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    Sustainable Development Goals

    The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Implications for the work of Adult Educators

    Education for sustainable development (ESD) is a strong topic nowadays in public policies and in public discussion in mass media. This idea has been the basis for development of projects and activities in many organizations, such as non-governmental organizations. The implementation of such educational sustainable development projects and activities is supported by adult educators who develop several types of roles.

    Simultaneously, the Sustainable Development Goal 4, in particular, claims a stronger emphasis on the professional development of adult educators and adult learning professionals in order to promote quality education and lifelong learning for all.

    If you work on this topic, you will be able to :

    • Interpret the aims of projects and activities of adult education for sustainability of a specific non-governmental organisation
    • Comprehend roles played by adult educators in these projects and activities of education on sustainable development
    • Recognise the necessity of incorporating SDG focuses into the professionalization of adult educators
    • Extend their knowledge upon active citizenship referring to SDGs.
    • Understand the roles of higher education institutions in the development of SDGs and SDG4 in particular focusing on quality education and lifelong learning for all.


    Instructions for the Comparison @Home

    The starting point for your work on this comparative topic is the instruction for the comparison at home. Please look at the documents below as a first step.

    You can choose from two different instructions for the comparison at home. Both have a slightly different approach to the topic of adult education and the sustainable development goals. Both give you a step-by-step introduction how to find a good comparative research question, give you a context for comparison and state some possible categories which you can elaborate on.


    Materials on the Topic: Lifelong Learning and Agenda 2030 for SDGs

    We selected the following materials to give you a good starting point for a comparative analysis on the topic of Lifelong Learning and the Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development. These primary resources provide a first overview with the official knowledge platform by the United Nations and two critical papers by relevant international institutions on the role of adult education in the Agenda 2030.

    To work on the instruction for the comparison at home, you can start with the following materials.

    ­­­­This Knowledge Platform is important as it provides a relevant general description and insight to Sustainabe Development Goals as main focus of UN Agenda 2030. Also, this platform explains the background and eolution of this particular initiative in its complexity and refers to those 17 SDG goals with necessary details and indication to key partners of those goals. 


    The UN SDG-Knowledge Platform’s SDG4 link enables readers to get an overview of SDG4 focus with indications of recent milestones of development in SDG4 key actions and reference major decisions, documents, publications, etc.


    This background paper by the European Association for the Education of Adults (EAEA) explains the policy background behind the Sustainable Development Goals, the link to adult education and presents some examples from practice. 


    This special document is a valuable analytical paper upon the potential connections in between adult education and Sustainable Developments by addressing some relevant choices and limitations for adult education.

    You can search for further material in the INTALL information tool.

    Quiz and Online Interaction

    To test your learning advance on the comparative topic of sustainable development goals (SDGs) and implications for the work of adult educators, we have prepared a quiz for you! Also, we have created a discussion board where you can get in contact with other learner who work on the topic! Please sign up to OpenWueCampus under the following link first:

    For the self enrolment, use the enrolment key "Winterschool"

    After creating your account and logging in, use the following link to access 3 quizzes on the sustainable development goals and test your knowledge:


    Team up online: In the Intall@home discussion board, you can discuss your work with other students or researchers or search for partners for a collaborative work.


    Next to OpenWueCampus, you can also join our LinkedIn professional network where you can also get in touch with other learners, professors and professionals in the field of adult education!