The United Nations program Education for sustainable development defined education for sustainable development as an education that encourages changes in knowledge, skills, values and attitudes to enable a more sustainable and just society for all. The program aimed to empower and equip current and future generations to meet their needs using a balanced and integrated approach to the economic, social and environmental dimensions of sustainable development. 

Some key-factors for education for sustainable development was defined at the International consultation on education for sustainable development Learning to change our world

  • The education must become more cross-disciplinary and teachers from different disciplines must learn to cooperate better. 
  • Teachers need to be trained in education for sustainable development
  • Learning for sustainable development must not shy away from contradictions and complexity. 
  • Education for sustainable development must be integrated into curricula, not as a new subject but as new perspective and quality in all education 

Learning to change our world, International consultation on ESD (SOU 2004:104)

Storyline as a cross-curricular approach will during this project be tried to see if it can help students and teachers to develop knowledge, skills, values and attitudes. 

Arjen Wals is a Professor of Transformative Learning for Socio-Ecological Sustainability at Wageningen University in The Netherlands. He also holds the UNESCO Chair of Social Learning and Sustainable Development. 

Leif Strandberg is a licensed psychologist and was one of the key-note-speakers at the nordic Storyline Conference in Gothenburg in 2008. This lecture, about how you can implement the findings of Vygotskij in school practice, is from that event.