With time ticking away before the world’s leaders meet in Paris in December to strike a new climate deal, sustainable development education is one step closer to becoming a reality in curriculum around the world.
Education, and its importance in communicating sustainable development, has been included in the preliminary language to be on the table before heads of state and government.
Participating at COP21 as part of the civil society group, Education International (EI) is set to make a bold statement about how a comprehensive agreement is needed for the world’s future. The general secretary of EI, Fred van Leeuwen, is set to head a panel discussion with other education unions and environment organisations on November 3, the day before negotiations begin. The panel is going to focus on how education is crucial in making sustainable development a reality.
“We want to see that education is included as an integral part of a climate deal,” said EI General Secretary Fred van Leeuwen. “In order for this to happen, financial commitments must be added to any agreement to ensure that schools and teachers have the resources to include climate change in curriculum, which is particularly necessary in developing countries where these issues are not only having a direct impact on society but are being grossly neglected.”