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Aug 6, 2012: CoDeS: Teacher In service course (IST) on school-community collaboration Comenius In Service Teacher Training course in Spetses has been cancelled for this year due to lack of participants. Next planned In-service courses in February and March 2013 in the UK. You are welcome to participate!

CoDeS initiates a IST-course for teachers with the objective of gaining expertise in school-community collaboration and developing new COMENIUS school partnerships across Europe!

Island of Spetses, Greece, September 24ht – 28th 2012

Deadline for application: April 30th 2012!

What will the course be all about?
- Clarifying the idea of school-community collaboration for sustainable development
- Becoming familiar with European cases of school-community collaboration
- Discussing principles, criteria and tools for the development of ESD-projects
- Getting acquainted with community participation methods
- Fostering capabilities for planning and implementing projects focusing on school-community collaboration
- Exchanging ideas, experiences and developing links with teachers from different European countries
- Creating COMENIUS school partnerships and networks
- Gaining a variety of new teaching methods
Flyer Island of Spetses.pdf
Jun 11, 2012: CoDeS: Third mailing All relevant information from the COMENIUS multilateral network CODES Newsletter from June 2012.
It includes a review of the Vienna conference.

1. Did you know? Some questions about Conference in Vienna, May 1-3, 2012
2. Presentations, poster and photo gallery from the Vienna Conference
3. A short conference report from the internal evaluator
4. The Perspective of the External Evaluator
5. CoDeS at the International Stakeholder Conference of the Danube Region Strategy – People and Skills; Vienna June 13/14, 2012
6. Address of CoDeS Website: CoDeS Mailing 3.pdf
May 31, 2012: CoDeS: Informations for Partner Meeting 2 Information about the second partner meeting in Györ (Hungary) Octover 1-3 2012. PM2 Informations.pdf Apr 27, 2012: CoDeS: Project description in french Coopération de l’école et de la communauté pour un développement durable Description du project CoDeS en français. Reseau multilateral CoDeS.pdf Mar 7, 2012: CoDeS: Second mailing All relevant information from the COMENIUS multilateral network CODES Newsletter from March 2012. It includes information concerning the upcoming CoDeS Conference in Vienna as well as the In service training (IST) seminar at Spetses/Greece, September 2012.
For your attention: Deadline for the IST seminar is April 30th, 2012!

Content of this mailing:
1. Working Conference Vienna, May 1-3, 2012
2. Guidelines for poster presentation
3. IST (in-service-training) course at Spetses Island/Greece in September 4. CoDeS Homepage: Mailing 2_2012.03.07.pdf
Dec 15, 2011: CoDeS: First mailing All relevant information from the newly started COMENIUS multilateral network CODES Newsletter from December 2011
Content of this mailing:
1. Welcome to CoDeS 2. What is CoDeS all about?
3. CoDeS master plan, version December 2011
4. Important links
5. Next event: The Vienna Conference, May 1-3, 2012
6. CoDeS Homepage: Mailing 1.pdf
Dec 15, 2011: CoDeS: project master plan CoDeS master plan based on proposal from February 2011.
Updated December 8th, 2011 CoDeS Masterplan.pdf
Dec 13, 2011: CoDeS: First partner meeting CoDeS started its work on November 13-16 in Friedrichsdorf/Germany with the first partner meeting. 35 persons gathered to discuss the master plan, deliverables, work packages, and the next event. After three intense days of exchange and discussion all partners agreed to their contributions to the new network. For more information about the first partner meeting contact CoDeS secretariat at Dec 12, 2011: CoDeS: New CoDeS web site is open now! Visit CoDeS website and get all information about the network and its activities! May 12, 2011: 09. -12.October 2011 ICMEE International Conference on Measurement and Evaluation in Education International COnference at the School of Educational Studies, University Sains, Malaysia, Penang ICMEE front.JPG May 11, 2011: OECD Conference in Athens/Greece Better Value for Schools: Making Public-Private Partnerships Work for Educational Infrastructure

OECD Conference on

Better Value for Schools: Making Public-Private Partnerships Work for Educational Infrastructure

30-31 May 2011

Athens, Greece

Organised by the

OECD Centre for Effective Learning Environments (CELE)

and the

School Buildings Organisation, Greece

A key challenge for governments is to meet the changing needs of education within the constraints of tighter budgets. As governments seek to find ways of improving value for money from PPP agreements that can last over 25 years, this conference will explore the key issues behind successful PPPs in educational infrastructure, drawing on the expertise from different countries, the European Investment Bank and other institutions.

