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Rethinking education in the context of climate change : Leverage points for transformative change

Thalia Tsaknia, The paper explores ways to rethink educational approaches in the context of climate change, focussing primarily on school education. It looks specifically at strategies to restructure foundational science education and cross-curricular learning, zooms in on the potential of place-based approaches in empowering learners for action, and concludes by identifying policy levers to increase education system resilience.

Scientific insights

Written by Cathérine Conradty, Empowering Sustainable Citizens: The Pivotal Role of Educators In our journey towards a sustainable society, educators play a crucial role in shaping the future. They are not just teachers but architects of a world where sustainability is the cornerstone of every action. As we face unprecedented environmental challenges, the need for a sustainable society has never been more urgent. This transformation requires a paradigm shift in our attitudes and competencies, a change that begins in the classroom. Educators are uniquely positioned to instil the values of sustainability in young minds. They can cultivate an understanding of…

SYNAPSES Summer school

Written by Sofoklis Sotirou, A Week-Long Exploration of Teaching for Sustainability Citizenship SYNAPSES Summer Course is part of the International Erasmus+ School Heads and Teacher Training Academy on Teaching for Sustainability Citizenship. Sustainability Citizenship skills include the ability to recognize the environmental, social and economic dimensions of climate change, the ability to connect local actions and initiatives to global processes, and the capacity to move from analysis to systematic action on climate change. The main goal of the course is to expand teachers’ pre- and in-service training opportunities focusing on environmental education and climate change related activities, inquiry-based and challenge-based…

Consortium meeting Parsberg – Castle on the Bavarian Hill

Written by Jan Cincera,  On November 16-17, the consortium convened in Parsberg, a quaint Bavarian town. The primary objective was to provide concise introductions to each work package and solicit feedback. The initial segment elucidated the theoretical framework, followed by project leaders articulating their visions for collaborative efforts. Subsequently, we presented an overview of shared qualitative features in training courses, emphasizing the necessity to integrate local nuances for contextual relevance. The inaugural SYNAPSES Academy, scheduled for July 2024, was unveiled, prompting discussions on effective strategies to engage teachers. Following a brief catering break, we delved into the project's dissemination strategy…