We’ve got issues. Issues with food. Every day 800 million people go to bed hungry.
Some of these issues, and how to encourage the next generation to become responsible global citizens, were addressed at the EAThink 2015 National Seminar for Teachers taking place at Dar L-Ewropa in Valletta on the 21st of November.
Just shy of 50 educators and Ministry of Education representatives attended this seminar to discuss the Sustainable Development Goals in the classroom, what resources teachers can use, and the progress of the EAThink 2015 project in Malta and abroad.
The benefits of the project, running for the past three years, have been numerous, as could be seen by eager teachers presenting their involvement in different project activities.
This ranged from the implementation of the Global Learning Units, designed by Maltese teachers for teachers and reviewed by experts from the Department for Curriculum Management, to organic school gardens and even a teachers’ visit to Senegal.
Mr Heathcliff Schembri, an educator, commented that ‘Home exposure might be different than what children learn at school. The children start to promote waste separation, food sustainability and seasonality so what they learn at school often has a profound effect at home.’
Educators taking part to the seminar could choose between three working groups, looking into different issues related to Education for Sustainable Development:
- Global Education in Malta: what tools and methodologies are available?
- How to integrate the Sustainable Development Goals in the classroom?
- Holistic Education as a means to form Global Citizens
The outcomes highlighted the fact that teachers need continuous professional development on how to bring issues surrounding food and sustainable development into the classroom and, to achieve this, support is needed from government, civil society and schools, in order to shape a cross cutting approach.