The SUPPORT project- "Partnership and Participation for a Sustainable Tomorrow"
The overall objective of SUPPORT was to promote and enhance the quality of education for sustainable development (ESD). The project builds on experiences and outcomes of earlier projects in ENSI (Environment and School Initiatives), especially the SEED project (School Development through Environmental Education).
It may sound obvious to say that "education for sustainable development should help young people become lifelong learners and active and responsible citizens". But - to achive this, new kinds of educational frameworks are needed, which enable pupils to understand complex issues and provide them with opportunities to acquire relevant skills, reflect critically and develop their own values and attitudes regarding sustainable development. And although most educators as well as researchers in pedagogics and societal development may agree - it has proved very difficult to change our school systems.
The goals of SUPPORT were to generate and spread knowledge about how ESD can be effectively supported through cooperation with actors in the local community. Interaction and cooperation among key stakeholders and best practice exchange were the main themes at conferences, workshops, a Comenius mobility seminar, Comenius school partnership contact seminars, Arion visits, and the web-based school campaign "CO2nnect - CO2 on the way to school".
To read more about CO2nnect, go to "For schools and teachers" in the main menu, or to the CO2nnect website itself, www.CO2nnect.org .
The SUPPORT network consisted of 31 partners from 15 countries participating in EU's Lifelong Learning Programme and several additional associated memberorganisations from these and other countries.The countries represented were organizations from Australia, Austria, Belgium, China, Croatia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Korea (Republic of), Macedonia, Malaysia, the Netherlands, Norway, Romania, Russia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the UK.
Partners ranged from ministries of education to universities, research institutes and NGOs , all striving for a better understanding of ESD in the education sector. To see the list of organisations and their respective contact persons, go to the list of partners and members.
The project had financial support from the EU Comenius Lifelong Learning programme in 2007 - 2010.
Specific objectives of SUPPORT were to increase participation in science studies by making these more attractive, reduce the gender imbalance in science education and promote entrepreneurship by supporting a school culture of innovation and responsibility.
Outcomes of SUPPORT include
- trans-national comparative studies
- development of new teaching material and pedagogical approaches, such as guidelines for collaboration between schools, research institutions and the local community
- reports on network activities
- development of www.co2nnect.org and the existing educational website www.sustain.no
- quality criteria for use of ICT in ESD