Sustainability in the school's DNA

To help schools integrate sustainable development into the core of education, the Learning for Tomorrow cooperative will present a vision-building tool by the end of August 2021: the Sustainable Education Roadmap. The roadmap helps school leaders, teachers, students, parents, local residents and local entrepreneurs to develop a vision together of what sustainability means to them, and to develop this vision into a concrete strategy with attention to all elements of the Whole School Approach: curriculum, pedagogy and didactics, building and operations, professional development and environment. In line with this, a financial incentive scheme was set up to develop a vision with this in mind.

Sustainable Education Roadmap
In this project, seven members of the Learning for Tomorrow cooperative formed to design a Sustainable Education Roadmap. On Sept. 7, 2021, the project team officially launched the first usable version of the Roadmap. Shortly after, on Sept. 15, a webinar followed in which Patrick van der Hofstad, director of Technotrend Foundation, explained all aspects of the Roadmap. The webinar is here REVIEW.

From the beginning, the Roadmap was built on three concepts: Whole School Approach, the Framework for Strategic Sustainable Development (FSSD, known as The Natural Step) and Participatory Action Research. The steps of the Framework for Strategic Sustainable Development form the basis. Each step involves the Whole School Approach: all parts of school life are covered. The third concept, Participatory Action Research, mainly describes the way in which dialogue is conducted collectively.

The intent of the Road Map is to develop a vision rooted in "the DNA" of the school. Instead, the preparation phase and one of the steps in the Roadmap focus on researching what is already going on in the school, what talents and resources exist, and motivations and visions of teachers and students. Many schools have already been engaged in sustainable projects in recent years, such as Eco-schools and SDGs. Therefore, these and other existing tools are included in the Roadmap.

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