The declaration has been signed by representatives of governments and civil society from all around the world, as well as international agencies and organisations.
It starts from 3 key premises:
- We’re living in a dramatic situation of global challenges, which require a profound transformation of the planet, through the path of sustainable development.
- Education is key in the changes of mentality and behaviour. Moreover, it promotes the integration of all sustainable development’s dimensions (ecological, economic, and social).
- ESD, included in the SDG 4.7 of the UN Agenda 2030, is the basis of the transformation we need, since it allows to educate young people and children, as “agents of change for ESD”.
Based on these premises, the declaration establishes 16 commitments for ESD to permeate education systems around the world and become a central element, that is, to become a fundamental axis of teacher training for teachers, and to drive the transformation of learning at school.
Furthermore, these 16 commitments also refer to empowering children as agents of change to achieve sustainable development, so they can be co-creators of the individual and social transformation that our planet needs; or also to ensure the necessary funding and resources for ESD especially during the Covid-19 era, but also afterwards.
In short, as a powerful idea, the declaration claims ESD as the key lever for transforming the world’s education systems. As Assistant’s Director-General for Education, Prof. Stefania Giannini, said at the presentation of the Declaration: “In this declaration we acknowledge the power of education to turn things around. An education that builds knowledge, creates the awareness and leads to the necessary big, Disruptive change we need”.