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1 Seminar in Brussels Chalmers and Göteborg University Collaboration and a common vision for sustainable development > students 450 professors 5400 employed > students 265 professors 2350 employed

2 Seminar in Brussels an infrastructure a netvork of more than 350 researchers in sustainable development at Göteborg university and Chalmers University of Technology an organisation for collaboration between Chalmers and GU A meeting place and a plattform for projects and activities All within environment and sustainable development GMV (Göteborgs MiljöVetenskapliga centrum or The Centre for Environment and Sustainability) is :

3 Seminar in Brussels Knowledge and learning for a sustainable society, Göteborg, Sweden, June, 2001 Vice chancellors/Presidents: – Göteborg University and Chalmers University of Technology, via our joint Centre for Environment and Sustainability (GMV), offer to become a scientific centre and hub in a network of highly competitive and knowledgeable European universities, where we will engage those committed to work within the area of Sustainable Development. – The hub could act as an independent scientific body to which a proposed measure within the EU is referred for consideration, investigations, evaluations and research. – It could also arrange conferences within themes related to conclusions from European Summits.

4 Seminar in Brussels Results and actions EPSD, European Panel on Sustainable Development, was founded by GMV in spring 2004 – Steering committee – Chairman

5 Seminar in Brussels EPSD The EPSD is a network of universities and other research organisations The aim of EPSD is to strengthen the role of the research community in the development of the European strategy for sustainable development.

6 Reports

7 Seminar in Brussels Frome Here to Sustainability Is the Lisbon/Göteborg agenda delivering? This report is intended as an independent contribution from academics to the mid term review of the Lisbon strategy

8 Seminar in Brussels “Make the Kok report sustainable!” The report discusses the differences in conclusions and their consequences between the EPSD report and the Kok report.

9 Seminar in Brussels A “smart growth” strategy for sustainable development Published in: Centre for European Reform briefing note Discusses an alternative economic strategy based on sustainable development

10 Seminar in Brussels Learning for sustainable development

11 Seminar in Brussels Knowledge and learning for a sustainable society, Göteborg, Sweden, June, 2001 Vice chancellors/Presidents: – Göteborg University and Chalmers University of Technology, via our joint Centre for Environment and Sustainability (GMV), offer to become a scientific centre and hub in a network of highly competitive and knowledgeable European universities, where we will engage those committed to work within the area of Sustainable Development. – The hub could act as an independent scientific body to which a proposed measure within the EU is referred for consideration, investigations, evaluations and research. – It could also arrange conferences within themes related to conclusions from European Summits.

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13 Seminar in Brussels Knowledge and learning for a sustainable society, Göteborg, Sweden, June, 2001 “There is urgent need for a new type of learning” (Roland Scholz, ETH, Zürich) “All for one, but none for all. Universities need drastic reorganisation to cooperate in addressing global problems”. (Sheldon Rothblatt, Berkeley, California, in Times Higher Education in 2001).

14 Restructuring of universities Integration between disciplines and knowledge areas. - Problems of sustainability are most often of a trans disciplinary nature and need the coordination and cooperation between specialists from different areas. Integration between education and research. - A new way of looking at knowledge formation. - We need to shorten the lead times between education and research.

15 Restructuring of universities Integration between generations from the small children to the grown ups. - We need to prepare not only for today's problems but also for tomorrow's. Integration between academia and society. - Knowledge is formed both within and outside universities. Knowledge needs to be founded and understood in reality.

16 Seminar in Brussels Learning to change our world International consultation on education for sustainable development Göteborg, Sweden, 4-7 may 2004 It is difficult to distinguish “learning for sustainable development” and “sustainable development”. There is a lack of understanding of learning for sustainable development at all levels The organisation of knowledge into disciplines or scientific areas constitutes a significant and serious obstacle to understanding sustainable development. Values and attitudes

17 Possibilities for sustainable development The good and productive dialogue – academia, politicians, others

18 Initiative The Rectors/Presidents of Göteborg University (Gunnar Svedberg) and Chalmers University of Technology (Jan-Eric Sundgren) promised to host another conference on learning for sustainable development in three years

19 Work-shops on ESD oDrivers and Barriers for Implementing Learning for Sustainable Development in Higher Education 7-9 december Organised by: Centre for environment and sustainability in Göteborg oDrivers and Barriers for Learning for Sustainable Development in Pre-School, School and Teacher Education mars Organised by: Göteborg University and City of Göteborg oThe contribution of early childhood education to a sustainable society 2-4 may Organised by Göteborg University o The right to knowledge - Public Learning for Sustainable Development. Laboratory for Democratic Learning october Organised by: Göteborg Folk High School, Göteborg University and Chalmers University of Technology, The Museum of World Culture

20 Final workshop Visions and preparations for a common blueprint on education for sustainable development – November, Organised by University of Gothenburg, Chalmers University of Technology, SWEDESD, UNESCO, the Swedish Ministry of Education and Research The Gothenburg Recommendations on Education for Sustainable Development

21 Görel Thurdin, Svenska UNESCOrådet Ingrid Pramling Samuelsson, GU, UNESCO chair John Holmberg, CHALMERS, UNESCO chair

22 Seminar in Brussels UN The United Nations Decade on Education for Sustainable Development is due to start 2005 The EU Decade?

23 Seminar in Brussels European Panel on Sustainable Development

24 EPSD and ECESD The youngest are perhaps the most important targets - openminded The older generation is at large stuck in their values and will change only slowly ECE is still to a large extent unexploited as a way to change our world Knowledge in ECE and ECESD through research and experience is accumulating EU needs to be made aware about the importance of ECE and ECESD and get incitement to focus

25 General outline of process Collection and compilation of available data on research and practice on ECESD Collection and compilation of facts on EU policy documents, legislation on ECESD Production of a paper summing up what is known in an understandable way (public understanding of science) leading to a series of crisp recommendations Presentation and dissimination in Brussels (commission, parliament, media, others)

26 Reference group Jan Eliasson (FN, Svenska UD) Frans Lenglet (SWEDEST) John Siraj Blatchford (University of London) Ingrid Pramling Samuelsson (GU, UNESCO, OMEP) Katarina Gårdfeldt (GMV) Sten Ljungström (Universeum) Ilan Chabay (GU/CHALMERS) Lori Chabay Magdalena Svanström (CHALMERS) Annsofie Axelsson (CHALMERS) Monika Haraldsson (GU) Ylva Hård av Segerstad (IT University GU/CHALMERS)

27 Ingrid Pramling Samuelsson UNESCO & OMEP

28 What is OMEP? (Organisation Mondiale pour l´Educasion Prescolaire) Founded in 1948 in Prague Alva Myrdal the first world president Consultative status to UNESCO A net-work organisation for professionals within children’s education 65 member states in 5 regions

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30 Action plan To put Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) on the agenda for as many ECE teachers and their children in the world as possible. Curriculum, books, journals, conferences, development- and research projects etc.

31 The three pillars in ESD Social sustainability (citizenship, democracy, equality) Environmental sustainability (nature, climate) Economical sustainablitity (devlopment, equity - social justice) TO INTEGRATE TO A WHOLE

32 ECE for change towards a more sustain society - why? Early years represent a window of opportunities (brain development, values, skills and attitudes) Expansion of ECE programmes globally – World wide – Europe

33 Children, citizens in a challenged world Conference 2010 Göteborg, interview project


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