Action for Sustainability is a new educational movement focusing on creativity and sustainability as ways to motivate and empower the next generation to become change makers in their own lives – and for their surroundings and the world at large. The UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are used as a meaningful framework and ‘design thinking’ as the explorative learning method.

Action for Sustainability provides interdisciplinary teams of educators with a creative, structured and facilitated space to develop, perform, document and disseminate new learning projects, where the students create innovative solutions for the world while learning. The participating teams go through an innovative learning process themselves, strengthening their competences to facilitate open-ended, creative and student-centred learning projects.

The Action for Sustainability learning projects are documented by the teachers and made available on this website so that others can upcycle and develop them further. We call it pedagogical sustainability to emphasize that sustainability is also about using and sharing the many resources and practices in schools in new and value-creating ways.

The overall ambition with Action for Sustainability is that all students in Primary and Secondary education get to work as change makers and experience the many ways they can contribute positively to the ‘greater good’ of the outside world. It forms them as human beings and strengthens their innovative competences, all the while bringing knowledge from the traditional school subjects into play in meaningful ways. Over time the students will master the entrepreneurial proces of acquiring, applying and creating new knowledge, while working with real world challenges.

Action for Sustainability started with 4 pioneering schools in Denmark in late 2018 and has since spread to schools in Greenland as well. Action for Sustainability supports an organizational transformation towards a more meaningful, creative and sustainable education for the students. In short, a school the students do not want to go home from.

In the years to come, Action for Sustainability will explore new ways – both online and offline – to develop and disseminate teaching practices and learning methods that will support the formation of the next generation as skilled and engaged change makers.

If you want to hear more about Action for Sustainability, you can contact Nicolai Seest on +45 40 89 89 02 / nicolai@andlearning.com.