Gaia Education -
At the cutting edge of Sustainability Education
Gaia Education promotes a holistic systems approach to education for sustainable development by:
- developing curricula to empower change makers with inner and outer skills to redesign human presence in a sustainable world.
- facilitating the delivery of transformative learning programmes in response to emerging needs
- disseminating grass-roots wisdom through learning communities.
Gaia Education’s Design for Sustainability curriculum integrates the social, ecological, economic and worldview dimensions of sustainability, providing an education which is universal in scope and local in application.
Gaia Education offers state-of-the-art study guides, training manuals, books, webinars, presentations and a quarterly newsletter to facilitate the delivery of on-line and on-site transformational learning opportunities for community development.
Since 2006, Gaia Education has successfully supported the delivery of more than 190 programmes in 34 countries over 6 continents, reaching thousands of people. Its programmes have been offered in settings ranging from tribal women and traditional communities to children and youth, ecovillages, urban slums, universities and resilience training centers.
Gaia Education works in partnership with global educators, government and nongovernment agencies, ecovillages, universities, and the United Nations to bring sustainable development solutions to communities and ecosystems everywhere.
Gaia Education’s flagship curriculum is an official contribution to the UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development.
Video presentation Gaia Education: http://youtu.be/ZrZzBFUXnFY
Gaia Education´s programmes:
Ecovillage Design Education (EDE)
Eco village Design Education are onsite programmes taking place in sustainable communities and training centers where local citizens live what they learn. We call this concept “Living and Learning” - teaching theoretical material applied in local fieldwork, exercises, games and projectbased learning.
Sustainability Education Online (GEDS)
The distance learning courses Gaia Education Design for Sustainability are offered in English, Spanish and Portuguese. The GEDS programme aims to create a pool of competent, informed Sustainability Design practitioners with the digital literacy needed to work in teams across geographic boundaries.
These graduates will have the tools, skills and knowledge necessary to participate in a community/organization transitioning context. The GEDS is action-oriented and solution-based and is meant to respond to the needs of real people in real circumstances in a rapidly changing world
Gaia Education’s Publications:
The Gaia Education Design for Sustainability Curriculum has a wide range of practical application and is full of innovative materials, ideas and tools that have been developed and tested in ecovillages, communities, and urban transition settings worldwide. Its available for free in 7 different languages. Download the Design Curriculum here.
The 4-Keys are four comprehensive books, available in English & Spanish offering an overview of cutting-edge thinking on design for sustainability at local, regional and global scales. Under UNESCO Patronage, the books offer widely applicable solutions to the complex problems of climate change, resources scarcity, carbon reduction and community resilience. More information here.
Beyond You and Me- Inspiration and Wisdom for Building Community
Editors: Anja Kosha Joubert and Robin Alfred
Gaian Economics - Living well within planetary limits.
Editors: Jonathan Dawson, Helena Norberg-Hodge and Ross Jackson
Designing Ecological Habitats - Creating a Sense of Place
Editors: Chris Mare and Max Lindegger.
The Song of the Earth- A Synthesis of the Scientific and Spiritual Worldviews
Editors: William Keepin and Maddy Harland
The Teacher´s Guide - Design for Sustainability & Gaia Youth Activities Guide are practical manuals for teachers, ecovillage and community design educators and facilitators who are conducting courses on the broad transitioning agenda. Therefore, these manual cover theoretical knowledge and practical activities arranged around the 4 dimensions of sustainability, making learning comprehensive, practical and fun. More information here.
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