The Global Action Programme (GAP) on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) is seeking to strengthen sustainability-oriented employability skills in order to secure the survival of our planet. BIBB will be participating by conducting pilot projects in vocational education and training.
BIBB’s new main pilot project funding focus “Vocational education and training for sustainable development 2015–2019” puts the goals of the GAP at the heart of future pilot project work.
Sustainable work and economic activity secure the natural foundations of life for the coming generations. This requires a new way of thinking and acting within the area of vocational work. Vocational education and training for sustainable development promotes the necessary competencies in this regard. The aim is for ESD to be integrated into the regular system within the scope of updating procedures for occupational profiles. To this end, endeavours will be made to establish sustainable development as a firm component of curricula, teaching plans and training regulations. VET stakeholders are to be provided with instruments for this purpose. The plan is that the results which emerge from the main pilot project funding focus of “Vocational education and training for sustainable development” to be systematically transferred to further structures, areas, branches and occupations within the framework of the GAP.
The global issues and problems of the future, such as climate change, water scarcity, loss of biodiversity, soil degeneration and shortages of raw materials, urgently demand solutions. Ecological and economic challenges, social aspects such as equal opportunities, and the issue of quality of life will be of crucial significance to the following generations. Education is the key to developing the sustainable thinking and action needed and to instigating changes in trade and industry and in the world of work.
The United Nations have decided that the UN Decade “Education for Sustainable Development” 2005–2014 will be followed by a five-year Global Action Programme (GAP). The GAP was officially launched at the UNESCO World Conference that took place in Nagoya, Japan, on 12 November 2014.
The 2014 UNESCO Roadmap defines five priority areas for the Global Action Programme:
A National Action Plan for the implementation of the Global Action Programme in Germany will be drawn up under the lead management of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).