Teaching sustainability competences for hope, well-being and systemic understanding
How can we empower pupils with the needed competences to build a
sustainable world? And how can we show a positive way forward with practical,
hands-on and real-world learning for sustainability?
This seminar focuses on sustainability education, with emphasis on practical ways of promoting knowledge, skills and attitudes needed for sustainability competences. It explores ways of adapting the European Sustainability Competence Framework (GreenComp) for lower primary education with emphasis on concrete examples. The seminar will showcase methods used in day-to-day school life taking into consideration the four competence areas of GreenComp: values and engagement, complexity, futures envisioning, and acting for sustainability. Planetary boundaries, human-nature connection, active participation and outdoor-learning are emphasized.
The seminar will include presentations, panel discussions, workshops, school visits and informal encounters. The seminar includes also one session dedicated for networking and facilitated planning of future cooperation in the context of the Erasmus+ programme. Environment and fight against climate change is one of the key priorities of the Erasmus+ programme and keeping this in mind, the seminar aims to support formation of new networks and projects on this priority.
This seminar is co-produced by the Finnish Erasmus+ National Agency and the the Finnish Institute for Educational Research at the University of Jyväskylä. The part of the programme related to Erasmus+ is prepared in cooperation with the Swedish Erasmus+ National Agency.
The participants will gain new knowledge, ideas, methods, skills, and motivation to develop sustainability education and diversify related learning/teaching methods.
The participants will establish networks and possibly find partners for transnational cooperation possibilities offered by the Erasmus+ programme.
(NB! Although the seminar includes one session dedicated for networking and building future cooperation, if the participant is interested in making these connections, the participant is advised to pay attention to utilizing the networking potential of the Howspace platform before the seminar and the breaks (coffee, lunch, dinner) during the seminar in order to gain results in formating new networks or partnerships.)
All selected participants are expected to participate the seminar programme in full from the beginning to the end.
The hosting organisation (Finnish Erasmus+ National Agency) will provide the participants with a bus transportation from Jyväskylä to the Helsinki-Vantaa Airport after the seminar-end on Wednesday, 4.10.2023. The arrival time of the bus at the Helsinki-Vantaa Airport is at 16.00. Please notice that a 2-hour transfer time at the airport is advised.
Partners and participants
The seminar is open to applications by school heads and class teachers of lower primary education (teaching pupils of 6-12 years old).
We expect 60 participants as follows:
- 15 participants from Finland
- 8 participants from Sweden
- 37 participants from other EU countries
Pending booked places
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Long-term Activity Info
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..)
- See connected activities
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.