ESD Awards in Germany

The German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and the German Commission for UNESCO honour formal and non-formal places of learning, local communities and networks which implement ESD in high quality.

The German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and the German Commission for UNESCO honour formal and non-formal places of learning, local communities and networks which implement ESD in high quality. In July 2016, Germany's Federal Minister of Education and the President of the German Commission for UNESCO honoured the first 65 laureates at the Agenda Congress, Germany's main nationwide conference on ESD in Berlin. The initiatives illustrate how sustainability can be mainstreamed into the structures of the German education system.

The awards are a contribution to the UNESCO Global Action Programme (GAP) on ESD and the 2030 Agenda.

Objectives

Highlighting examples of good practice, the awards seek to increase visibility of ESD and to provide an incentive for further development, thereby promoting the structural implementation of ESD in German education systems. The awards also aim at fostering innovation, creativity and networking for ESD.  

The awards are comprised of three categories (formal and non-formal places of learning, local communities and networks) and three levels with increasing demands.

Applicants of each category are expected to

• have ESD as their guiding principle, mainstreaming sustainability into all aspects of the learning environment

• address all three (economical, ecological and social) dimensions of sustainability

• apply a participative educational approach which generates competencies for ESD

• relate their work to the goals of the GAP and the 2030 Agenda

• prominently present their ESD work on their website.

Award criteria

The applications will be assessed with regard to the following areas: governance, monitoring/evaluation, youth engagement, curriculum/teaching and learning, training and capacity building, facilities and operations, innovation and partnership as well as communication.

The jury consists of members of the National Platform on ESD, the BMBF, the Freie Universität Berlin and the German Commission for UNESCO.