Why and to what do we learn?

The heart of the WSA is about vision and the question of what we want to achieve with our education. The vision is about the responsibility as a school towards the young people and their development as human beings, citizens and professionals. On the other hand, it is about the responsibility that we as a school want to take for each other and for the earth and to find a connection with the social context of our time.

By working with a broad group of colleagues, young people and other stakeholders such as parents or businesses to give substance to the school's vision of the future, a commonly shared 'dot on the horizon' emerges; an ambition that is realized together. Such a vision inspires and provides a basis for interpreting education for sustainable development.

It is important to pause at regular intervals and hold this vision up to the light. Sustainability issues are complex and in our rapidly changing world new knowledge and insights are constantly emerging. A learning school is able to keep a vision alive and adjust it if necessary.

Questions to discuss with each other

  • What do we all think is important when we talk about a sustainable society?
  • What contribution do we want our education to make to the transition towards a sustainable society?
  • What specific goals do we set to achieve our vision? And in what time frame?
  • How do we involve our students and other stakeholders in creating our vision?
  • How do we ensure a living vision, where we, together with young people and other stakeholders regularly reflect on ambition and goals?


  • Sustainable Development Goals
  • Everyone thinks and participates to create the vision
  • The vision motivates, inspires and connects
  • Impact on young people and their development
  • Impact on a sustainable society and planet

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