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Education for Responsible Citizenship and Sustainable Development

Author(s) Bombardelli, O.  
Publisher London: CiCe  
Year 2010  
Editor P. Cunningham & N. Fretwell, Lifelong Learning and Active Citizenship  
Age group -  
Keywords/Abstract
This paper deals with the contribution of Citizenship Education for Sustainable Development. It focuses on three aspects: a): Education for Responsible Citizenship (ERC), b) Ethic Economy for Sustainable Development, c) Enhancing the sustainable behaviour of people, both individually and in groups, for contributing to sustainable development. Civic education in formal, non formal and informal ways involves a variety of cognitive and attitudinal strands, it concerns students’ knowledge and conceptual understandings, interests, skills and competences, values, attitudes and dispositions to get involved. There is considerable discussion as to what constitutes ‘effective’ education and training for active and responsible citizenship. The role of school is consistent in preparing young people for their task of citizens: contents, school ethos, classroom climate, school participation, teaching methods and tools, particularly schoolbooks are very important in the formal education. Active teaching and learning approaches offer opportunities for interaction between educators and learners, between learners themselves, and between learners and the topic. Education for Responsible Citizenship can support citizens (as customers, investors, shareholder and consumers, as purchaser of services, like ethical banking etc., as employers, as members of governmental and non governmental Institutions and organizations) to become aware of the relevance of their roles in order to further promote the expansion of sustainable development and to appreciate the advantages of corporate activities all over the world. All this can strengthen the commitment of the persons working with ethic aims in all sectors (economy, environment, education, sport, tourismus etc.). As a consequence, all the work CSR companies do, in order to become more engaged in society, is fairly recognized and rewarded and such companies are better able to benchmark themselves against the performance of different enterprises and future generations can take advantages of the sustainable development . The purpose of this paper is dealing with the contribution of Citizenship Education for Sustainable Development. The text is organized in three parts: Education for Responsible Citizenship (ERC) to civic behaviour; Ethic Economy for Sustainable Development; and, Enhancing the Sustainable Behaviour of people, both individually and in groups, for contributing to sustainable development.
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