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“The National Assembly for Wales will promote development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. This means that we will integrate the principles of sustainable development into our work & seek to influence others to do the same.”

(Extract from the Assembly’s Sustainable Development Scheme)

Education for Sustainable Development and Global Citizenship is an approach which involves the whole curriculum and management of the school, not merely an ‘add on’ subject. It has its roots in environmental education and development education. As a result, many of the building blocks of education for sustainable development and global citizenship are already present in every school.

Children and young adults deserve to know that their
fate is inextricable linked to, and affected by, the lives and decisions of others across the world.

They have a right to understand the crucial issues facing the planet and know
how they can personally play
a part in helping shape the future.


Education for Sustainable Development
Enables people to develop the knowledge, values and skills to participate in decisions about the way we do things individually and collectively, both locally and globally, that will improve the quality of life now without damaging the planet for the future.


Education for Global Citizenship
Enables people to understand the global forces which shape their lives and to acquire the knowledge, skills and values that will equip them to participate in decision making, both locally and globally, which promotes a more equitable and sustainable world.

Education for Sustainable Development and Global Citizenship is about:

  • The links between society, economy and environment and between our own lives and those of people throughout the world
  • The needs and rights of both present and future generations
  • The relationship between power, resources and human rights

The local and global implications of everything we do and the actions that individuals and organisations can take in response to local and global issues.

ESD&GC concepts, knowledge and understanding, attitudes and values