Guide for Using the Earth Charter in Education was launched during the
UNESCO World Conference on Education for Sustainable Development held
in Bonn (31 March – 2 April).
years of dialogue, drafting and the inputs of a group of individuals
involved in education, a Guide for using the Earth Charter in Education
is finally ready for use and dissemination. Earth Charter International
welcomes comments and suggestions for improving it and plans to release
a second version in 2010.
Guide is intended for educators wanting to develop
educational systems and programs that prepare young people and adults
to live sustainably and become responsible local and global citizens in
the 21st century.
provides basic information on how to use the Earth Charter in
educational settings. It is especially helpful to educators working in the fields of environmental education, education for
sustainable development, human rights education, human ecology
education, peace education, humane education, social education and
second section of this guide briefly outlines history of education
for sustainable ways of living and significance of the Earth
Charter as a teaching and learning resource.
The third section
discusses significance of ethics and explains the important place
of ethical values in the Earth Charter.
The fourth section identifies
major themes that the Earth Charter can help address in diverse
The fifth section lists a
number of the educational goals that teachers can consider when using
the Earth Charter. The sixth section presents guidelines for developing
Earth Charter educational materials and programmes.