Education for Sustainable Development and Global Citizenship
ESDGC (Education for Sustainable Development and Global Citizenship) is one of the Welsh Government’s (WG) priorities and is reflected throughout all its policy documents. It is a priority within education and is inspected by Estyn across all sectors, formal and informal, and for all age groups.
We place education at the heart of sustainability and are delighted to present our inaugural ESDGC conference, which will coincide with the launch of the Welsh legislation for a Single Environment Body - A living Wales – new framework for our environment, our countryside and our seas, which came into operation in April 2013 and the Welsh Government’s Sustainable Development Bill, due to be introduced this autumn.
We are leading the way by responding to the pending Bill by developing and providing units and qualifications which embed ESDGC across all curriculum areas.
Wales has set challenging targets to to establish itself as a leading country in sustainable economic, environmental and social terms.
ESDGC is not just a topic for discussion and teaching, but also an ethos and attitude that the WG wish to underpin all areas of life in Wales.
ESDGC has been defined as being:
- “about the links between society, economy and environment and between our own lives and those of people throughout the world’;’the needs and rights of both present and future generations’;
- ’the relations between power, resources and human rights’ and ‘local and global implications of everything we do’ (ESDGC: Why? What?How? ACCAC 2002)
“Wales and the wider world” is a focus for WG and its education policies so that all its citizens are equipped to successfully live in the increasing globalised market and agenda of the 21st century.
ESDGC skills, values and attitudes that WG promotes through its policies are designed to equip all Wales’ citizens to survive and shape the sustainable and equitable future that is WAGs vision.
The Seven ESDG themes are:
- Identity and Culture
- Wealth and Poverty
- Consumption and Waste
- Choices and Decisions
- Climate Change
- Health and Well Being
- The Natural Environment
Agored Cymru has a bank of units that can help providers to promote ESDGC. The links alongside the themes will take you to appropriate units.
Agored Cymru also has a bank of generic units for the teaching of ESDGC awareness. Please click here to view these unit
Don’t forget that we can help you to write new units to support the ESDGC curriculum. (link to the unit guidance document)
For further information please contact Alison Creed on firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 07817 296680
One Wales: One Planet is the Welsh Assembly discussion paper on the Sustainable Development Bill which
- Embraces the long-term
- Demands integration
- Reduces complexity
- Encourages joined- up thinking
- Encourages active participation