Each of the Institute’s founding members has expertise and experience in formal, non-formal and informal education (read as: education and training) The Institute’s vision on education can best be illustrated in these few paragraphs by one the founding members:

With sustainable development it’s usually always about ‘wicked problems’, complex problems whereby many stakeholders, often with opposing interests, are involved and where there is talk of uncertainty. It is about the interaction between ecological, geological, economic, political, social and cultural systems, and about interaction between scale levels locally and globally, and the interaction between various social and cultural perspectives. These demand a transitional process, ground-breaking, new solutions and fundamental changes in the fields of technology and institutional and social arrangements. Incremental optimisation within the existing frameworks is not enough. It requires lots of new knowledge and a ‘lifetime of learning’ for everyone….

Education for sustainable development means education where attention is given to sustainable development. This type of education is very important for the process of raising awareness that we will all need to learn to keep the Earth liveable. Education for sustainable development means education that is not only focused on that awareness but also on evolving individual talents so that contributions can be made to sustainable development based on personal talents and specialisms.

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Van Dam-Mieras R., (2012), Educatie voor duurzame ontwikkeling [Education for sustainable development], pp. 147-164 in Mazijn B. en Gouzée N., (2012), De samenleving in beweging. België op weg naar duurzame ontwikkeling? [The society in motion. Belgium towards sustainable development?] ASP Editions, Brussel, 2012, 208 pp.