Education for Sustainable Development (ESD)

Education for Sustainable Development (ESD)

Educación para el Desarrollo Sostenible (EDS)

2008: OMEP begins to develop global projects on Education for Sustainability (ESD) for early childhood.

2018: OMEP starts an ESD project in the Latin American Region, with the support of the Arcor Foundation.

The main initiatives are described below:

1- OMEP program of education for sustainable development

The program began in 2008 within the framework of the Decade on Sustainable Development promoted by UNESCO with the support of the University of Gothenburg.

General Objective: Increase awareness about ESD among OMEP members, young children and the field of early childhood education, considering a child-oriented perspective through the development of research and the elaboration of educational action projects.

Study 1: Children’s voice for sustainable development.

Study 2: Education for sustainable development in practice.

Study 3: Intergenerational dialogues on education for sustainable development.

Study 4: Equality for sustainability.

The number of OMEP ESD programs has bordered on 1,000 projects carried out in 45 countries on 6 continents (Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, North and South America) and involved an approximate number of 500,000 boys and girls, as well as as well as their families, educators and communities in general.

Read the article: Ingrid Engdahl, Early Childhood Education for Sustainability: The OMEP World Project. 

Download the document: 15 years ESD World Project 2008-2023

2- Resource Bank for Education for Sustainability.

The Resource Bank is an online database created in 2016, within the framework of UNESCO’s Global Action Program on ESD (GAP). Includes a variety of information based on research, policy and practice on Education for Sustainable Development

The database is intended for early childhood teachers, educators, parents and others who share our desire to teach children about sustainability and to capitalize on children’s potential to build healthy environments, viable economies and societies. equal and fair.

The main objectives of the Resource Bank are to gather and disseminate scientific and practical knowledge and provide resources that allow them to encourage inspiration and good intentions in actions that impact young children and, at the same time, capitalize on children’s abilities to contribute to a sustainable and peaceful world.

The database has recently migrated from the web page and currently the link to access it is:

3- ESD rating scale

The original OMEP ESD rating scale was created between 2011 and 2014 as part of a research project involving seven countries: Chile, China, England, Kenya, Korea, Sweden, and the United States. The scale exists in several languages.

A new edition of the rating scale was designed in 2019. It is used primarily as a ‘getting started tool’ to help teachers identify achievements and concerns in early childhood education and care, and to guide them through internal assessments and research projects.

ESD Rating Scale 2019 (2nd ed)

Self-Assessment and Group Assessment and Development Rubric – ESD OMEP Rating Scale


Self-Assessment and Group Assessment and Development Rubric – ESD OMEP Rating Scale

4- Annual prize competition education for sustainable development

Since 2010, OMEP World has sponsored a travel awards competition for outstanding ESD projects by OMEP members.

5- Annual prize competition education for sustainable development for undergraduate and master’s students

In 2019 OMEP started a student awards competition because we recognize today’s students as those who will be responsible for a sustainable future. OMEP invites all students to participate in this contest every year.

6- “My backyard is the world” Latin American Award for Education for Sustainable Development

The “My backyard is the world” Award is a joint initiative of OMEP -Regional Vice Presidency for Latin America and World Presidency- and ISA- Arcor Social Investment- Latin America.

This project, which has been carried out uninterruptedly since 2018, seeks the recognition of good practices in Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) carried out by institutions dedicated to early childhood care and education in Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile , Paraguay, Uruguay and Peru.

Objectives: give visibility to creative and innovative projects whose good practices contribute to the installation and/or improvement of ESD for early childhood; support the efforts and achievements of those teaching teams that develop ESD projects aimed at improving educational quality; and share the initiatives and knowledge built between teachers, communities and educational systems.

In 2021 the digital book was published: “My backyard is the world: proposals for education for sustainable early childhood development”.

7- OMEP webinars on ESD

OMEP has organized several webinars that are available on the organization’s YouTube page:

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