efforts have paid off: The European School of Sustainability has been
recognised by the Global Education Network Europe (GENE) as one of the 20 most
outstanding projects for inclusion in 2018!
year, GENE awards initiatives for
their ability to challenge peoples’ views of the realities of the world and to
inspire real positive change, locally and globally, through the use of
creative, participative, synergistic, and innovative methods. Our work at the
European School of Sustainability has been recognised as it “created a stronger
analysis of development issues, especially related to environmental justice and
empowered a range of target groups to engage in public mobilisation on a local,
national, and international level”.
made our project so special?
the heart of the European School of Sustainability lies its own philosophy of
education, drawn from our Latin American fellows’ equivalent Escuela de la
Sustentabilidad. Like in Latin America, all the activities that took place
in our School of Sustainability were based on a pioneering methodology. Popular
Education, coined by the Brazilian educator Paulo Freire in the 1960-70s,
encourages its participants to challenge power relations in our society and to
create alternatives through cooperative activities. In contrast to the
traditional model of education, learning is here a highly democratic process,
in which educators and learners are equal participants, and are all producers
of knowledge through a continuous dialogue.
information about this key approach in the European School of Sustainability
activities can be found in our introduction to Popular Education. For more
tools, case studies, curriculum modules and other resources used in the
European School of Sustainability, please visit the Tools for
System Change website.
local to global
three years, the European School of Sustainability organised and promoted all
kinds of events across Europe. This project has brought together initiatives
aiming not only to develop a critical understanding about social and
environmental global and local issues, but also to educate people to be able to
organise by themselves and pass their knowledge on to others. Workshops
promoting composting among a group of families in Spain, training how to work
with refugees in Croatia, cooking classes linked to global and local food
issues in Hungary, an online mapping and website for finding plastic free shops
in Malta, a huge base camp gathering almost 500 activists at the UK... The
European School of Sustainability empowered us to build a better world!
in March 2018, the European School of Sustainability was one of the biggest
projects we have ever coordinated. 23 European partners -including national
groups, Young Friends of the Earth and Friends of the Earth International-
joined forces to push forward this initiative that promoted public
understanding and engagement with climate and energy justice, sustainable
agriculture, economic justice, and biodiversity in 21 countries across Europe.
The project involved more than 40 training sessions and webinars as well as
1,462 local and national level activities that reached almost 40,000 people. At
least 10,5 million people were reached through broad outreach activities, and
more than 30 calls for solidarity action were supported.
you're curious to hear more stories from the project, listen to our podcast here.
a lot to GENE and to all of you who participated in the European School of
Sustainability and keep it going!
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