UNESCO SST Policy briefs

One of the outcomes of the UNESCO Sustainability Starts with Teachers programme is increased national capacity for monitoring and evaluation of Sustainable Development Goal 4, Target 4.7. It is important to start with what is already in place, in the form of national policies and curriculum plans, and to build on this.

To this end, a set of policy briefs, one for each participating country, is currently being developed. The policy briefs focus on key issues emerging from policy dialogue in national consultation workshops of the Sustainability Starts with Teachers programme. Participants from teacher and TVET education institutions as well as government officials attend these workshops. The workshops build on progress made in Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) in teacher education in the various countries over a fifteen year period since the start of the United Nations Decade of Education for Sustainable Development in 2005.

  • Sustainability Challenges
  • Sustainable Development
  • Integrating Education for Sustainable Development in Teacher and TVET Education
  • Education for Sustainable Development Challenges in Teacher Education
  • The Contribution of the ‘Sustainability Starts with Teachers’ Programme in the particular country.

The last section gives examples of the institutions participating in the programme and of how participating teacher educators have conceptualised various Change Projects to respond to specific sustainable development challenges.
The policy briefs can be used by governments and institutions to describe current sustainability efforts, or by participants to motivate for support for individual change projects.

Policy briefs for Zimbabwe, Zambia, Lesotho, Botswana and Namibia can be downloaded below by clicking on the links below. Further briefs will be added as the project progresses.