Sustainability in the Learning Program


May, 2016 – United World College South East Asia, Singapore

How do we educate for a better world?

As part of a Masters Program in Administration and Curriculum through the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee, this project explores the justification and need for Education of Sustainability (EfS) in education today and then analyzes the existing degree of EfS happening in the learning program at United World College South East Asia.   Linked here is the complete paper exposing the impact of EfS on student learning, existing routes to implementation and the imperative of action.  Below is one excerpt.  Only have 7 minutes?  Watch the summary video.

Many believe we now have the opportunity to redefine a new purpose for education.  One that is forward thinking and able to produce informed, responsive, and motivated citizens engaged in shaping a more sustainable future for all.  To do so requires also reshaping the way we teach and learn as well as our responsibility to the values that will drive society.  

We need to cultivate thinking that comprehends complex systems, perspectives that widen empathy and nurture mindfulness, better techniques for gathering and sharing information, and new modes of cooperation. The only long-term strategy that makes sense in our changing world is education. (Goleman, 2009; as cited in Stone, 2009, p. ii)

Education sits at the crux of a shifting culture toward inclusivity, cooperation, and improved quality of life for all.  The dire need is there for a bold transformation of the underlying structures and motivations in educational institutions.”