UNESCO Chair on Education for Sustainable Development with the Earth Charter, which generates educational programmes and research activities at the intersection of sustainability, ethics and education. 

Participants who successfully complete this Online Programme will be invited to join the Earth Charter Educators Network.

“The Program is an eye opener and life changer about how to view our place on this Earth and what we can do to make it a better for all going forward.”



Dr. Sam Crowell

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Dr. Crowell is professor emeritus of education at California State University–San Bernardino and a founder and co-director of the MA in Holistic and Integrative Education and the Center for Holistic and Integrative Learning. He has worked as an elementary school teacher, a principal, an administrator, and a university professor. He considers himself a holistic educator and an advocate of the artistry of teaching. He has been actively engaged with Education for Sustainable Development and the Earth Charter and co-authored the book, “The Re-Enchantment of Learning: A Manual for Teacher Renewal and Classroom Transformation” published by Corwin Press, and just released his new book, “Emergent Teaching: A Path of Creativity, Significance, and Transformation.”

Dr. Lorna Down

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Dr. Lorna Down is a Retired Senior Lecturer in the School of Education, University of the West Indies, Mona, Jamaica. She has co-authored a number of language text books and has published widely in the areas of Education for Sustainable Development, Literature and Teacher Education. Her current research focus is in the field of Teacher Education, Education for Sustainable Development and Literature. A founding member of MESCA (Mainstreaming Environment and Sustainability in Caribbean Universities), Dr. Down, along with other colleagues, has developed awareness and practice in Education for Sustainable Development and Climate Change Education for Sustainable Development throughout the Caribbean region. She has also conducted ESD/CCESD workshops internationally. Dr. Down is also the Editor of the Caribbean Journal of Education.

Dr. Mark Hathaway

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Dr. Mark Hathaway is an adult educator with extensive experience in both Canada and Latin America. He is the principle author (along with Leonardo Boff) of The Tao of Liberation: Exploring the Ecology of Transformation (Orbis, 2009) which integrates perspectives from economics, ecology, social justice, spirituality, and post-modern cosmology. Mark is currently a Vanier Canada Graduate Scholar in the Adult Education and Community Development Program at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto, Canada. His doctoral research explores the cultivation of ecological wisdom – along with the intersections between transformative learning, worldviews, ecopsychology, and engagement for sustainability – by examining the significant life experiences of 24 environmental educators and activists.”

Dr. Rosalyn McKeown

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Dr. Rosalyn McKeown is Coordinator for the Online Global Forum on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) for Teacher Educators. She is an ESD advisor for Kappa Delta Pi International Honor Society in Education. She served for three years as a Programme Specialist in the ESD Section at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris and has over 60 publications of which 25+ are in peer-reviewed journals. Rosalyn earned B.A. in geography from the University of California – Los Angeles, an M.S. in teacher education from the University of Tennessee, an M.A. and Ph.D. in geography from the University of Oregon. Rosalyn is the primary author of the Education for Sustainable Development Toolkit. She primarily taught teacher-preparation courses and was a high school teacher.

Dr. Mirian Vilela

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Mirian Vilela is the Executive Director of the Earth Charter International Secretariat and the Center for Education for Sustainable Development at UPEACE. Mirian has been working with the Earth Charter Initiative since early 1996. She is coordinating the UNESCO Chair on Education for Sustainable Development with the Earth Charter. She was a member of the UNESCO Expert Reference Group for the Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (DESD) and has been a professor on Sustainable Development at the University for Peace since 2005.

Dr. Alicia Jimenez

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Alicia Jimenez is the Director of Programmes at the Earth Charter International (ECI) Secretariat in Costa Rica. She is a biologist with a MSc in Resource Development from Michigan State University in the US and since 1998 has been working in the field of conservation and sustainable development. She worked in the IUCN Mesoamerica’s Regional Office and the National University of Costa Rica, and has been involved as a visiting professor at the University for Peace. In 2006, she joined the ECI, where she oversees the promotion of the Earth Charter as widely as possible, especially in Latin America, Africa & Middle East and Asia Pacific. In addition, she is involved with the Secretariat’s projects on education for sustainable development.