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The Charter for Education of Sustainable Development (Charte 'Éducation au développement durable' [EDD]) is a key initiative to raise awareness about global issues by promoting global education. The charter defines objectives and quality criteria for educational activities in the field of sustainable development in formal, non-formal or informal education. The public and non-public institutions that have adopted the charter commit to orienting their offers in accordance with the defined objectives and quality criteria. The web page bne.lu, launched in 2012, includes information on Education of Sustainable Development. The website is operated by the Collaborative Circle of NGOs in the Field of Development (Cercle de coopération des ONG de développement). It aims at conferring better visibility to NGOs, giving them the possibility to present their educational activities in a database. The website also serves as a platform of information and exchange between community life, educational community, young people and the general public. It offers an overview of existing governmental and non-governmental organisations active in the domains of education related to environment, development, citizenship promoting solidarity economy or world citizenship. Within the framework of the UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development 2005-2014, a National Strategy of Education of Sustainable Development has been published in 2011 by the Luxembourg government. This national strategy aims at:
- Creating networks between the actors
- Fostering their cooperation
- Integrating education of sustainable development into the school system (at all levels and in all educational settings, formal and non-formal)
- Installing a monitoring and evaluation system of the implementation of the strategy
- Integrating the strategy on a political and administrative level.
According to the national strategy, education of sustainable development should be integrated into the initial training of teaching and educational staff, as well as into their on-going training, with a view to having these important multipliers acquire the competences requested.
The strategy aims at fostering global education. Education of sustainable development is understood as the teaching of values: respect for others, of actual and future generations, respect of difference and diversity, of the environment and natural resources of our common planet.
As mentioned above, the national strategy on sustainable development aims at including sustainable development education into the initial and continuous training of teachers and educational staff for them to acquire the necessary competences to disseminate the message.
However, to date, global issues are not compulsory in school curricula of upper-secondary level education and are only dealt with occasionally in secondary schools, in the framework of school projects (projet d'établissement). Some schools have chosen to focus on environment and sustainable development issues in their projects. These concerns come far behind other fields such as transversal competences and interdisciplinarity, vocational guidance, opening to the outside world, internal communication, etc.
Other providers for pupils or school classes aiming at increasing the awareness on global issues include:
- Ecological centres (Centre de découverte de la forêt 'Burfelt' in Insenborn, Centre d'accueil 'Ellergronn' in Esch/Alzette, Centre d'accueil 'A Wiewesch' in Manternach, Centre d'accueil 'Mirador' in Steinfort) offer activities for school classes (provided and funded by the ministry of Sustainable Development and Infrastructures)
- Regional infrastructures providing opportunities for teachers to organise activities with their classes in the framework of 'green classrooms' (Classes vertes) (e.g. the House of Nature [Centre de protection de la nature 'Haus vun der Natur'], operated by natur & ëmwelt in cooperation with the City of Luxembourg; the Nature School Lasauvage (Naturschoul Lasauvage), operated by the municipality of Differdange or the Natural Park of Our (Naturpark Our), operated by the municipalities Clervaux, Kiischpelt, Parc Hosingen, Putscheid, Tandel, Troisvierges and Vianden)
The Youth Centre in Hollenfels (Centre de jeunesse Hollenfels), operated by the National Youth Service, focuses on non-formal education in sustainable development. The centre offers activities and training programmes for teachers and school classes as well as for other interested groups. Working methods of the centre are characterised by an active, cooperative and participative approach.
The Luxembourgish Scouts Movement is another important provider of non-formal education, especially on environmental issues.
- The FNEL Scout organisation (Fédération nationale des éclaireurs et éclaireuses du Luxembourg) operates a youth training centre (Centre de formation jeunes 'Misärshaff'), which has received the environment label (Scout Centre of Excellence for Nature and Environment, SCENES) of the World Organisation of the Scout Movement. This means that the centre is committed to protecting the environment and promoting environmental understanding
- The LGS Scout organisation (LGS; Lëtzebuerger Guiden a Scouten) is also in charge of a SCENES youth training centre where it offers different training programmes and activities on environmental issues (Centre de formation et d'animation 'Neihaischen').
