Education for sustainability in an interdependent world


Henri Janne meeting room 15th floor, Sociology Institute, ULB Solbosch Campus, Ave Jeanne 44, 1050 Brussels.

Brussels, 11 March 2013

Education is always about the future. “Global education” is a relatively new concept still in mutation, which examines what should be contents and modes of teaching to prepare young people in different parts of the planet for living peacefully and in synch with themselves, with each other and with nature.

A key challenge is how to develop contents and processes that enable young people to build up the competence and skills to live well and perform in their local environments, while being aware and capable of putting the local requirements and opportunities into broader, global perspectives.

Competences in the sciences and technical subjects should certainly receive much attention. Likewise, social skills, respect for difference (in culture, language, gender, religion and other dimensions of multiple identities) and the ability to cooperate with global peers should be considered essential part of the education process. Last, but not least, being curious about and respectful of nature, land and ocean ecosystems and reconnecting to nature in multiple ways needs to be part and parcel of a future-oriented approach to accompanying young people on the journey into their adult lives.

Rebuilding relationships with nature that produces the objects that surround our daily lives may also help to stem the waste and encourage longer-lived use of construction, furniture, dress and reduce food wastage.

The workshop intends to cast light on at least some major aspects of education for sustainable futures bringing together academic research, practitioners interspersed with perspectives from traditional culture in the form of a video-interview with a leader of the Senegalese women in artisanal fisheries, Awa Seye.

Workshop participation, including the video-projection during lunch break, is open. Awa Seye will be present for exchange of experience.

The workshop will be convened in English and French without simultaneous interpretation, however, consecutive translation can be provided if required. Panelists and participants are free to use either language to express themselves.

Programme of the workshop

Henri Janne meeting room 15th floor, Sociology Institute, ULB Solbosch Campus, Ave Jeanne 44, 1050 Brussels.

Brussels, 11 March 2013

10h00-10h15 Welcome coffee
10h15-10h30 Opening and setting the sceneProf. Paul Jacobs, SEDIF, ULBDr Cornelia E Nauen, Mundus marisShort self-presentation of participants
10h30-12h30 Panel with impulse speakers “Learning for sustainability in a changing world“ – moderator Prof. Stella Williams, Obafemi Awolowo Univers ity, Ile Ife, Nigeria and Mundus maris, USA
The emerging concept of global educationTobias Troll, Project Manager, DEEEP

Rethinking sustainability from the perspective of an ethics of solidarity and diversityDr. Maria del Carmen Patricia Morales, University of Leuven

Education for sustainable development & European Schools  – Kari Kivinen, Deputy Secretary General of the European Schools, Brussels

Expériences sur l’agencement de la culture traditionelle avec une ouverture envers les sciences et des perspectives internationales, en vue de créer des ponts entre certains réalités socio-économiques et les ambitions de vies durables – Dr Aliou Sall, Socio-Anthropologue, CREDETIP et Mundus maris, Sénégal

12h30-14h00 Sandwich lunchProjection of a video-interview with a leader of the women fish processors in Senegal, Awa Seye, touching on the importance of access for women to education and training to enable them to exercise their civic rights and responsibilities with exchange of experience
14h00-15h50 Pro-Action Café discussions with calling questions in three discussion rounds

  • What is education for sustainability in an interdependent world about?
  • What is missing?
  • What needs to happen next to make it happen?

Harvesting time together

15h50-16h00 Check-out and Closure