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Education for Sustainable Development

February 25th - March 16th, 2018
Education for Sustainable Development 

“Education Towards Sustainable Development (ESD) meets the needs of the present generation without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs”  Brundtland Commission, United Nations, March 20, 1987

“Education Towards Sustainable Development (ESD) meets the needs of the present generation without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs”  Brundtland Commission, United Nations, March 20, 1987

Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) aims to preserve environmental integrity, economic viability, and a just society for present and future generations. ESD addresses these objectives through the establishment of broad teaching and learning processes that emphasize an interdisciplinary and holistic approach, which promotes critical and creative thinking in education.
ESD pursues this endeavor with the understanding that human behavior may be altered to limit harmful effects on the environment. 

In May, 2015, UNESCO’s Conference on World Education, held in Incheon Korea declared new Education goals for the year 2030. "Our vision is to transform lives through education, recognizing the important role of education as a main drive of development," the declaration reads. "Building on the legacy of Jomtien and Dakar, this Incheon Declaration is a historic commitment by all of us to transform lives through a new vision for education, with bold and innovative actions, to reach our ambitious goal by 2030." This new vision is embodied by the UN’s global goals for 2030, the Sustainable Development Goals, emphasizing the vision that in order to achieve equality and fight world poverty, all countries must commit to sustainable development. 

Education for sustainable development (ESD) is not a particular programme or project, but is rather an umbrella for many forms of education that already exist, and new ones that remain to be created. ESD promotes efforts to rethink educational programmes and systems (both methods and contents) that currently support unsustainable societies. All educational programmes need to be based on five fundamental pillars of learning: Learning to know: Learning to do, Learning to live together; Learning to be; Learning to transform oneself and society

The Program adheres to the understanding that the promotion and implementation of ESD should become an integral element in school curriculum, and that the path to establish institutions based on the tenets of ESD requires thorough, long-term development and support activities.
The Program will follow the main principle of ESD to “Think Global, Act Local.” This principle involves combining the needs and resources available in developing countries to charter the path for the future and support Sustainable Development. The program will follow this principle by first assisting community members implement projects that will produce tangible results despite the wider scope of the needs of their communities. By doing so, the program will improve economies, societies, and the environment at the local and global levels.

Implementation of Education towards Sustainable Development in Schools
In theory, educational systems have the responsibility of spearheading orientation towards sustainable development. But actual experience shows that one of the main problems in introducing new subjects is the difficulty of their acceptance by formal educational systems.

Every school has to be open to this subject and begin a process of learning and internalization. 
Core Values of Education towards Sustainable Development

• Respect for the environment
• Democracy
• Lifetime learning 
• Equality
• Progress towards peace

• Development of self-identity and values reflecting the worldview of the teacher as an educator for sustainability
• Imparting of knowledge and information on current environmental, social and economic issues and the relationship between them
• Development of creative and flexible methods of thinking that will enable the identification of environmental and social problems and their solutions
• Introducing, understanding and practicing of integrative approaches to educational planning, through the creation of curricula combinations around a common principle – sustainability and sustainable development
• Development of professional and pedagogical skills
• Development of entrepreneurship and good citizenship, social and environmental leadership

Those who complete the program will be able to:
• Initiate, develop and lead educational and/or community projects dealing with complex socio-environmental-social issues
• Analyze projects in a reflective way so as to assess them with appropriate methodologies

Application Requirements


For this course, we would like to accept: Directors of Departments in MOE’s and municipalities Principals, Head teachers, Supervisors, Curricula Developers, and Teachers of teachers.

Application forms should be sent to the relevant Israeli Mission and to the Ofri Center by 03.12.2017


Application forms

Application forms and other information may be obtained at the nearest Israeli mission or at MASHAV’s website: http://mashav.mfa.gov.il/MFA/mashav/Courses/Pages/default.aspx.

Completed application forms, including the medical form, should be sent to the relevant Israeli mission in the respective country.

General Information

Arrival and Departure

Arrival date:     25 February 2018         

Opening date:  26 February 2018       

Closing date:     15 March 2018       

Departure date:  16 March 2018   

Participants must arrive at the training center on the arrival date, and leave on the departure date. Early arrivals/late departures if required, must be arranged by the participants themselves, directly with the hotel/center, and must be paid for by the participant him/herself.


Location and Accommodation

MASHAV awards a limited number of scholarships. The scholarship covers the cost of the training program including lectures and field visits, full board accommodation in double rooms (two participants per room), health insurance (see below) and transfers to and from the airport. Airfares and daily allowance are not included in the scholarship.


Health Services

Medical insurance covers medical services and hospitalization in case of emergency. It does not cover the treatment of chronic or serious diseases, specific medications taken by the participant on a regular basis, dental care and eyeglasses. Health authorities recommend that visitors to Israel make sure they have been inoculated against tetanus in the last ten years. Subject to the full binding policy conditions. Participants are responsible for all other expenses.


The course will be held at the A. Ofri International Educational Training Center, situated in the Ramat Rachel Hotel on the outskirts of Jerusalem. Participants will be accommodated in double rooms (two participants per room).