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GREEN LEARNING FOR THE NEW CENTURY - GOVERNMENT RECEIVES THINK TANK BLUEPRINT

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A visionary programme for education for sustainable development in England has been launched by the government spon...
A visionary programme for education for sustainable development in England has been launched by the government sponsored Sustainable Development Education Panel at the Natural History Museum. The deputy prime minister has encouraged all learning organisations in the sector to give serious consideration to the panel's work.

The report sets out a ten year programme for education for sustainable development in schools, youth services, further and higher education, the world of work, and in the home.

Key recommendations include:

* All children to have an entitlement to education for sustainable development, ensured through National Curriculum requirements, the school inspection framework and initial and in-service teacher training;

* Specific learning outcomes for education for sustainable development in the youth service

* Performance targets for the sustainable development impacts of higher and further education institutions, set and monitored by the Funding Councils

* An Investors in Sustainable Development initiative in the workplace

* A benchmark survey of how well people understand the need for sustainable living and can practice it

Launching the report, the panel's chairman, Geoffrey Holland, said:

'We set our ambitious and challenging ten year programme, to focus on how much can be achieved within a decade. There is very little that cannot be done where those involved are committed to working together.

'We have made recommendations for schools, youth work, colleges and universities and the world of work. Our next task is to disseminate the report widely among stakeholders and discuss with them how this vision can become a realty.'

Deputy prime minister John Prescott said:

'We have placed sustainable development at the heart of the government's agenda. We all need to learn how we can be full citizens

in the new millennium - how we can live our lives more sustainably at work, at home, and in our leisure time. The panel have put in an impressive amount of work over the past year. We in government will

be considering their proposals and recommendations in detail over the coming months. I would encourage all those other organisations who are the subject of the report's recommendations to look closely at them, and to consider what contribution they can make.'

Charles Clarke, schools minister and the department for education and employment's green minister, added:

'The report is a significant contribution to the debate on education and training about the environment and sustainable development. David Blunkett and I are thoroughly committed to the task of raising public awareness of these issues and we will to do all we can to encourage purposeful activity. I intend to take a personal interest in taking this forward, and I will be discussing with Geoffrey Holland how best to do this.'

NOTES

For information about the panel, its members and its remit, please contact Development Education Panel Secretariat, Zone 6/G9, Ashdown House, 123 Victoria Street, London SW1E 0DE Phone 0171 890 6654 Fax: 0171 890 6659 e-MAIL: victoria_ akeredolu@detr.gsi.gov.uk

FIRST ANNUAL REPORT

The full text is available on the DETR website at http://www.environment.detr.gov.uk/ sustainable/educpanel/index.htm Single hard copies are available from the above contact address.

DFEE PUBLIC ENQUIRIES: 0171 925 5555

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