Education for Sustainable Development allows everyone to acquire the knowledge, skills, attitudes and values necessary to shape a sustainable future. It requires participatory teaching and learning methods that motivate and empower learners to change their behaviour, and take action for sustainable development. Therefore, it involves a focus on climate change, disaster risk reduction, biodiversity, poverty reduction, and sustainable consumption.
Education for Sustainable Development consequently promotes competencies like critical thinking, imagining future scenarios and making decisions in a collaborative way. Given that the decade of Education for Sustainable Development is almost at an end, this discussion is timely and will provide useful insight concerning how to provide it and thereby promote a sustainable future.
Profile of Dr. Lorna Down
School of Education, University of the West Indies, Mona Senior Lecturer- Language Arts and Literature Education
Dr. Down has considerable experience in teacher education, literature and language education as well as education for sustainable development. Her research interests include postcolonial, feminist and ecological literary studies, teacher education and education for sustainable development.
Dr. Down has published and presented a number of scholarly papers at workshops and conferences in areas related to Education for Sustainable Development, Transforming the Culture of Violence in Schools and Literature (postcolonial, feminist, and ecological). She is co-author of the series Let’s Work with English Books 1, 2 and 3, Kaleidoscope Anthology 4, Kaleidoscope Skills Book 4 and Kaleidoscope Teachers’ Guide 4 and First Aid in English for the Caribbean Series.
Professional Responsibilities: Senior Lecturer in Language and Literature Education, Education for Sustainable Development; Cluster Leader – Communications and Arts; Research Seminar:
Editor – Caribbean Journal of Education; Member of the UNESCO International Advisory Board for the UNESCO ESD World Conference – 2008-2009, Germany.
Most recently Dr. Down, along with two other colleagues, initiated MESCA, a movement for mainstreaming environment and other sustainability concerns in Caribbean Universities.