Education for Sustainable Development
 
  Education for Sustainable Development    
       
 

Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) is a relatively new, evolving concept. At its core, ESD promotes the idea of sustainable development by integrating environmental, social and economic imperatives into education for a better quality life in the present as well as the future.

Despite much progress, the world is faced with great challenges, including rapid population growth, poverty, urbanisation, natural resource depletion, unplanned development, violence and terrorism. This scenario, coupled with natural calamities such as earthquakes and tsunamis, is wreaking ecological havoc. The gravity of the situation becomes all the more alarming when we realize that our economic well-being is directly dependent on environmental goods and services.

  What is required to salvage the situation is a paradigmatic shift in our thinking, values and actions. Given that education is the most effective vehicle for attitudinal change, it can be invaluable when pressed into service for promoting values for sustainable living. However, as the conventional system of education did not address sustainable development issues adequately enough, a need was felt to introduce a broader, more inclusive concept of education that eventually paved the way for ESD.

Unlike conventional education that is time-bound, ESD is a life-long learning process which embraces all three pillars of sustainable development: society, environment and economy and seeks to integrate them at all levels of education. Through this holistic, integrated approach...
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