Sustainable Teacher

Every year Learning for Tomorrow organizes the Sustainable Teacher Election. We then put the sustainable doers in the spotlight! With their stories, in which they share best practices and their own experiences, they inspire other teachers and school leaders.

Sustainable Teacher Election 2024

In 2024 we are again looking for the most sustainable teachers in the Netherlands! All levels of education are participating: primary, secondary and higher education. From now on you can register your Sustainable Teacher. On March 14, in Pakhuis de Zwijger, we will put these teachers in the spotlight and announce the winners.

Are or do you know a Sustainable Teacher? Then sign up this teacher now!

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Purpose of the project.

A sustainable society requires sustainable education. To prepare young generations for complex challenges, they need sustainable tools from teachers. Many teachers work at school every day to impart the knowledge and skills needed to make the Netherlands more sustainable. Who are these sustainable doers in education?

Approach Sustainable Teacher Election

You are a sustainable teacher in many different ways. Perhaps you have taken the initiative to green the schoolyard? Do you work only with circular materials? Or do you ensure more inclusiveness in your school? As a sustainable teacher you prepare the young generation for a sustainable society. In this we not only look at issues such as environment and climate but also highlight the social side of sustainability such as inclusion and equality.

The jury chooses a winner each year from po, vo, mbo and ho. Involves students, fulfills inspirational role, collaborates and has an integral view of sustainability. An example of the jury criteria a Sustainable Teacher meets. View here the full criteria.

This project is a collaboration with NADO, Teachers for Climate, Sustainable PABO, Masters with Dreams, Youth for Climate and Students for Tomorrow.

The 2022 winners

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On November 23, the winners of the Sustainable Teacher Election 2022 were announced in Pakhuis de Zwijger. One teacher from primary, secondary and higher education was chosen from all applications.

Robert Kwist

In primary education, Robert Kwist, from the Oranjeschool in Rotterdam, emerged as the winner. Jury member Nick van Breda: "I think it's cool that you arrange everything for the students who came up with it. They can draw their own plan and you give them the drawing board to shape their ideas on. Then you arrange it 'outside' with external parties."

Jocelyn Janssen

Jocelyn Janssen, from Campus 013 in Tilburg, won in secondary education. "It is extraordinary how you managed to integrate sustainability throughout the school, very hands-on, in different subjects. Hopefully more secondary schools will follow your example and think: it can be done!", says Wieneke Maris, former winner and jury member.

Yvette Barewijk

In mbo, Yvette Barewijk, of ROC College Hilversum, made the most impact. Her teaching approach immediately made her the winner for jury member Colien Langerwerf: "Because the students know at the end of the course what their footprint is, they can very concretely adjust their buying, traveling or eating behavior. And that's fantastic, because young people 'consume' a lot of fashion, so that's where you can achieve a lot."

Rosa Green

Rosa Groen, of The Hague High School, won the title in higher education. She excelled in tackling topics that people do not immediately think of when they hear the word sustainable, such as justice and child abuse. Jury member Margareth de Wit thinks this is very important in today's society: "We really need young people in these troubled times who are very serious and evidence-based about this theme and want to transfer it to students. In this you can mean a lot as an example and inspiration."

Want to watch the ceremony again? Watch it here!

Learn More

Check the site of the Sustainable Teacher Election or contact project coordinator Sofie Kreté.

Youth for Climate
Youth For Climate NL
Teachers for Climate
Nederlandse Academie voor Duurzaam Onderwijs (NADO)
Studenten voor Morgen



Inspiration and news from the Sustainable Teacher Election can be found here!


Listen to all of our podcast episodes here. In the first series, we talk to the winners of the 2021 Sustainable Teacher Election. We learn from their experiences and find out what challenges remain.


Knowledge from the Sustainable Teacher Election can be found here!

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