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Thematic seminar: Education for sustainable development

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Environment and fight against climate change (2021-27)
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TCA Description

Themes and goals:

Erasmus+ has chosen environment and fight against climate change as one of the important priorities in the programme. Environment and climate action are key priorities for the EU now and in the future. The aim is that sustainability should become part of the entire spectrum of education and training, including curricula and professional development for educators. The Erasmus+ programme will be a key instrument for building knowledge, skills, and attitudes on climate change and support sustainable development both within the European Union and beyond. This is the starting point for this thematic seminar on Education for sustainable development (ESD)

The thematic seminar will focus on how to integrate themes such as sustainability, climate change and the green transition in pedagogical and teaching activities. The participants will get inspiration and presented to specific methods to bring sustainability in to the classroom and approaches to involve and engage the kids/pupils in the process.

The seminar will include:

-          Erasmus+ project examples from both KA1 and KA2: Presentations on how to work with sustainability and related themes with all ages from kindergarten, pre- and secondary school (3-17 years).

-          Key note speaker from the University of Southern Denmark about a research program on Education for sustainable development (ESD)

-          Opportunity to exchange experiences, create network and discuss possible Erasmus+ project ideas with the other participants.

The preliminary program is available for download on the top of the page. 

Expected results:

The participants will gain new knowledge, inspiration, methods and motivation to implement sustainability in every day teaching activities that engage the pupils.

The participants will establish network and find partners for transnational cooperation possibilities offered by the Erasmus+ programme.

Additional information:

The Erasmus+ National Agency of Denmark covers the 3 nights of hotel accommodation in a single room (May 1 to May 4) and the meals during the seminar.


May 1st: Arrival. Optional informal dinner and network opportunity

May 2nd: Full day program (9 AM – 4 PM) and joint dinner in the evening

May 3rd: Full day program (9 AM – 4 PM) and joint dinner in the evening

May 4th: Half-day program (9 AM – 12.30) and optional lunch afterwards

The seminar will take place in the city Odense. There are good train connections to Odense and we encourage the participants to consider green travel options.

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DK01 - Danish Agency for Science and Higher Education
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Teachers, leaders and pedagogical staff from kindergarten, primary and secondary school (age 3-17).
The seminar is open for participants interested in both KA1 and KA2

Participants are required to have a good level of English.


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AT01 - 2 BE02 - 2 CZ01 - 2 DE03 - 2 DK01 - 7 EE01 - 2 EL01 - 2 FI01 - 2 HU01 - 2 IE01 - 2 IT02 - 2 LT01 - 2 LU01 - 2 NL01 - 2 PL01 - 2 SI01 - 2 SK01 - 2 BE03 - 2 PT01 - 2 SE01 - 2
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Long-term Activity Info

LTA Sustainability and Greening
DE02 - Nationale Agentur Bildung für Europa beim Bundesinstitut für Berufsbildung
Environment and fight against climate change (2021-27)
Belgium Denmark Finland France Germany Iceland Italy Liechtenstein Lithuania Luxembourg Malta Romania Slovakia Spain Sweden
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Rationale and background:

The new programme generation Erasmus+ starts off in a challenging time. Covid-19 is still dominating discussions on education, mobility and European cooperation as well as accelerating the demand for smart digital solutions throughout the European Union and its programmes.

Even though these issues still capture the attention (and time) of most NAs, we are all finding our paths towards the so-called “new normal”. Part of this new normality is to recollect and revive long-term goals as well as introduce new ways to thrive in the upcoming future.

The important discussion on sustainability and greening Erasmus+ is one that survived Covid-19 and even gained in relevance. Already before Covid-19, it was announced that Erasmus+ will entail a new priority on sustainability. Therefore, we as NAs are at the core when it comes to make sustainability a priority within our organisations and to enable beneficiaries to engage into transnational cooperation among each other to improve qualitative implementation of the programme even further.

Nevertheless, the formal tie of sustainability and greening as a priority in the Erasmus+ program is relatively new. In 2020 the horizontal priority “environmental and climate goals” was introduced. However, other already existing frameworks show that we can tackle the climate topic in a holistic approach, namely sustainability.

