Sustainable Development and Global Citizenship Education: Challenging Imperatives



This chapter is essential reading for understanding the origins and evolution of the much debated and misunderstood concept ‘sustainable development’. It argues that achieving sustainable development requires balancing of economic, environmental and social goals, highlights the lack of international consensus and commitment on these issues, and asserts that global citizenship education is critical for achieving sustainable development, noting that both areas struggle to find a place in the school curriculum. It concludes by arguing that the increasing global inequalities require governments to take a stronger role in promoting education for sustainable development and global citizenship, and achieving Sustainable Development Goals.


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  1. 1.RMIT UniversityMelbourneAustralia

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