For further information, consult the web site or contact
Apr 27, 2011: Drivers and Barriers Drivers and Barriers to Implementing ESD with Focus on UNESCO's Action and Strategy Goals for the second Half of the Decade. Drivers and Barriers UNESCO.pdf Apr 3, 2010: Are Women the Key to Sustainable Development? Sustainable Development Insights, No. 3, April 2010
By Candice Stevens, Boston University

This issue explores the possible link between advances in achieving gender equality and advances in achieving sustainable development goals. The paper concludes, “As indicated by both theory and evidence, the lack of progress on gender equality may be at the heart of the failure to advance on sustainable development. If women were in more productive and decision-making roles, we could be moving faster and more assuredly towards sustainability in the economic, social and environmental sense. Sustainable development is a political concept because it is about good governance, which will be hard to achieve until we get closer to gender parity. Research is needed to test the hypothesis that women are more risk-averse than men and that women leaders would be more apt to follow sustainable development pathways. Given the importance of gender to sustainability, these issues should feature more prominently in sustainable development discussions and be highlighted in a 2012 UN Conference on Sustainable Development.”

Sustainable Development Insights is a series of short policy essays supporting the Sustainable Development Knowledge Partnership (SDKP) and edited by Boston University’s Frederick S. Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future. The series seeks to promote a broad interdisciplinary dialogue on how to accelerate sustainable development at all levels.

Candice Stevens is the former Sustainable Development Advisor of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), where she was also Head of the Industry Division, the Science and Technology Policy Division, and the Environment and Trade Unit. Previously, Dr. Stevens was an economist in the US government in the Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of the Interior, the Department of Commerce, and the US Congress. She now consults on economics of sustainable development from her office in Paris, France. UNsdkp003fsingle.pdf
Feb 12, 2010: Quality Criteria for ESD-Schools in Croatian Ova je publikacija namijenjena institucijama različitih razina odgojno-obrazovnog sustava, ali i pojedincima – učiteljima, ravnateljima, stručnim suradnicima, učenicima, roditeljima. Ukratko, namijenjena je svima onima koje zanima poboljšanje kvalitete obrazovanja za održivi razvoj. Ona nudi osnovni instrumentarij samo-vrednovanja u provedbi obrazovanja za održivi razvoj, ali istodobno može poslužiti i kao smjerokaz za uvođenje novih ili proširivanje postojećih aktivnosti u stalnom nastojanju poboljšanja kvalitete obrazovanja.

Published by Søren Breiting, Michaela Mayer, Finn Mogensen, in 2005 QC_HR-web.pdf
Feb 12, 2010: Carpathian Mountains ESD Training Tool Kit Published by Éva Tóth Ambrusné, Ildikó Bajkó, Carmen Bucovala, Sebastian Catanoiu, Luminita Chicinas, Katalin Czippán, Hubert Hilbert, Horaţiu Popa, Ana Seke, Ciprian Stanciu, Miroslav Tadić, Eliza Teodorescu, Mária Tóth, Ion Zamfir, Mihai Zotta, in 2009
The Carpathian Mountains ESD Training Tool Kit was developed in partnership by ENSI (Project Casalen) and UNEP (Interim Secretariat of the Carpathian Convention) and contribution of other partners, with the support of OMV in the framework of the Move and Help initiative.

The English version of the Carpathian Mountain ESD Training Tool Kit was developed on the basis of the original Romanian version. The main aim of the English version is to provide the basis for the development of further adapted local versions of the Tool Kit, which can be used in other Carpathian countries and other regions.

