Whole School Approaches to Sustainability: Exemplary Practices from around the world
A Whole School Approach (WSA) provides a framework for re-orienting and redesigning education considering emerging global sustainability challenges. It invites a holistic, systemic, co-creative and reflexive effort by all stakeholders involved in education to meaningfully engage students in complex sustainability challenges. This report provides provides an analysis of practical examples of the use of a WSA to help achieve Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) - Quality Education for all, and all the other connecting SDGs.
The report serves as one of the key inputs for the WSA International hybrid Conference held on the 28 - 30th of March 2022, Lunteren, The Netherlands, organised by SME Advies. With the help of multiple practitioners connected to the school examples which are mentioned in each case study, this report has been prepared by researchers Rosalie Mathie of The Norwegian University of Life Sciences, and Arjen Wals of Wageningen University in The Netherlands.
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Section II Case studies from around the world
Japan - A ‘Whole Community Service’ Learning Approach to ESD
The Netherlands - Green Vocational Schools committed to a WSA
South Africa - Longstanding Eco-School members
USA - Chicago based Global Citizenship Experience (GCE) Lab School
Cyprus - A cross curricular holistic approach involving school, family and wider community
England, UK - Ruskin Mill - A Whole School, for the Whole Child, in a Whole Community
India - Quality Education’ as an enabler for the SDG’s
Norway - Montessori Students as changemakers
China - Hong Kong - A Whole School Sustainability Audit spearheading
Finland - Terälahti a Nature-school holistic integrated approach
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Graphic design, cover and illustrations: Nicolette Tauecchio (Nicniq)
Copy editor: Siri Elise Dybdal
This Whole School Approaches to Sustainability report was made possible by the program DuurzaamDoor and the Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality in The Netherlands.
Mathie, R. G. and Wals, A.E.J. (2022) Whole School Approaches to Sustainability: Exemplary Practices from around the world. Wageningen: Education & Learning Sciences/Wageningen University. 109 pages.