The Climate Alliance of Luxembourg (Klima-Bündnis Lëtzebuerg), coordinated by two NGOs, Ecological Movement (Mouvement écologique) and Solidarity Third World (astm; Action solidarité Tiers Monde), combines environmental and educational work with policy and with the support of solidarity projects in the southern regions of the world. Its objective is to achieve an integrated environmental and development policy. Climate Alliance contributes to awareness-raising in children and young people by offering various events and supplies, for instance: exhibitions, adventure bags, campaigns, teaching materials and workshops.
Another initiative is the Centre for Ecological Learning Luxembourg (CELL), founded in 2010 and launched in 2011. This non-profit organisation creates a space for experiencing lifestyles with a low impact on environment and for learning the skills that enable to live in post-carbon communities.
There is a large variety of activities available for teaching and educational staff. A compilation of actors in the field of education of sustainable development (Recueil des acteurs de l'Éducation au Développement Durable) provides an overview of the existing educational offers. Proposed by various NGOs and focusing on different topics, the activities presented in this compilation specifically address secondary school teachers.
Solidarity Third World (astm; Action solidarité Tiers Monde) is the main provider of activities concerning development education for young people but also for educators working with young people (e.g. in schools, youth centres).
A documentation centre on development cooperation (CITIM; Centre d'information Tiers Monde), operated by astm, offers instructional materials for educators and organises workshops in order to sensitise children and young people on global citizenship (see: Pedagogical offers on global learning). It is funded by the state's budget and donations.
The documentation centre on development cooperation (CITIM; Centre d'information Tiers Monde) offers various workshops and training programmes that aim at informing young people about global issues.
In 2019, the first edition of the fair on sustainable development education took place. It was organised in joint collaboration by the ministry of Education, Children and Youth and the ministry of the Environment, Climate and Sustainable Development. The fair aims at bringing together government departments, schools and NGOs to present their offers of activities and educational materials on sustainable development. Furthermore, it offers opportunities for networking; it brings stakeholders in the sector into contact with teachers, educational staff and other multipliers.
The website www.bne.lu aims at conferring a better visibility to NGOs. It gives them the opportunity to present their educational activities in a well-structured database which lists all governmental and non-governmental organisations active in the following domains: environmental education, development education, citizenship education promoting solidarity economy or world citizenship (bne.lu/organisations). The website also provides an overview of activities offered by the different organisations (bne.lu/activites).
The Collaborative Circle of NGOs in the Field of Development (Cercle de coopération des ONG de développement) publishes a list of NGOs active in development education in Luxembourg. It provides information on their activities and on opportunities to take part in voluntary activities.
The Voluntary Agency (Portail du Bénévolat) provides information and sensitises pupils and their teachers on volunteering opportunities in different fields of sustainable development action.
The initiative 'fair politics' is coordinated by the Collaborative Circle of NGOs in the Field of Development (Cercle de coopération des ONG de développement). The website provides information about human rights and different issues on development aid policy (e.g. migration, agriculture, climate policy, tax justice). The 'Collective Tax Justice Luxembourg' was initiated following the Luxleaks revelations. The collective brings together citizens calling for a public debate that questions the usefulness, legitimacy and qualities of the abusive exploitation of aggressive tax planning in Luxembourg. Beyond questions of tax policy, the collective also intends to tackle the issue of the excessive dependency of Luxembourg's economy on the financial sector, as well as the impact of the financial centre on real estate speculation, the competitiveness of small- and medium-sized enterprises and income inequality. The government published a leaflet (S'engager avec la Coopération au développement et de l'Action humanitaire) containing information on the opportunities available for young people to participate in humanitarian aid and international solidarity projects.