If you are interested in the work of the CASALEN network or in the Tool Kit, and especially partners who are producing Carpathian- or similar educational material, and are interested to join a regional ESD effort please contact:
Tamara Mitrofanenko at
Attila Varga at Carpathian Mountains ESD Tool Kit.pdf
Aug 15, 2009: Sust. Development in School and Kindergarten – Journal for developing global dimension in the curriculum. Call for Pubication:

In October 2009 we are planning to publish the third issue of Journal Sustainable Development in School and Kindergarten – Journal for developing global dimension in the curriculum.
As an expert in the sustainable education field and leader of ENSI you are cordially invited to contribute with the article.
You are kindly requested to send your article (3 to 5 pages including pictures) with registration form for publishing articles (in an attachment) by 1st October 09 to my address:

Majda Naji, Chief Editor
Sustainable Development in School and Kindergarten - Journal for developing the global dimension in the curriculum
National Education Institute Slovenia - NEIS
Poljanska 28, 1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia
tel: 00386 2 32 08 064

Sustainable Development in Pre-School and Pre-University Education is the only professional periodical for science and social science teachers, as well as for those who are responsible for the projects concerning the education for sustainable development at primary and secondary level, in student homes, and in centres that support educational and free-time activities. It can be of use to any teachers; it is explicitely holistically and inter-disciplinarily oriented, and it pursues the goals of lifelong learning.

Professional articles in the periodical Sustainable Development in Pre-School and Pre-University Education serve as a link between the theory of the sustainable development and the educational practice, they present modern didactic approaches to the education for sustainable development, and follow the concepts of the global dimension of the curriculum. The inclusion of foreign authors makes the information about worldwide novelties possible.

We aim at publishing:
- articles based on holistic and global approach, containing practical, methodical and performing guidelines to teachers teaching different subjects and making use of interdisciplinary connections within the education for sustainable development;
- articles dealing with the global dimension of the curriculum, which in addition to the sustainable development and current environmental topics include content concerning global citizenship, conflict-solving, social rights, values and participation, interdependence, human rights, and acceptance of differentness:
- articles describing the inclusion of the content and aims of the education for sustainable development into the modernized syllabi;
- articles concerning the implementation of value and quality-based criteria of the schools involved in the education for sustainable development;
- articles including the theoretical basis, concepts, content, strategies and aims of the education for sustainable development, together with their implementation in educational practice;
- foreign, principally European, initiatives and experience in the field of project work, being part of the education for sustainable development;
- articles serving as a means of communication among teachers, parents and the local authorities;
- articles dealing with the evaluation and presentation of learning materials and aids, referring to the education for sustainable development;
- articles about the functioning of non-governmental institutions in the field of the education for sustainable development.

The priority will be given to the articles that are didactically oriented and refer to the aims and content of the education for sustainable development, as well as to the development of the global dimension of the curriculum.

The periodical Sustainable Development in Pre-School and Pre-University Education will be reserved to original, unpublished articles. All articles are supposed to be accompanied by a title, the name of the authors and of the institution where they work, and by an abstract (possibly also translated into English) with key words. The aricles must be at professional level, written in gramatically and stylistically normal language.

The abstract should not exceed 200 words; it appears on the front page of the article, together with the key words, both following the title. The abstract should provide the understanding of the content of the article without the need of reading the entire article. It should be written in the third person, summarizing the essentials of the topic treated, together with the explanation of its aims, methods and techniques – in case of research approach – and the principal results and conclusions.

The papers resulting from the study or from professional meetings will not be accepted unless they are adapted for the publication in this periodical.

The authors are responsible for the content of their articles; therefore their complete signature (name(s) and surname(s)) is needed. The signed form Prijavnica prispevka (Registry of the article) can be found on the website of Zavod Republike Slovenije za šolstvo (Založba, prijavnica prispevka).

How to quote the references:
• for books: Požarnik, H. (1999). Prihodnost napredka. Ljubljana: Družina
• for periodicals: Požarnik, H. (2006). Vzgoja za trajnostni razvoj. V: Okoljska vzgoja v šoli, letnik (year) 8, št. (no.)1, str. (pages) 5-7.
• for websites: Učni načrt okoljska vzgoja. Dostopno na ( Accessible on) URL: zalozba.asp?link=narocanje&t=2&a=1&b=0&avtID=0&vg=0&stizob=0&predmet=22&pubID=289 [uporabljeno 20. 10. 2007] – (used on 20 Oct. 2007).

