At the beginning of May 2022, our project “Education and Sustainability” was invited, together with 50 experts from 20 countries, to a seminar organized by the Salzburg Global Seminar. This non-profit and independent entity was founded in 1947 with the aim of bringing together current and future leaders to transform contemporary systems – including education – and help build a better world.

Under the inspiring title of “Education for the world of tomorrow”, the seminar addressed the new challenges and opportunities of education, including its integration into the 2030 Agenda, giving rise to strategic recommendations and practical projects to recalibrate and reform current systems.

We urgently need to reconsider the way in which educational systems can be transformed to give shape to a new, more holistic concept of education that integrates an ecological dimension.

Organized into thematic panels, debates, practical workshops and group work, for four days we were able to delve into the essential elements that must be changed, and what actors must be part of this process. Among the participants were some of the international references in the field of education, such as Teach for All, the Lego Foundation or the Social Emotional and Ethical Learning (SEEL), initiatives linked to the SDGs such as The World’s Largest Lesson or inspiring cases of transformation in their territories such as Enseña Perú or Dream a Dream in India. As a result of this joint work, the group has published a declaration that has been taken to various international education forums, and we will continue online advancing on the center lines that were started here.

It has been a wonderful experience and a privilege to be part of this conversation in an environment as amazing as the Hotel Schloss Leopoldskron. We want to thank the organization of the Salzburg Global Seminar and especially its director, Dominic Regester, and coordinator Corinna Nawatzky for their attention,generosity, and professionalism. We are very proud to become part of the Salzburg Global Seminar family.

If you want to know more about this and other programs or how to participate, you can check it out here.

Credits: Salzburg Global Seminar/Katrin Kerschbaumer