Teaching and Learning Materials

We are constantly working on the development and provision of teaching and educational material that should support teachers as well as educational experts in practice.

Take a look at our current educational materials:

One of ourcurrent projects is a manual for teachers (especially for classes 7 to 9) about the 17 goals for sustainable development (Sustainable Development Goals/SGD). This publications shoul encourage teachers who theach classes 7 to 9 to integrate the goals for sustainable development within the meaning of "learning about, learning through and learning for the SGDs" into their lessons. Therefore each SGD and its background is described and illustrated by a "Story of Change" of one of the participating countries. Furthermore, the brochure suggests a.o. learning goal and core competencies for students as well as concrete ieas for classes in practice.

Englisch language edition:
Teaching the Sustainable Development Goals (pdf)

English language edition with additional stories of change from India:
Teaching the Sustainable Development Goals - Stories of Change from India (pdf)

Edition in Hindi with additional stories of change from India:
Teaching the Sustainable Development Goals in Hindi - Stories of Change from India (pdf)


You can order the print edition (free of charge) here.

Cashew – A Global Learning Challenge is an inclusive educational resource for the ninth and tenth grade but is adaptable for ESD at other levels as well. The example of the small cashew shows how inclusion and ESD can be addressed at school with a variety of inclusive didactic-methodical ideas from the perspectives of the four countries Germany, India, Mexico and South Africa.

International experts from the ESD Expert Net as well as teachers in inclusive and special education from the four countries participated in the creation of the inclusive educational material. This project was realized in cooperation with the association Behinderung und Entwicklungszusammenarbeit e.V. (bezev) in Germany. Additionally, the South African adaptation has also been supported by Fundisa for Change, South Africa.


In addition, we offer an intensive insight into the educational foundations of Education for Sustainable Development through numerous concept papers. The following concept papers are currently available for download (English):

What is Education for Sustainable Development (ESD)?
Thomas Hoffmann, Hannes Siege

Is there a specific ESD methodology?
Thomas Hoffmann

Getting out of the confusion of E-, S- and D-competencies
Sanskriti Menon, Thomas Hoffmann

The concept of whole school approach – a platform for school development with focus on sustainable development
Reiner Mathar

The concept of competencies in the context of Education for Sustainable Development (ESD)
Maik Adomßent, Thomas Hoffmann

Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) & Dimensions of Sustainable Development (SD)
Erach Bharucha, Hannes Siege

Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) as modern education – A glimpse on India
Erach Bharucha, Thomas Hoffmann

An Education for Sustainable Development manual for teachers, educators and teacher educators

The complexity and interconnectedness of the issues related to global sustainable development requires the adoption and teaching of a systems thinking competency. How can teachers be guided in teaching a systemic approach, as a key element of ESD? How can they deal with global challenges such as climate change or health and economic crisis and at the same time address local issues regarding the school itself? And how can they motivate students to actively participate in the implementation of solution strategies? Since a holistic and future-oriented approach is central to ESD, it is important to start not only in single subjects within school education, but also to learn how to transform the learning environment in and around schools.

To date, there are only a few publications that explicitly apply the approach of systemic thinking to teaching of Education for Sustainable Development. For this reason, this manual provides teachers with didactic-methodological strategies for transmitting and strengthening competencies for dealing with complexity.

Ten Steps Towards Systems Thinking
Thomas Hoffmann, Sanskriti Menon, Wendy Morel, Thamsanqa Nkosi, Nicola Pape

Ten Steps towards Systems Thinking - Poster

The Curriculum Framework for Education for Sustainable Development (CF ESD) is the product of a joint project of the Standing Conference of the German Ministers of Education and Culture (KMK) and the German Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). It is a framework created to include education for sustainable development (ESD) in schools, in teaching, and in learning materials.

The CF ESD designates eleven core competencies in the areas of recognition - evaluation - action, from which subject-related competencies can be derived. It defines interdisciplinary core competencies and formulates subject-specific sub-competencies.

Teaching and learning material, which are based on the conceptual foundation of the Curriculum Framework, are premised on principle of sustainable development which includes four dimensions: economic, social, environmental, and political. Sustainable development is considered to be a process that aims to achieve multi-generational ecological compatibility, social justice, economic efficiency and democratization worldwide. Conflicts of these goals inevitably appear between and within the four dimensions. Thus students are encouraged to recognize these conflicts, to evaluate them and to take a defensible position.

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The Curriculum Framework for Education for Sustainable Development

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