Mentoring for ESD-Leadership

The Mentoring for ESD-Leadership is a part-time programme for young professionals and interested people from Germany, India, Mexico and South Africa who work or aim to work in the field of Education for Sustainable Development (ESD). The programme language is English and the support of a mentor from the same country in realisation of one’s own project idea in the field of ESD lies at the heart of the programme. We provide professional development and aspire to train young people as motivated multipliers. For this purpose the programme not only conveys central concepts and approaches of ESD, but also covers competencies in the areas of project management and ESD leadership. In addition to three attendance phases the 10-month blended learning programme includes three online phases with modules on the topics mentioned above. Throughout the online phases, a continuous exchange between the participants is promoted. Further to their own mentor, other resource persons from the entire ESD Expert Net are available to advise the mentees. A total of 20 mentees (five each from Germany, India, Mexico and South Africa) can participate in the programme each year.


In 2010, the members of the ESD Expert Net designed as one of their first network activities the Leadership Training for interested young people. A total of almost 40 people from four countries took part in the full-time programme. The programme offered the opportunity to deal with topics such as sustainability, systems thinking and project design. Furthermore, internships and mentoring by experts helped in the development and implementation of innovation projects on site. In the second project phase in 2014, the former leadership participants were integrated into the ESD Expert Net. All participants of the leadership training agreed that this particular learning experience should be repeated in a modified form. A working group of the ESD Expert Net developed the concept of the Mentoring for ESD-Leadership Programme together with Engagement Global. The new part-time programme offers the opportunity to acquire central skills for the implementation and anchoring of ESD and to develop one's own project idea further.

Programme Schedule

The schedule for 2019 is as follows:

Programme Content

The different content areas will be taught alternately through online and attendance phases within the 10-month programme.

Online phases

The online phases comprise a total of 28 weeks with at least five learning hours per week. Common learning content is made available via an online platform (Moodle). The contents follow a module plan and focus on the following topics:

  • Global challenges, trends and perspectives
  • ESD basics and history
  • ESD competencies
  • Learning and didactics
  • Educational landscapes and national education systems
  • Whole School/Institutional Approach

JEach module also includes a project management learning activity based on the backcasting methodology. The exchange between mentees, but also with mentors is an important part of the online phases. For this purpose, different synchronous and asynchronous formats are used in each module, such as blogs, discussion forums, live chats and webinars.


Attendance phases

The attendance phases are divided into three sections.

  1. Introductory week ( Germany)
  2. National Mentoring Workshops (one per country, respectively in Germany, India, Mexico and South Africa)
  3. Conclusion Event (Mexico)

The thematic focus of the attendance phases lies on leadership competencies such as intercultural sensitivity, systemic thinking or change management. Also, project management and project development are central at all personal meetings. The introductory week serves to get to know each other, to build a team and to set a common goal for the programme. In the national mentoring workshops, the presentation of the previously developed project plans and the exchange of ideas are in the foreground. At the conclusion event, the projects will finally be presented to a public audience. All attendance phases are about acquiring action-oriented knowledge and skills based on practical examples.

Application 2019
Atussa Ziai

Contact person


Atussa Ziai
Project Leader


Mentees 2017/18