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Education for Sustainable Development

Education for sustainable development (ESD) is a dynamic concept that utilizes all aspects of public awareness, education and training to create or enhance an understanding of the linkages among the issues of sustainable development. It addresses learning skills, perspectives, and values that guide and motivate people to seek sustainable livelihoods, participate in a democratic society, and live in a sustainable manner. ESD also involves studying local and, when appropriate, global issues. It gives opportunity for every person to benefit from educational opportunities and to learn the lifestyles, behaviors and values necessary to create a sustainable future.

It is a vision of education that seeks to balance human and economic wellbeing with the earth’s natural resources. This vision of education helps students to better understand the world in which they live, addressing the complexity and interconnectedness of problems such as poverty, wasteful consumption, environmental degradation, urban decay, population growth, gender inequality, health, conflict and the violation of human rights that threaten our future and also seeks to empower people to assume responsibility for creating a sustainable future.

It is widely agreed that education is the most effective means that society possesses for confronting the challenges of the present and future and education does not begin and end with attending school but how well the child progresses in school is just as important. Education is the cornerstone to development and the bedrock for sustainability. Advancing the cause of education is one of the highest and most noble areas for Youth Initiative for Sustainable Human Development in Africa (YiSHDA).