The articles can be sent by e-mail (

The typed article should be 3 – 5 pages long. The pictorial or graphic material should be accompanied by explanations. If it is sent separately, the explanations should be included in the body text. The quality of the pictorial material should meet the demands of the reproduction.

The articles will be reviewed. The typescripts will not be returned.
Feb 17, 2009: OECD Workshop on ESD 11.-12. September 2008
The workshop explored how the OECD can contribute to the development of strategies, curricula, and sustainable schools for the UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (2005-2014).

Günther Pfaffenwimmer as representative of ENSI was invited to present in Session 3: „Promoting Sustainable Schools”

The results of the workshop contributed to the Joint Conference on Consumer Education (Paris, 24 October 2008), were reported to the International Conference on ESD (Bordeaux, 27-29 October 2008) and will be presented to the UNESCO World Conference on ESD (Bonn, 31 March – 2 April 2009).

See the revised Draft Agenda, the Workshop Summary and the discussants power point presentations at:,3343,en 2649 37425 40771408 1 1 1 1,00.html
Oct 27, 2008: Conference internationale de Bordeaux ENSI workshop report on Conference internationale de Bordeaux (27. - 29.
October, 2008): Progress and Possibilities for the UN-Decade of Education
for Sustainable Developement in EU Member states ConferenceBordeaux.pdf
Aug 24, 2008: CSCT handbook CSCT Handbook_11_01_08.pdf Jun 5, 2008: Brand New: “Engaging Youth in Sustainable Development” The Council of Europe and ENSI offer a collection of
teaching and learning practice of education for sustainable
development (ESD). The stories from student activities grade
5 to 9 from schools across 13 European countries and Canada
You are free to download the publication

Learning and Teaching Sustainable Development in Lower Secondary Schools

Engaging youth in sustainable development is a collection of
teaching and learning practice of education for sustainable
development (ESD). The stories from student activities grade
5 to 9 from schools across 13 European countries and Canada
inspire teachers and students to engage towards an ecologic,
economic and social improvement of their community. Thus
teaching practices presented here illustrate how education
for sustainable development can have implications beyond
the classroom through empowering students in their life as
young global citizens.

ISBN: 978-3-85031-101-5

Download document: Engaging_Youth_08_internet.pdf

Download flyer: engaging-youth flyer_RZ.pdf
Apr 1, 2008: Annual Report 2007 ENSI reports its networking activities in the fields of institutional
partnerships, project work, new developments, the outreach to Asia Pacific
and the most important addresses of network partners.

More information: ENSI Annual report 2007.pdf
Nov 28, 2007: The Ahmedabad Declaration This declaration was developed from the 24th to the 28th of November 2007. The drafting process involved over
1,500 participants from 97 countries at the Fourth International Conference on Environmental Education. Declaration.pdf
Nov 22, 2007: Regula Kyburz-Graber honoured form NAAEE Regula Kyburz Graber honoured for her Research in Environmental

See press release NAAEE from November 21st and Unijournal Zurich December 3rd.
Aug 30, 2007: EU Comenius Network Support EU Comenius Network Support starts, financed by the EU in the Autumn of 2007
The EU-commission informed that the application of SUPPORT as Comenius Network in the years 2007-2010 is accepted with a financial support of 42% (just as calculated by the preparing group). As part of the executive meeting the next steps will be discussed and circulated to all partners.

Congratulation to the Norwegian Ensi members.

Dec 1, 2006: Follow up on Quality Criteria in Germany Education for Sustainable Development –Learning Goals and Opportunities for Secondary Level
This guide sets out the competencies that pupils should have acquired on completion of secondary education within the scope of education for sustainable development. The guide is intended to support teachers, school administrations, parents and pupils, enabling them to act systematically and appropriately in this area. The guide should additionally set guidelines for schools which intend to integrate education for sustainable development into their school programme. For teacher trainers, the guide is to be seen as a basis for the creation of training measures, and education authorities can see it as an instrument providing important guidance in setting curricular goals.

For more information and the whole guide see: eng online.pdf

Additional a guide:” Education for sustainable development at secondary level:

- Justifications, competencies,learning opportunities” is available under: competences engl online.pdf

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