What does it take to realise sustainable development? When analysing this question, stakeholders from civil society who are willing and able to act take a leading role. Article 36 of the action programme ‘Agenda 21’ adopted during the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) in Rio de Janeiro in 1992, already mentions education as a key factor on the path to greater sustainability. Education institutions, particularly schools, and their teaching staff are instrumental when it comes to creating the conditions under which competences and attitudes necessary for a sustainable development can be fostered.
The Sino-German research project on environmental education aims at imparting sustainability-related competencies to both teachers and pupils at primary schools by developing and implementing ten modules in Chinese primary schools in selected provinces. The teacher education centres for Shanghai and Zhejiang province and staff from 19 pilot primary schools from both regions as well as from schools in the provinces of Yunnan, Xinjiang und Qinghai are involved in the putting these modules together.
The project is funded by Hanns Seidel Foundation; Passau’s Chair of Education/Primary and Pre-Primary Education has been charged with the academic supervision and evaluation of the module development. The project will run for a period of three years (2015–17).