Encyclopedia of Sustainability in Higher Education

2019 Edition
| Editors: Walter Leal Filho

Challenges of Education for Sustainable Development at Regional Level

  • Dzintra IliškoEmail author
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-11352-0_5


Education for sustainable development aims at developing knowledge, skills, and behavior needed for a sustainable development of regions. All citizens are encouraged to be active citizens in resolving regional and global challenges, responding to diversity, and contributing to building a sustainable future (UNESCO 2014b).


Due to processes of globalization, many Eastern European countries are facing a number of serious socioeconomic issues, like increased unemployment rate, the decline of population, decreasing birth rate, and increased migration processes that may increase in our future years. Education is seen as a powerful tool in dealing with those issues.

This entry highlights regional educational challenges while implementing a vision of sustainable development at a regional level as outlined by Agenda 2030. Education for sustainable development views students as critical thinkers who are able to deal with complex issues caused by Anthropocene, by becoming...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Daugavpils UniversityDaugavpilsLatvia

Section editors and affiliations

  • Luciana Brandli
    • 1
  1. 1.University of Passo FundoPasso FundoBrazil