Education for sustainable development and global citizenship

Education for Sustainable Development and Global Citizenship (ESDGC) refers to enriching the educational process to consider sustainability at its core. It is about enabling responsibility, informing learners that every choice they make links them to everyone else across the world.

ESDGC is not intended to be an ‘add-on’ to the educational process, and should be integrated into every subject (where possible and practical). However there are many methods currently used to incorporate ESDGC into teaching and education curricula, which do include stand-alone modules as a starting point. There are no right or wrong ways to go about embedding ESDGC – the important issue is that educators try to begin to do so.


There are seven interconnecting themes relating to ESDGC. These are:

Identity and culture relating to the customs, beliefs and daily lives of people around the world.

Wealth relating to the unequal distribution of wealth around the world.

Climate change relating to the impact of human and natural factors on global weather patterns and temperatures, and the effects of climate change on people around the world.

Health relating to personal physical and mental wellbeing and that of others.

Consumption and waste relating to the impact of waste and consumption on ourselves and the world around us.

The natural environment relating to the world around us.

Choices and decisions relating to the impact of choices and decisions we make on ourselves and others around the world.


BEST’s dedicated ESDGC Manager


ESDGC Manager Lara Hopkinson

The BEST programme has a dedicated ESDGC Manager. Her responsibilities include researching use of the agenda in Wales, the UK and wider, understanding the mechanisms used in differing institutions and successes.

This will enable the provision of advice and guidance to delivery partners on ESDGC and options for their own organisation, the training they are to develop and deliver under the auspice of BEST and also more widely.

If you would like to contact Lara Hopkinson, ESDGC Manager email HopkinsonL@cardiff.ac.uk.


Attribution: Heart graphic by Arkthus and Question graphic by Jessica Lock (both of thenounproject.com)
Photo of Lara Hopkinson by Mark Hawkins Photography.