Methods for ESD(Education for Sustainable Development)-competencies and curricula








A manual that explains how to integrate key competencies for (E)SD and their respective methods into curriculum.



In order to reach a wider community and take this topic to another level (political agenda), a policy recommendation guide for ESD has been written, based on the different circumstances each partner country experiences.



Teacher training: based on 4 modules

1) Systems thinking skills (Ecology/Economy),

2) Design thinking / sustainability entrepreneurship skills (Economy)

3) Values and needs biography (Social/Cultural Sustainability)

4) Play the game - walk the talk (Ecology/Economy/Social)



A Curriculum handbook that explains how these key competencies for (E)SD can be integrated into this curriculum.





A proper evaluation which looks at the project from different angles, demonstrating internal and external forms of evaluation.




Providing online support for the teachers with their respective tasks and having the opportunity to exchange experiences and give feedback on the process.






What is MetESD?


The main objective of the three-year MetESD project was to develop a sustainable development education curriculum that can be integrated into any vocational training and flanked by application-based didactic modules. For this purpose, a basic curriculum was developed at the University of Vechta in cooperation with BenE München eV (Regional Network of School and Out-of-School Educational Institutions on the subject of ESD funded by the United Nations University), the Austrian Environmental Association and the Vienna University of Teacher Education. The students must acquire in order to master the ever-changing challenges in the working life sustainably.

As part of the project, four teaching modules on sustainable development will be used internationally at the participating project schools. Above all, the four teaching modules distinguish the innovative didactic concept, which can be briefly described as action-oriented and experience-oriented.

The four teaching modules are didactically designed and prepared so that they can be integrated into vocational school curricula of different training courses and national training systems. Here the experiences, also from past Erasmus projects on similar topics, show that it is often not possible to transfer the innovation into everyday school life. The project MetESD starts this challenge. The school work is flanked by a school development counseling, which allows the integration of the learned into the school curricula.

The Erasmus + project offers, according to the participating vocational schools, teacher trainings to extend the didactic competence in dealing with pupils, especially with increased need for promotion / inclusion, on the basis of interdisciplinary teaching modules on the subject of sustainable development, accompanied by and guidance on curriculum development.

The lead of the project lied with the University of Vechta (project leader: Prof. Dr. Margit Stein). Participants in the project MetESD were partners and project schools from Germany, Latvia, Austria and Great Britain, so that an international comparative perspective is possible.


This project has been funded with support from the European Commission (Erasmus+). The website reflects the views only of the MetESD team and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.