Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) relates to all aspects of education which aim to help students to ‘develop the attitudes, skills and knowledge to make informed decisions for the benefit of themselves and others, now and in the future, and to act upon these decisions.
San Silvestre School is acutely aware of its responsibility to endorse and practise not only sustainable behaviour but also education for sustainable development. We believe that the practice of sustainable behaviour and education in the philosophy of such development is essential in order to ensure our students are empowered to become good decision makers in relation to ensuring quality of life without damaging the planet for the future.
Through curriculum, campus and community the school aims to promote the philosophy and practices of sustainable development. Through teaching and learning, through the school´s values and ethos and through engaging with all relevant stakeholders including students, teachers, parents and the wider community, the school makes ´a positive effort to demonstrate responsible practices for its young people and communities, and engage them in learning about the issues and potential responses’.
The Eight Dorways
All San Silvestre ESD programmes, policies and actions developed and implemented in the school are focused on sustainable goals related to the Eight Doorways or themes through which schools can build sustainable development into the entire planned learning experiences for pupils. The Eight Doorways are:
1. Food and Drink
2. Energy and Water
3. Travel and Traffic
4. Purchasing and Waste
5. Buldings and Grounds
6. Incusion and Participation
7. Local Well-being
8. Global Dimension
San Silvestre has an ESD Committee comprised of staff representatives from all sections of the school, administration, the parent body and the ESD school official. An ESD Student Committee has also been created to ensure the student participation is maximised. The group is comprised with one representative from each grade level from Gr 4 to FVI and it works together with the ESD Committee to fulfill the school ESD goals.