New teacher training scheme hopes to bring the Sustainable Development Goals into Ireland’s classrooms

Published by Laurie Manetta on

November 10th, 2016

Environmental group Eco-Unesco are rolling out a scheme which will give teachers the skills to inspire young people on the path to sustainable development

Eco-Unesco’s Learning2Change Our World programme promotes a whole school approach to Education for Sustainable Development in post primary schools.

The organisation is running 4 free teacher training events aimed at secondary level teachers at the end of November.

The training will explore links between Education for Sustainable Development and the curriculum, with a focus on both subject specific and cross-curricular links highlighting the importance of sustainable developmen in the curriculum at both junior and senior cycle. It provides great networking opportunities for teachers and give the confidence to deliver ESD, and provide ongoing support through the online learning platform ‘Edmodo’. This will also provide the opportunity to reflect on what opportunities exist for expanding and developing resources to include in lesson plans.

The teacher training is part of the broader Learning2Change Our World programme. It works with students, teachers and school staff in participating schools across the country. Participants explore issues regarding sustainability and development and how these areas affect our local and global communities. They will then be empowered to become agents of change within their school and local communities.

The programme contributes to the implementation of the new National Strategy on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD). This strategy aims to ensure that education contributes to sustainable development by equipping students with the relevant knowledge (the ‘what’), the key dispositions and skills (the ‘how’) and the values (the ‘why’) that will motivate and empower them throughout their lives to become informed active citizens who take action for a more sustainable future (Department of Education and Skills (2014); the National Strategy on Education for Sustainable Development in Ireland, 2014- 2020 Dublin).


The dates and times of the teacher training are as follows:

GALWAY: 23rd November 9.30 – 12.30

DUBLIN: 24th November 9.30 -12.30

LIMERICK: 1st December 9.30 – 12.30

MONAGHAN: 6th December 9.30 -12.30

Places are limited, please get in touch to avoid disappointment. Substitution cover and travel expenses are reimbursed.

Contact to book your place.


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Laurie Manetta

Laurie is a contributor to the Green News. She is currently undertaking a Master's Degree in Environmental Policy at Sciences PO Grenoble in France.