Although Sustainable development (SD) it an important issue with an international aspect, it seems to be under-represented in the educational curriculum provided for primary school students and professional training of future teachers. Therefore, in collaboration with 4 European universities from Belgium, Slovakia, Croatia and the Netherlands, UTH Radom have developed an Intensive Programme ”Education for Sustainable Development”.

  • Sustainable development from educational perspective.
  • Education for social sustainability.
  • Education for economic sustainability.
  • Education for environmental sustainability.
During two weeks of an intensive course, a group of undergraduate students, graduate and doctorate students from each partner university will gain knowledge about implementation of the concept of SD into education and develop their own ideas about the best possible implementation of social cohesion, environmental responsibility and economic efficiency in the educational environment. Students will exchange information about ways of implementing the principles of SD in schools operating in different EU countries and will try to find the best ways to shape the awareness of their future students in this area. They will be taught how to equip their future students with information about SD, and how to develop their pro-ecological attitudes.

Future teachers will be given lectures provided by international teaching staff on the implementation of the concept of SD through educational, as well as ways of strengthening social, economic and environmental well-being in educational settings.

During a number of workshops students enrich their knowledge about the development of social projects based on research and innovative strategies of supporting social integration of students at risk of social exclusion. Students will also learn about projects developed in school systems in different EU countries. Participants will develop a questionnaire to study the social, economic and environmental sustainability in an educational environment. During the visits and interviews with teachers at schools in the Radom area, they will have the opportunity to verify their questionnaire, and to study how Polish schools introduce the topic of SD into their educational environment and curriculum. Students will also gain skills in developing environmental curriculum and planning lessons on environmental education.

In addition, students will have the opportunity to learn about some proposals of enhancing environmental awareness and strengthening social capital during field trip to a waste management/recycling factory, a workshop on volunteer work and a workshop on EU programs and educational projects.
Students will learn also about forms of assessment such as portfolio and peer assessment. Furthermore, they will have the opportunity to exchange experiences in an international team of lecturers and students. Acquired knowledge, skills and experience will enable them to improve their skills in teaching, education, communication and cooperation, there-by ensuring that they will become more attractive employees at the international labour market.

© Chair of Pedagogy and Psychology, UTH Radom, Poland