Schools in Action: Education for Sustainable Development (ESD)


Description: “There are over 60 million teachers in the world – and each one is a key agent for bringing about the changes in lifestyles and systems we need. For this reason, innovative teacher education is an important part of education for a sustainable future.” (UNESCO, n.d.)

The course aims to equip the educators with the tools and knowledge on how to incorporate sustainable development in education. Making the shift in education towards valuing sustainability is essential in terms of raising generations that will take actions and be the driving force for environmental integrity, economic viability with the respect to cultural diversity. The course will enable learners to address present and future global challenges constructively and creatively and to create more sustainable and resilient communities.


European School Education Platform
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Dates and Locations

Limassol, Cyprus

  • 02.–06.10.2023
  • 27.–31.05.2024
  • 02.–06.12.2024
  • 10.–14.03.2025
  • 07.–11.07.2025
  • 29.09.–03.10.2025

Athens, Greece

  • 11.–15.03.2024  CONFIRMED SESSION
  • 01.–05.07.2024  CONFIRMED SESSION
  • 30.09.–04.10.2024
  • 01.–05.12.2025

Thessaloniki, Greece

  • 26.–30.05.2025

Don’t see the dates that suit your group?  Send us an e-mail with the proposed dates and location and we will get back to you.*

*- Only in case, you are 6 or more persons from the same organisation.


Daily Programme


  • Welcome and introductions
  • Individual expectations, setting objectives for the week
  • Getting to know each other & participants’ educational institutions
  • 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals
  • Why do the SDGs matter to educational institutions and teachers?
  • Needs analysis and goal setting for educational institutions


  • Introduction to Education for Sustainable Development (ESD)
  • 4 pillars of Education for Sustainable Development (ESD)
  • Environmental sustainability
  • Economic Sustainability
  • Social Sustainability
  • How ESD is implemented in educational organisations (case studies)?
  • Focusing on teaching Environmental sustainability
  • Workshops on how to teach environmental sustainability


  • Focusing on teaching Economic and Social sustainability
  • Workshops on how to teach Economic and Social sustainability
  • Educators tools - where to find educational resources (apps, videos, lessons & workshop plans, etc.?
  • How to start a sustainability project in my school?


  • Whole-School Sustainability – what sustainable schools look like
  • Key Challenges of transforming schools
  • Role of networks and stakeholders in implementing & promoting sustainability
  • How do I implement sustainable development in my organisation? – making an action plan for sustainable development in participants’ organisations


  • Summary and course evaluation
  • Feedback & certificates
  • Cultural excursion in the local area
Competences Acquired by Participants

The course aims to develop participants’ awareness and creativity in designing lessons, workshops and projects to promote sustainable development in their organisations and the whole community.

Specific objectives of the training are:

  • Introduce 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, its 17 Sustainable Development Goals and Education for Sustainable Development (ESD)
  • Show the importance of Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) to educational institutions and teachers
  • Show participants how to design workshops to teach sustainability
  • Show participants how to design their own sustainability projects
  • Promote healthy systems in the school’s physical place
  • Improve the participants’ personal and professional skills in teaching
  • Promote more interactive, caring and horizontal relationship between educators and students
  • Show the importance of networks and stakeholders involvement in the implementation and promotion of sustainable development
  • Enhance the participant’s ability to adapt to changes
  • Create a cross-cultural environment to discuss and exchange ideas with colleagues
  • Provide tools of professional development for the educators
  • Increase capacity to cooperate on an international level
  • Improve communication and social skills
  • Improve English language skills


Type of Certification of Attendance Awarded
  • Certificate of attendance including description of training content and time input
  • Certificate of Obtained Competencies
  • Europass mobility certificates – to be issued by the applicant’s NA
Course Packages

Please note that ‘All in one – single room’ and ‘All in one – double room’ packages are being offered in all locations except London, Dublin, Barcelona, Athens, Porto, Lyon, Split and Pisa, where we have only the ‘Basic’ course package.

       1. ‘ALL IN ONE – Single room’ PACKAGE - 1240€

  • Tuition fee and training material
  • Certificate of Competence
  • Welcome dinner
  • Accommodation in a Single room in a 3 or 4-star hotel (6 nights)
  • Full Board (5 days)
  • Administration costs
  • Coffee Breaks
  • Cultural visit

      2. ‘ALL IN ONE – Double Room Sharing’ PACKAGE- 1040€

  • Tuition fee and training material
  • Certificate of Competence
  • Welcome dinner
  • Accommodation - double room sharing in a 3 or 4-star hotel (6 nights)
  • Full Board (5 days)
  • Administration costs
  • Coffee Breaks
  • Cultural visit

*Choose double room sharing if you are 2 colleagues from the same organisation willing to share a double room/ or if you have any accompanying person travelling to the venue of the course together with you (we can arrange the accommodation for accompanying persons as well).

       3. ‘BASIC’ course PACKAGE - 450€

  • Tuition fee and training material
  • Certificate of Competence
  • Welcome dinner
  • Administration costs
  • Coffee Breaks
  • Cultural visit

Note: separate invoices for the training fee only (400 EUR) can be issued upon request from the organisation.

DOREA as well offers group discounts in the case of 7 or more persons from the same organisation.




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