Children and Sustainable Development

Ecological Education in a Globalized World

  • Antonio M. Battro
  • Pierre Léna
  • Marcelo Sánchez Sorondo
  • Joachim von Braun

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Environment, Climate and Education

  3. How Could Education Evolve in a Diversity of Contexts?

  4. Children, Students and Teachers

  5. The Voice of Children and Teenagers on Sustainability and Climate Change

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 335-335
    2. Antonio M. Battro, Pierre Léna, Marcelo Sánchez Sorondo, Joachim von Braun
      Pages 337-360
    3. Antonio M. Battro, Pierre Léna, Marcelo Sánchez Sorondo, Joachim von Braun
      Pages 361-362
  6. Values and Perspectives

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 363-363
    2. Manzoor Hussain Soomro, Saima Huma Tanveer
      Pages 385-396
    3. Marguerite Léna
      Pages 397-402
    4. Antonio M. Battro, Pierre Léna, Marcelo Sánchez Sorondo, Joachim von Braun
      Pages 403-409
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 421-433

About this book


This book addresses the changes in education practices, especially basic education, necessitated by the global challenges of climate change and sustainable development and in a context characterized by increasing poverty and inequality, migration and refugees. 

Written by a range of international scholars, scientists and grassroots practitioners from Africa, Latin America, Asia (India, China, Malaysia) and Europe, the individual contributions focus on education policies and child development in various social contexts. Case-based experiences from both developed and developing countries provide inspiration and shed new light on the fundamental changes needed to adapt existing school systems and teacher training to face the challenges of the future. In this regard, the need to empower children themselves is emphasized.

All contributions are based on a Workshop hosted in November 2015 by the Pontifical Academy of Sciences at the Vatican entitled “Children and Sustainable Development: A Challenge for Education” and follow three other significant events on sustainable development in 2015, namely the publication of Laudato Si’, the Encyclical Letter from Pope Francis, the release of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, and the COP21 Conference in Paris. 



Climate Change Education Education Resources Harnessing COP21 Teacher Training Children Empowerment Child Development

Editors and affiliations

  • Antonio M. Battro
    • 1
  • Pierre Léna
    • 2
  • Marcelo Sánchez Sorondo
    • 3
  • Joachim von Braun
    • 4
  1. 1.Academia Nacional de EducaciónBuenos AiresArgentina
  2. 2.Université Paris DiderotParisFrance
  3. 3.The Pontifical Academy of SciencesVatican CityHoly See (Vatican City State)
  4. 4.Center for Development ResearchUniversity of BonnBonnGermany

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