During does not have any experience when growing up

During this
report I am going to discuss in depth how Education for Sustainable development
can support young children and their families.                                                                   Education for sustainable development is defined as the
process of equipping researchers and the students with greater knowledge and
understanding, skills and attributes needed to work and also live in a way that
safeguards the environmental, social and economic wellbeing, both in the
present more importantly for future generations. Tilbury, D and Ryan, A (2013)                                                                                                            Furthermore I am going
to consider how the children’s environment influences each of their lives.  In December 2017 I visited Calerstones Park
within the Park I visited The Story Barn which is a child friendly social space.
The Storybarn is a fully inclusive
experience as each child socially engages within the story telling which gives
the child the opportunity to express feelings and their understanding of the
story telling.                                                          Throughout the report I
will be going into more in depth detail about the methods used in the story
barn and whether these are beneficial to the child so that they can understand
and be aware of their sustainable development. Furthermore, towards the end of
the report I will discuss any alternative and ethical considerations which I
have come across during my findings and my understanding of the sustainable environment.

Review Of Literature

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“Sustainable
development is development that meets the needs of the present without
compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.” (Our
Common Future,1987, p.43) Education for sustainable development should begin
very early in the children’s lives. This is because in the Early childhood
period children develop their basic values, attitudes, skills, behaviours and
habits, which may have a long-lasting effect in their future.     If the young child does not have any
experience when growing up it will affect them as they get older. As they child
will not value and respect these vital life skills which are primarily
discovered through the concept of sustainable development.                                              Education for sustainable development aims to
ensure that inclusive and equitable quality education promotes lifelong
learning opportunities which will be available to all children and their
families. (Cassen, 1987) These learning opportunities will widen the children’s
learning and development which will enable them to become more aware in the
future. Furthermore, the children can then take this opportunity and educate
others such as their friends or even their children when they are older. This
will enable a positive effect in the future for the next generations.                                                                                        Studies
show that most people think about sustainability as related to concerns about
the environment. They focus on the neglected role of young children’s place in
discourses of sustainability. However, the goal for sustainable development is
that it proposes that all children should have opportunities, so they can
participate in high-quality early childhood education (ECE). Such a goal has
received strong support in international agreements and speci?cally in the
Sustainable Development Goals to be achieved across the next 15 years. Siraj-Blatchford,.
(2009, p10)

 

Literature review (continued)

Education for
Sustainable Development has its roots in the history of two distinct areas of
interest of the United Nations which are education and sustainable development.
Education for Sustainable Development integrates the values inherent in
sustainable development into all aspects of learning (World Declaration on
Education for All,1990)                                              
Education for Sustainable Development concerns all levels of education and all
social contexts such as family school and community. It also allows learners to
acquire the skills, capacities, values and knowledge required to ensure
sustainable development which is vital to the young child as they get older and
understand their surroundings. Furthermore, in relation to the child Education
and Sustainable Development will provide each child with essential learning
tools and content to allow them to survive and to develop to their full
capacities. Lastly the child will be fully engaged development. This will
result in better quality lives and help them to make informed decisions while
continuing to learn.                                               The environmental pillar, the social
and cultural pillar and the economic pillar are the three main pillars in Education
for Sustainable Development. All tree of these pillars are interconnected. Siraj-Blatchford,
Smith and Pramling Samuelsson (2010: 6) ‘
we need to develop in young children a more critical appreciation of many of
the most advanced projects of science and technology’.                                                                                                             Taking
these pillars into consideration during a child development in critical during their
growing up experience. It gives the child a wider range of skills and abilities
when exploring their surrounding environments which relates to the Calerstones Park
in which I visited in December 2017.