How can we build the capacity of youths to be able to handle the challenges of sustainable development? Take part of experiences of Swedish schools in Whole school approach in education for sustainable development. Read also about new initiatives to support the development of sustainable cities.
WWF Sweden sees the education sector as an important partner for public understanding and action for sustainable development. In consumer related topics and other selected areas WWF Sweden find it useful and appreciated to collaborate with teachers. From websites, printed materials and networking teachers get methods and material for teaching and learning. With help of several teacher guides in different topics teachers find useful methods collected in booklets under the name On sustainable way. WWF Sweden focuses mainly on secondary, level but for some projects kindergartens and primary level educators are included in the target group.
Over a period of three years, ten schools participated in the WWF project Schools on Sustainable Way. The aim of the project was to gain experience and find models for how schools might integrate sustainable development in their activities and development. The project prioritised working with social concerns both close at hand and in faraway places when students as creative citizens are to face developmental issues.
Education for Change was as a project carried out by eight organisations and five universities round the Baltic Sea.
Education for Change is both a handbook but also a method for in-service training of teachers made by educators for educators. The overall aim is to encourage, support and contribute to an on-going dialogue about how skills, commitment and action competence can be developed among children and youth. Education for Change material is available in English, Russian, Finish, Estonian, Latvian, Lithuanian, Polish and Swedish.
The footprint calculator is a tool for activities about ecological footprint. There are two calculators; one for calculation of the footprint for the whole school and one for individual students.
The footprint calculator
The teacher guide Sustainable Cities is part of WWF's work in Sustainable Cities, Learning and Involvement:
This teaching material is primarily intended for teachers at secondary school level, but can also be used in other situations where cross-disciplinarily and learning for sustainable development are in focus.
The parts are building on each other but can also be used separately. This allows you as a teacher to choose whether you want to work with the materials in a few individual lessons or as a larger project that may span several weeks.
Our City 2030 is part of WW’s efforts to endorse sustainable cities, support learning and
participation and reduce the ecological footprint we are leaving on our planet. The project
focuses on climate and energy work in the local municipality.
In the project the students take a virtual leap to 2030, when climate goals have been
achieved, or are well on the way to being achieved. The Earth’s temperature increase
is expected to stay below the two-degree target and the ecological footprint is steadily
By acting for sustainable development, students shift from receiver of knowledge to sender. In mini projects students are asked to decrease the ecological footprint in reality. Creativity, knowledge and entrepreneurship are developed when young citizens carry out actions.
The groups present their work at the Future Day were hundreds of teenagers meet and also get involved in debates and meet experts and politicians. The Make footprints for the future NOW project is mostly used for 14-16 year pupil. The project description is unfortunately only in Swedish.
The link between innovations and entrepreneurship, and the need for solutions to problems that are encountered in a troubled nature must be both clear and concrete.
The report, Entrepreneurship and Sustainable Development in Schools and Colleges, will show opportunities in education that help youth to develop the knowledge and ability to see the major global challenges, and through initiative and creative actions contribute to sustainable development.
Every last Saturday in March, we perform along with many other countries, a global climate change event. It's about focusing on the climate for an hour. In schools we want more! Our suggestion is to work with climate issues during Earth Hour, or a whole wwek - an Earth Week or why not an Earth Month.
Connected to this campaign we have a teaching material in three levels: one for pre-schools, the second for primary schools and the third one for secondary schools.
The Swedish web site for earth Hour Education you find here.
If you want to have our materials translated in a non-layouted versions, please send an e-mail here.
The handbook P-stop, Teaching and learning for sustainable development - about laundry, lavatory and underwater ecosystems is available in English, Polish, Latvian and Russian. P-STOP stands for Stop Phosphorus is about education with holistic approach. What happens on land effect water! P-STOP project makes the links between households and nature visible.