German National Action Plan

GAP implementation structures in Germany

The German Federal Ministry of Education and Research convenes a National Platform and advisory bodies in order to drive forward the implementation of the Global Action Programme on ESD in Germany: A scientific as well as an international adviser consult the work of the National Platform. Furthermore, six expert forums provide advice on ESD and the different levels of education. The expert forums cooperate with several partner networks, bringing together a wide group of stakeholders that are strong partners for action on the ground.

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Agenda Congress

The Agenda Congress is Germany's main nationwide conference on Education for Sustainable Development. The first Agenda Congress took place from 11. to 12. July 2016 in Berlin. It discussed the key parameters for the National Plan of Action.

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Youth

The phase of life between the ages of 15 and 25 marks the end of childhood and the beginning of adulthood. Vocational education and training or academic study, moving away from home, gaining financial independence having found our first job – this is the transitional period during which the paths of personal futures are paved. Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) empowers learners to take informed decisions and responsible actions for environmental integrity, economic viability and a just society, for present and future generations, while respecting cultural diversity.

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Monitoring

How well has ESD been integrated into Germany’s education sectors so far and how can the progress made be checked? To answer these questions, a monitoring programme was developed by Professor Dr. Gerhard de Haan and the Global Action Programme project team working at Institut Futur at Freie Universität Berlin.

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