Education for Peace Bringing and Sustainable Development in the 21st Century
Education is key to shaping values and behaviour to help realize sustainable development through acquiring knowledge and skills. Quality education responds to learners’ individual needs, endowing them with their own voice and capacity to exploit their potential to its fullest. Sustainable development and global citizenship are relatively new concepts and potentially complex and intellectually challenging, we need sustainability literate and globally aware population. Sustainability refers to the ability of a place or a community to meet the needs of its contemporary peoples without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their full range of human needs sustainability is typically defined in the literature through environmental, social, and economic factors. These factors are considered as interlinked in policy development as well as analysing and implementing for community development plans. Where I think the concept of sustainability is promising for the arts and art education is that there is a growing recognition that a sustainable environment is possible only if "culture" is viewed as integral to the quality of life. Moreover, the educational aspect of sustainability is the educating for principles that permeate environmental, economic, and socio-cultural areas, and a curriculum for sustainability must address each if students are to sustain the values and behaviours desired from sustainability education.
The areas (environmental, economic, and socio-cultural) exist at micro and macro-scales. Learning at only one scale is improper the cultural environment. However, the interconnections between the two are so vast that learning both separately is unsuitable as well. As the environmental mantra states, students should be encouraged to think globally and act locally. It connects them more sensibly, to their geographic places while demonstrating the impact their actions and others have on the wider world. This is the challenge for education at every level. Such a discussion of spiritual and moral values in education is much needed. The power of education as a tool for social progress has long been recognized. But too often educational systems have been structured to reinforce “unsustainable” values and goals.
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