Calls for papers

The importance of education for sustainable development [JCES 1/2022]

Our current complex world calls for the expansion of knowledge about sustainable development and change towards more sustainable actions. With fast changing 21st century, often human-caused to human life and the planet, there is a growing urgency to reflect on learning to be promoted for the benefit of sustainable societies. As reported by UNESCO (Humanistic futures of learning. Perspectives from UNESCO Chairs and UNITWIN Networks, 2020), dimensions of current world create new dynamics in which society has to function. The expansion of human knowledge along with goals to enhance quality of life and SD are dominant forces in society that drive quest for change. Times are changing and education sector needs to progress with the changing dynamics of the world and ensure nurturing of individuals and professionals who possess knowledge and skills to cope with increasingly complex cross-national and cross-disciplinary issues.

As evident in scholarly literature, it is imperative to transform learning systems and knowledge generation to support sustainable future. To that end, there is an urgency to reflect and re-evaluate vision and mission of ESD. In alignment with the aim of the journal, this is a current problem in the field of education, which should be discussed from various perspectives. This special issue offers an opportunity to open a discourse about the complexities of ESD and strategies for the way forward. As accurately stated by Marshall McLuhan (2002): “There are no passengers on spaceship Earth. We are all crew.” Therefore, each of us is responsible for decisions and actions we take with sustainability in mind. ESD has the potential to show us the roadmap to betterment and how to build better in the post-pandemic area. We believe that the proposed theme would be a great follow-up and an extension of the journal’s recent issue related to education during the pandemic.

The editors of thematic issue are Dr Klara Skubic Ermenc and Dr Ewelina K. Niemczyk.

Article submission timeline:

Abstract submission (150-250 words): 15 July 2021

Full paper submission (4000-6000 words): 15 October 2021

Publication of the issue: end of March 2022

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