Headlines: April 26th, 1999

A ten year learning prorgamme has been launched to change understanding and behaviour about sustainable development. Details are set out in a report by the programme’s sponsors, the Sustainable Development Education Panel. The report was welcomed by Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott and the DfEE Green Minister, Charles Clarke.

The programme seeks to encourage all public bodies to adopt sustainable development as a strategic issue. Central Government, agencies and funded bodies are urged to have strategies for education for sustainable development that are reflected in all that they do, from resource deployment, to policy development. Local authorities are asked to act similarly, by including education for sustainable development strategies in their strategic plans and strategic lifelong learning partnerships and to ensure it is followed through into the Best Value initiative. Health Authorities are also invited to include sustainable development in their education programmes.