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Sus21 - Education as a Constructor of Social and Cultural Sustainability for the 21st century

Finished 01.09.2020 - 28.02.2023
School of Educational Sciences and Psychology, Philosophical Faculty



The Sustainability21 (SUS21) -project aims at promoting social and cultural sustainability in the field of adult education and civil society in the framework of the SDGs, under six different topics:

  1. Dimensions of Accessibility
  2. Adult educations promoting sustainable development
  3. Responsible consumption and production
  4. L’importante e la salute – Health
  5. Achieving gender equality and empowering women
  6. Well-being

The project is in close connection to the widely accepted and adopted concepts of life-long learning and continuous education. The importance of life-long learning is emphasized in the UN document Transforming our world: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (2015). It is stated that lifelong learning opportunities should be available for all people regardless of age, gender, home country or economic status. In addition, it is also stated that learners should acquire equivalent skills and knowledge to promote sustainability and that the teachers and educators should also have supplies and level of knowledge.

UEF’s Intellectual Output is linked to the Agenda 2030 Goal 4: Ensure inclusive and Equitable quality education and promote Lifelong learning opportunities for all. Within this Intellectual Output, the University of Eastern Finland has created a formal University course titled “Adult education promoting sustainable development”. Within the course we will view the possibilities that adult education has in promoting social and cultural sustainability. According to the connected Goal 4 it also presents how equitable and inclusive quality education as well as lifelong learning opportunities for all could and are promoted in adult education. The course will be run as a MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) and will be freely accessible for all. It will also be part of the official curriculum in the School of Educational Sciences and Psychology.

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