Topic 1 The educational needs of circular economy

According to the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), “the development of a sustainable society should be seen as a continuous learning process that explores difficult topics and choices where responses and appropriate solutions could change with the growth of experience, which requires education that provides critical capacity, greater awareness and strength to explore new visions and concepts and to develop new methods and tools.”  

The final UNESCO Decade document on Sustainability Education in Italy indicates some of the “key competences” that are deemed to be necessary: 

  • Know how to look at events and events in a systemic and integrated manner,
  • Know how to recognize and appreciate diversity, both cultural and biological,
  • Know how to recognize intrinsic uncertainty about complex systems and know how to act with the unexpected attention; imagine the future and prepare to build it,
  • Address complexity and compare values; think in a critical and transformative way,
  • Act responsibly, collaborate and participate.