Ministers Foley, Harris and O’Gorman launch ESD to 2030 – the 2nd National Strategy on Education for Sustainable Development
Minister for Education Norma Foley TD, Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science Simon Harris TD and Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth, Roderic O’Gorman TD launched the second National Strategy on Education for Sustainable Development – ESD to 2030 with accompanying Implementation Plan to 2026.
Education for Sustainable Development aims to ensure that by 2030 “all learners acquire knowledge and skills needed to promote sustainable development, including among others through education for sustainable development and sustainable lifestyles, human rights, gender equality, promotion of a culture of peace and non-violence, global citizenship, and appreciation of cultural diversity and of culture’s contribution to sustainable development” (SDG 4.7).
Minister Foley said:
“I am delighted to launch ESD to 2030 today with my Ministerial colleagues. All three Departments with education under their remit are committed to the achievement of the objectives outlined in ESD to 2030.
“ESD covers a wide spectrum of areas and addresses issues in relation to the environment and biodiversity, to human rights, peace and citizenship, to poverty, inclusion and gender equality to name but a few. ESD empowers people with the competencies to change the way they think and work towards a sustainable future. Therefore ESD can and must be a guiding feature of what we can do, and how we do it in education. Read more
ESD to 2030 and Implementation Plan are available here https://www.gov.ie/en/publication/02952d-national-strategy-on-education-for-sustainable-development-in-irelan/