Education for sustainable development

The National Strategy on Education for Sustainable Development 2014 -2020 highlights the need to integrate Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) in the curriculum from pre-school up to senior cycle. The National Strategy aims to ensure that education contributes to sustainable development by equipping learners with the relevant knowledge (the ‘what’), the key dispositions and skills (the ‘how’) and the values (the ‘why’) that will motivate and empower them throughout their lives to become informed active citizens who take action for a more sustainable future.

This Politics and Society specification supports education for sustainable development through the key skills of senior cycle that are integrated throughout the four strands. The knowledge and skills developed through all four strands: Power and decision-making; Active citizenship; Human rights and responsibilities and Globalisation and localisation are all integral to education for sustainable development. In addition, topic 8, Sustainable development provides excellent opportunities for students to engage with this important area of learning.