Earth Charter Education Center

The Earth Charter Center for Education for Sustainable Development, located at the University for Peace campus, was created to forge new paths in education for sustainable development, global citizenship education, and emerging leadership paradigms. The Center offers a variety of capacity building opportunities (executive programmes, online certificate programmes and workshops) which place special emphasis on the importance of the values and principles of sustainability in processes of learning and decision-making.

The Center coordinates a UNESCO Chair on Education for Sustainable Development with the Earth Charter with the aim of implementing educational programmes and research activities in the field of education for sustainable development specifically on the intersection of sustainability, ethics and education. The ultimate purpose of these efforts is to build the capacity of educators to incorporate the “knowledge, values, and skills needed for a sustainable way of life” in schools, colleges, and higher education, as well as in non-formal education.

Objectives of the Center and the UNESCO Chair are to:

  • Undertake research and develop resource materials and training opportunities for educators and policymakers on education for sustainable development;

  • Collaborate with universities and other education and research centers in processes to incorporate values inherent in sustainable development into all aspects of learning;

  • Offer training programmes and workshops for various groups on global ethics and sustainability.

  • Offer hands-on training on tools for ethics-based evaluation processes based on the Earth Charter;

  • Facilitate partnerships and knowledge sharing among stakeholders in education for sustainable development;

  • Collect and develop best practice narratives and case studies on ESD that highlight the use of the Earth Charter in educational settings.

The Earth Charter Education Center facility is a modern LEED Silver certified building, which follows standards for sustainable construction. For more Information please visit the Earth Charter's official website.