The Decade of Education for Sustainable Development pursues a global vision:

The Decade of Education for Sustainable Development pursues a global vision:

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The vision of education for sustainable development is a world where everyone has the opportunity to benefit from quality education and learn the values, behaviour and lifestyles required for a sustainable future and for positive societal transformation.

This vision sets 'a sustainable future' at the heart of our common human endeavour, but the vision will find expression in varied socio-cultural contexts - where 'positive societal transformation' will be articulated in different ways. An international decade such as the DESD serves as a framework within which diverse and multiple actors pursue a shared agenda based on their commitment to the central vision . The actors become stakeholders when they accept, adopt or buy into a part or the whole of the decade's vision or if they are affected by it.

The Decade offers a platform for existing international agreements, such as those on biological diversity, combating desertification, climate change and wetlands conservation, and will provide a framework for strengthening the public awareness and educational activities of the various secretariats.

An initiative as broad and as far-reaching as the DESD requires strategies and guidelines that can be applied at all levels and in all contexts, and that will serve to support the implementation of the vision of ESD over the ten-year period.

The proposed DESD objectives are to:

1. Give an enhanced profile to the central role of education and learning in the common pursuit of sustainable development;

2. Facilitate links and networking, exchange and interaction among stakeholders in ESD;

3. Provide a space and opportunity for refining and promoting the vision of, and transition to sustainable development - through all forms of learning and public awareness;

4. Foster increased quality of teaching and learning in education for sustainable development;

5. Develop strategies at every level to strengthen capacity in ESD.

The SADC Region is now embarking on a process to develop a regional guidelines document to support participation in the UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development. The guidelines need to build on and strengthen the diverse environmental education, health education, gender education, human rights education and other educational experiences and practices in the region that support and strengthen sustainable development, so we hope that you can contribute further to the process!

If you would like to make further contributions to this process, visit the SADC Regional Environmental Education Programme website on a way to participate...) for guidelines on how to participate / run a local level consultation. You can also write in to share your experience if you are unable to host / participate in a local level consultation.

SADC Regional Environmental Education Programme