The European Commission hopes to link the two topics – coronavirus and the climate. It is proposing a €750 billion recovery package entitled “Next Generation EU”, with funds going towards the ecological transformation of the economy – charging points, the renovation of buildings and the hydrogen economy.

The European Commission also presented its industrial strategy in connection with the Green Deal in March 2020. One of its focal areas is decarbonising energy-intensive industry and establishing a hydrogen economy. The aim is to produce the gas with the aid of renewable energy and use it to make sectors such as steel production or heavy vehicle traffic more climate-friendly. It also comprises a right to repairs, the recycling of batteries, replacing disposable packaging with reusable alternatives, and collecting and recycling more textiles and electrical appliances, or ensuring that they last longer.

In March 2020, the European Commission presented a proposal for a new climate regulation as a central element of its Green Deal. This entails the EU achieving net climate neutrality by 2050, meaning that climate gases may still be emitted, but they must be offset elsewhere.

In April 2021, a deal on the European Climate Law has been reached, making legal obligations of the goals stipulated by the European Green Deal to create a climate-neutral Europe by 2050 and reduce net greenhouse gas emissions by at least 55% by 2030.

During its Presidency of the Council, Germany has taken up the discussion on sustainability in education and research. The German federal government’s website provides details of its work. One of the main developments of Germany’s council presidency is the Osnabrück Declaration, which defines vocational education and training as an enabler of recovery and just transitions to digital and green economies.

Sustainability should be a guiding principle for all Erasmus+ projects

Future projects should be designed in an eco-friendly way and should incorporate green practices in all its facets.

Organisations and participants should have an environmental-friendly approach when designing the project, which will encourage everyone involved in the project to discuss and learn about environmental issues, reflecting about what can be done at different levels and help organisations and participants to come up with alternative, greener ways to implement project activities.

The new programme aims to support, across all sectors, awareness-raising about environmental and climate change challenges. Priority will be given to projects aimed at developing competences in various sustainability-relevant fields, developing green sectorial skills strategies and methodologies, as well as future-oriented curricula that better meet the needs of individuals. The programme supports the use of innovative practices to make learners, staff and youth workers true factors of change (e.g. save resources, reduce energy use and waste, compensate carbon footprint emissions, opt for sustainable food and mobility choices, etc.). 

  • Increase of the (potential) impact of Erasmus projects regarding sustainability practices
  • Development of a strategy to reach beneficiaries and encourage them to engage with sustainability
  • Facilitation of exchange and discussion between beneficiaries to help them develop their own approach to green initiatives
  • Communication of the benefits of working on sustainability at both the European and national levels to the Erasmus community
  • Communication of the significance and urgency to act on climate change in all parts of society
  • Creation of a common understanding of guiding principles in sustainability. (emissions, food produce, less resource use, less waste, more local produce, reproducing crops, less plastic, less use of pesticides..) 
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Expected results:

The LTA sustainability aims at encouraging more potential programme participants to engage in mobility or projects to increase their knowledge on principles and models of sustainability, and to facilitate more national engagement in the long-term perspective. The LTA should create a space for shared insights and experience sharing on green initiatives. The participants of the activities in the framework of the LTA sustainability should also include experienced beneficiaries to share approaches and talk about their motivation to work on green initiatives. The LTA will focus on capacity building and green initiatives, especially in Education for Sustainable Development.

Single Activities Connected to this Long-term Activity

Going green in Erasmus+: Project development and mobilities in the field of ecologic sustainability in adult education
Green Erasmus: pathways to sustainable projects and institutions
Sustainability in Erasmus+: Towards the green transition
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Education for greener future – the role of school in sparking climate awareness and enthusiasm
“Erasmus + green mobility + green schools” A European Conference on Climate protection and Sustainability in School Education
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Teaching sustainability competences for hope, well-being and systemic understanding
Study Visit on Sustainability in Schools
Green practices in Erasmus+ projects
"Green Accreditation": Greening your Erasmus plan