Sustainability Framework for School Self-Assessment “Jump into Sustainable Lifestyle”
“Sustainability Framework for School Self-Assessment “Jump into Sustainable Lifestyle” is Erasmus+ strategic partnership project for school education (Grant Agreement Number: 2020-1-LT01-KA201-078081).
Global problems such as climate change, poverty, fresh water scarcity, waste, health problems are becoming critical and continue to put pressure on our societies. These complex global problems put all of us in front of new challenges and require fundamental changes in what has to be learned and how that learning is to happen.
Multiple sources of evidence show that being a sustainable school raises standards and enhances young people’s well-being. The research evidence supports the idea that this is because sustainable schools engage young people in their learning so improving motivation and behaviour, promote healthy school environments and lifestyles. In addition, sustainable school’s advance community cohesion by making valuable connections between the school, parents and carers and the wider community.
Researches say that the evaluation system of the schools is the main instrument to increase transparency, social disclosure and to increase the managerial culture, also can play as a tool to build a path to sustainable development. Even though there are numerous tools assessing ecological footprint, mostly they reflect only one aspect of sustainability. Not only project countries but the whole of Europe is lacking holistic, easy to use and effective methods and tools to evaluate schools’ sustainability and identify areas for improvement.
The goal of this project is to provide a clear and compelling offer of support to schools in the project countries, in order to help and encourage them to put sustainability at the heart of what they do.
The objectives are:
- Together with partner organizations to develop a holistic sustainability framework for school self-evaluation “Jump into Sustainable Lifestyle”, an evaluation method to assess their impact on the environment, economy and community embedded on a digital platform.
- To raise awareness, to induce debates and empower teachers and pupils with new instructional strategies that enable them to be change agents in today’s complex world.
Our final target audience is upper secondary school pupils aged 15 to 19. With this project we will address their need to study in a fully sustainable environment in order to gain knowledge across multiple disciplines, increase environmentally friendly behavior, develop skills as critical thinking and problem solving, creativity and etc.
We will also target the whole school community, school administration, teachers, parents and carers, educational NGO’s.
At the completion of the project we expect at least 150 schools using the sustainability framework for school self-assessment as a tool for evaluation.
The project reflects the horizontal priority Environmental and Climate Goals and Innovative Practices in a Digital Era.
This document has been produced with the assistance of the European Union. The contents of this document are the sole responsibility of the project partners and can in no way be taken to reflect the views of the European Union.