Teachers are adult learners and their professional development is a form of adult education, which shifts the focus of professional development to the needs of teachers and the different contexts in which they learn and teach (King & Lawler, 2003). One need of teachers is that to build their capacity in Education for Sustainable Development (ESD). According to UNESCO, as powerful agents of change in the educational response to sustainable development, educators and trainers must first acquire the necessary knowledge, skills, values, motivation and commitment to introduce ESD into teaching and institutions, make education relevant and responsive to today’s global challenges and help society in general transition to sustainability.
One tried and tested model to build the capacity of educators and trainers is through peer-mentoring in ESD, as attested through the Erasmus+ funded project PEERMENT (see: peerment.eu). Following on the success of PEERMENT, this group is to support the teachers’ need to integrate in their curriculum the necessary knowledge about ESD, with an approach that fosters collaboration and sharing with other colleagues.
This online community of practice gives teachers and educators the possibility to create trustable relationships with their peers and to find a support group, where competences and burdens can be shared and lightened. It ultimately aims to allow teachers and educators to be more confident and effective in the communication of a sustainable way of thinking to their students.
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