INTEGRATION OF SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT MEASURES IN THE FIELD OF ECO-SCHOOLS
University of Zilina (SLOVAKIA)
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Conference name: 16th International Technology, Education and Development Conference
Dates: 7-8 March, 2022
Location: Online Conference
Abstract:The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are a global action plan for sustainable development worldwide. The challenge for today's society is to protect the environment, save energy and support the environmental education of the young generation. The aim of the article is to analyse the implementation of the Eco-schools program and the subsequent implementation of measures in terms of 17 set goals. These objectives address the highest priority issues, such as preventing hunger, alleviating poverty, improving health and well-being, improving quality education, promoting gender equality, ensuring clean water and sanitation, affordable and clean energy, decent work and economic growth for all, reducing inequalities between cultures between countries, etc. Life on Earth supports them for the protection, restoration and sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems in relation to the various activities carried out. Eco-schools are the world's largest program of sustainable schools. From a future perspective, the greatest success of this project will be to produce a generation of sustainable and environmentally conscious people. This generation of individuals will further expand sustainable development ideas and patterns of behaviour throughout life. In this way, new habits will spread from generation to generation with the support of community principles, active participation in the support and preservation of our natural environment. The set of these activities also includes activities aimed at involving stakeholders (students' parents, public institutions, private companies, etc.). The whole concept is intended to emphasize the importance of nature protection. As secondary and higher education institutions include an extensive portfolio of disciplines, they have a major impact on sustainable development. They can support the objectives of this concept through education, research and innovation. The contribution of the article is a review of individual indicators of the 7-Step Methodology and the determination of the strongest and most significant impact related to the goals of sustainable development in the environment of educational institutions. Without the involvement of educational institutions, rapid and sustainable progress in economic growth cannot achieve with regard to environmental principles. Maintaining peace, justice and strong institutions supports society as a whole.
Keywords: Eco-schools, environmental education, quality education, sustainable development.