Education for sustainable development

For whom?

The main target group consists of teachers in every form of education in the five Nordic countries (Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden) as well as in the autonomous areas Aland, the Faroe Islands and Greenland. It is a challenge to impart complicated information on sustainability and therefore many teachers may need more goal-oriented teaching plans and better learning material.

A cooperation network has be formed, consisting of educational authorities, universities that educate teacher students, other experts in the field, institutions which offer continuous education for teachers, teachers' unions, students' unions, other groups of interested young people, the Nordic Network for Adult Learning (NVL) and other interested people


The goal is that sustainable development becomes an integral part of all education offered to children and adults alike. The Nordic Council of Ministers finances the project which is to support the vision of the Nordic countries becoming the most sustainable and integrated region in the world by 2030. The project forms a part of the Nordic programme Sustainable Living (web-page in Danish)


MellenesWhat is education for sustainable development?

All pupils and students shall acquire the knowledge and skills necessary for the enhancement of sustainable development, e.g. through education for sustainable lifestyles, human rights, equal opportunities, a culture of peace and global citizenship as well as the appreciation of cultural diversity and cultures' contribution to sustainable development.

Education for sustainable development demands a holistic approach, where all speres of the society play a part and students understand the balance of the ecosystem, biodiversity, utilisation of resources, climate and welfare. Education for sustainable development demands cooperation with other bodies within and outside the education system.

What is the objective?

The objective is to develop a cooperation network which is to coordinate education at all levels (from pre-school to adult education).

The goal is that the project gives some answers to the following questions:

  • Is it possible to weave a read thread from pre-primary pedagogy to adult education, where students gradually learn more about sustainability?
  • Which learning outcomes and concrete knowledge is necessary for the teaching of teachers and other educational personnel on sustainable development and sustainable ways of life?
  • What kind of pedagogy is necessary to deal with the complex questions on sustainability and what kind of pedagogical solutions work best?
  • What role can schools and universities play for the necessary change of paradigms to reach a real sustainable lifestyle in the Nordic countries?
  • How is it possible to reinforce children's and young people's voices on sustainable development?
  • What are the possibilities for cooperation with the local community and the labour market?


2022: Norwegian presidency policy conference "Fremtidens lærerrolle i Norden"
2023: Educational Policy SUMMIT IN ICELAND 3 May                                                                        2023: Nordic Youth Summit in Iceland 1-3 November                                                                      2024: Co-organize the final conference in Sweden (TBC)

RokasThe role of Rannís

Rannís leads the project on behalf of the Nordic Council of Ministers.


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