On 20 June 2017, the National Platform on ESD, Germany´s supreme steering body for the implementation of the Global Action Programme on ESD (GAP), has adopted the National Action Plan for GAP implementation. It defines 130 objectives and 349 measures to scale up ESD in all areas and at all levels of the German education system.
Based on a two-year participatory multi-stakeholder process, collecting input from expert forums, partner networks and an online consultation for the general public, the action plan targets education plans and curricula as well as pre- and in-service training and education of educators and trainers in formal, non-formal and informal education. Furthermore, the plan focusses on strengthening ESD networks and good practice as well as whole-institution approaches to ESD.
The National Platform on ESD brings together 37 high-level representatives of politics, science, industry and society. It is chaired by Cornelia Quennet-Thielen, State Secretary in the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). Besides the BMBF, the federal ministries for environmental affairs (BMUB), family affairs (BMFSFJ) and economic cooperation and development (BMZ) are taking part in the Platform, as are representatives of the 16 federal states, responsible for formal education and schooling.
All members of the National Platform serve as advocates of ESD – also within their own organizations and institutions. They have been called upon to propose commitments in order to support the implementation of the National Action Plan. Furthermore, Germany´s big annual ESD conference, the “Agenda Congress”, bringing together 500 stakeholders on 27/28 November 2017 in Berlin will focus on accelerating the implementation of the National Action Plan.
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