Education, Ethics, & Values for Sustainability: Transformative Teaching and Learning with the Earth Charter

This masterclass is designed for educators in formal and informal settings: schools, universities, NGOs, training centers or any learning environment.
July 3 – 7, 2017

About this Programme

Under the framework of the UNESCO Chair on Education for Sustainable Development with the Earth Charter, this programme offers an opportunity to deepen understanding on the role of education in fostering sustainability.

This programme will offer you the opportunity to expand your knowledge and experience of:

  • The Earth Charter principles
  • Education for Sustainable Development and the Earth Charter pedagogy
  • The sustainability vision articulated in the Earth Charter
  • Resource materials that you can use in your teaching


The programme empowers educators to create practical and meaningful experiences that give power and significance to the ethical principles and values of the Earth Charter. The programme explores how to craft learning experiences that go beyond rational logic and touch on emotional learning abilities. The Earth Charter, when introduced and used in vibrant and tangible ways, provides a transformative force and offers an essential foundation for sustainability to succeed.

The programme deepens the concept of sustainable development and its implications for education, learning, and change. It explores practical methods for introducing sustainability values into educational settings.

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Dr. Sam 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.”


Mirian VilelaMirian 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 newly established UNESCO Chair on Education for Sustainable Development with the Earth Charter. She is also a member of the UNESCO Expert Reference Group for the Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (DESD) and has been a visiting professor on Sustainable Development at the University for Peace since 2005. Over the years she has lead and facilitated numerous international workshops, courses, and seminars on values and principles for sustainability. Mirian holds a Master´s Degree in Public Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, where she was an Edward Mason Fellow. She is originally from Brazil.

Earth Charter Center in El Rodeo

About Costa Rica and the Earth Charter Center for ESD

Course participants will receive the added benefit of learning about sustainability values in Costa Rica, a country that has received ongoing praise for its commitment to environmental sustainability. The course is taught at the Earth Charter Center for Education for Sustainable Development on a natural reserve in El Rodeo, Costa Rica. The Center is on the campus for the UN-mandated University for Peace, which is located on one of the largest natural reserves in the Costa Rican Central Valley.

About the Earth Charter

In 2004, UNESCO adopted a Resolution (Reference 32C/17) which includes the following:

  • Recognize the Earth Charter as an important ethical framework for sustainable development, and acknowledge its ethical principles, its objectives and its contents, as an expression that coincides with UNESCO’s vision set forth in its Medium-Term Strategy for 2002-2007.
  • Affirm the Member States’ intention to utilize the Earth Charter as an educational tool, particularly in the framework of the United Nations Decade of Education for Sustainable Development.

Accommodations and Payment

The cost of lodging varies between US $50 to US $115 per day. These are special prices offered to our organization. Once you have registered for the course we will help you with the process of choosing and booking the hotel. If you prefer, we can also provide lodging with a Costa Rican family living around the nearby town of Ciudad Colón.

The tuition fee must be paid at least two weeks before starting the course. If you must cancel, please contact us. *Receive a 10% discount when you pay two months in advance.

Programme Cancellation and Travel Insurance

If the program is canceled or postponed, you will be refunded 100% of the money paid for tuition. The Earth Charter International and the Earth Charter Center for ESD are not responsible for any other costs, including reimbursement of the cost of air tickets.

Participants must travel with medical and life insurance. The Earth Charter International and the Earth Charter Center for ESD are not responsible for covering any possible medical treatment.

About the UNESCO Chair

The Earth Charter Center for ESD is coordinating the UNESCO Chair on Education for Sustainable Development. Our goal is to help educators integrate the values inherent in sustainable development into all aspects of learning so it encourages change in behavior that allow for a more sustainable and just society for all.

July 3- 7, 2017


Earth Charter Center for Education for Sustainable Development
University for Peace
El Rodeo, San José 10701
Costa Rica


Phone +506 2205-9060
Email apply [@] earthcharter dot org


Programme Cost:


Programme cost includes program materials, refreshments, lunch, local transport and certificate of completion. 30% discount for groups of 3 or more. Partial scholarships are available!


Questions? Write to us at: apply [@] earthcharter dot org