Education forSustainableDevelopment

To actively shape the future, an exploration of this future is essential – in other words, explore, interact, try, test and implement. Pairing up an experience-based learning with the necessary knowledge transfer asks for a fundamental change of current learning and teaching methods. The achievement of various competences is essential in order to allow one's personality to naturally unfold and develop organisational, implementation related and factual subject-specific skills.

The development of individual skills, forward thinking and interdisciplinary knowledge combined with autonomous action and participation in social decision-making processes are the goals of "Education for Sustainable Development". The Wuppertal Institute has developed its own didactic concept for this purpose. The research results flow directly into didactic application areas and tested by the target groups – users and learners alike. This is how target group-specific concepts are created.


BilRess conference with Maria Krautzberger
A sustainable transformation of the education sector needs the interaction of various agents. Conference of the Network "Education for Resource Preservation and Resource Efficciency – BilRess" with Maria Krautzberger, former president of the Federal Environment Agency (centre). Photo:

Every field of education is addressed: from the level of preschool to school, aprenticeship, advanced training, to universities and extracurricular education inclusive andragogy/professional education. This also includes extracurricular forms of experience-based learning through experiments. The exchange of these areas with agents of the economy and science, for example in learning partnerships between corporations and schools, is also encouraged.

Research is often conducted in exchange with education projects in all of Europe. Numerous of media and educational material has been developed in this way: a toolbox for Sustainable Economisation in Corporations, didactic modules for andragogy, movies, playful learning approaches for children, planning games and material collections. Furthermore, the Wuppertal Institute participates in roadmap processes on how to integrate topics of sustainability into our education system. For this, it is a part of many networks and also initiates new networks.


Here you find research activities in the field of education for sustainable development.

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