PEERMENTORING IN EDUCATION FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT RECOGNITION AND VALIDATION OF A NEW COMPETENCE
This Guide was produced as part of an Erasmus + project with the Acronym of PEERMENT. The project partners are:
- Centre for Environmental Education and Research - University of Malta (Malta)
- Solski Center Nova Gorica (Slovenia)
- Comité National de Solidarité Laïque (France)
- Consorzio degli Istituti Professionali (Italy)
- Udruga za rad s mladima Breza (Croatia);
- ProgettoMondo Mlal Onlus (Italy).
Teachers can easily feel under pressure when confronted with their duty to transmit to young people the necessary competencies to face the challenges of this complex and globalized world. This feeling of loneliness facing such a huge responsibility can sometimes feel overwhelming. A single teacher, left alone with the challenge, can often be tempted by the idea of surrendering. PEERMENT’s goal is to avoid this surrender by developing and supporting teachers’ need to integrate in their curriculum the necessary knowledge about Education for Sustainable Development, with an approach that fosters collaboration and sharing with other colleagues. it proposes to achieve those competencies through the participation in Local Teacher’s PEERMENT Groups. Working in small groups gives the teachers the possibility to create trustable relationships with their peers and to find a support group, where competences and burdens can be shared and lightened. PEERMENT’s support structure allows teachers to be more confident and effective in the communication of a sustainable way of thinking to their students. Local Teacher’s PEERMENT Groups join resources and knowledge to produce WebQuests, which are considered to be a very reliable tool in ESD due to their interdisciplinarity and to the active role that the students, guided by the teachers, play in gaining new knowledge.