ENSI – a precious network for thirty years!

ENSI was set up as a decentralized international network in 1986 under the umbrella of OECD’s Centre for Educational Research & Innovation (CERI). In consequence of OECD’s reorganization all decentralised networks became independent in 2004 and ENSI was recognized as an international NPA in 2008. ENSI is now an association under Austrian law, seated at the Ministry of Education in Vienna. The network ENSI is financed by its members and by own project work.

ENSI sets emphasis on the implementation of Education for Sustainable Development in the whole educational system through research based projects in the fields of quality development, competence enhancement for teachers and students, cooperation among schools and the civil society and development of new skills for VET students.

ENSI cooperates with major international organisations such as UNESCO, UNECE, UNEP (Carpathian Convention), RCE/UN-Universities, CEE India, Baltic21 and others.

ENSI’s members are governments, international organisations, institutions such as universities, schools, NGO’s and persons from civil society. Partners come from Europe, Asia and Australia. Partners from the following countries have contributed to ENSI initiated projects and/or are cooperating with ENSI in projects in the period from 2002 to 2014:

Australia, Austria, Belgium/Flanders, Canada, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, India, Italy, Japan, Republic of Korea, Malaysia, The Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain/Catalonia, Sweden, Switzerland, Ukraine, UK

ENSI’s strengths lie in the combined work of policy makers, researchers, teacher educators and their students and pilot schools with teachers and students.

ENSI is a frontrunner of international developments in ESD. During the UN decade on ESD the network ENSI initiated four relevant COMENIUS-projects carried out in cooperation with strong partners:

CoDeSSchool and community collaboration for ESD (Education21, Berne, CH), 2011- 2014see project SUPPORTPartnership and participation for sustainable development (Norwegian Directorate for Education, Oslo, NO), 2007- 2010see project CSCTTeacher competences for ESD (Katholieke Hogeschool Leuven, BE) 2004 - 2007see project SEEDQuality development through ESD (Bundesministerium für Bildung, Wissenschaft und Kultur, Vienna, AT) 2002 – 2005 see projectsee project CASALENEducation for Sustainable Development in the Carpathian region, 2007 -2009.
In Cooperation with UNEP/UNESCO Polski and Carpathian Conventionsee project

Outcomes of these projects influenced policy decisions on international and national levels through dissemination in workshops, on conferences and in international organisations for example UNECE.

New questions and developments in the field of ESD may initiate a new ERASMUS+ project, which will be developed and carried out in cooperation with ENSI network.

ENSI organizes and affects the exchange of expertise in the field of research education on sustainable development also by offering a platform for senior experts, as well as for young, innovative researchers.” (Quotation from UNESCO Review of Contexts and structures for Education for Sustainable Development 2009, Arjen Wals)

Explanatory Memorandum Becoming a member of ENSI, ‘Environment and Schools Initiatives’ - What are
the potential benefits and what this involves in practical terms for member
countries. ENSI Memorandum.pdfENSI (2015). Explanatory Memorandum.