"Every Student - Every Subject - Every Classroom"

Providing Continuing Professional Development for teachers to embed Education for Sustainable Development in their Learning and Teaching

The Take 1 Programme is funded by the Department of Education in Ireland

Book now for Take 1 Programme training 2024!

Futher details on the training & events page

Book now for Take 1 Programme training 2024!
The Take 1 Programme of training is promoted as a mechanism for embedding Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) in learning and teaching in Irish second level schools. By mapping the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to the learning outcomes of subject specifications, the programme not only raises awareness for students of the SDGs themselves, but also highlights “the implications of these goals for their individual and group lives, including the responsibilities individuals and institutions have to assume to help achieve them” (UNESCO, 2020, p. 59). The Take 1 Programme demonstrates an approach which moves away from a focus on addressing specific global challenges in isolation and uses the SDGs  to highlight the interdependent and interconnected nature of the world in which we live.  

The Take 1 Programme aims to support schools to communicate, raise awareness of, and embed Education for Sustainable Development as part of a school wide curriculum, through the UN Sustainable Development Goals

Take 1 Programme objectives:

  • Provide professional learning opportunities to engage with and understand Education for Sustainable Development                                                                                                                                                             
  • Explore opportunities to link formal, non-formal and extra-curricular activities to the achievement of the Global Goals                                                                                                                                                      
  • Support the inclusion of Education for Sustainable Development as part of school policy and wellbeing programmes
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Take 1 Programme Online Training 2024

The Take 1 Programme is funded by the Department of Education to support schools to embed Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) in learning and teaching as part of a school wide initiative. This after school online introductory session runs for 90 minutes. Participants will also be included in the Take 1 Programme mailing list and can avail of any additional and future supports. Further details outlined on the flyer and training dates for February/March 2024, are listed on the booking form which can be completed and returned to take1programme@outlook.com


  • Date: 06/02/2024 05:00 PM - 06/03/2024 05:00 PM
  • Location Online Event

Past Events

TitleDateLocation
Take 1 Week 2023 20 Nov 2023
May Day for Sustainability 2023 09 May 2023
Take 1 Programme Training - Schools Pilot 19 Jan 2023
May Day for Sustainability 2022 10 May 2022Online Event
May Day for Sustainability 2021 11 May 2021Tipperary ETB
Take 1 Week 2023
November 20th - 24th
The Take 1 Programme promotes an Education for Sustainable Development awareness raising campaign in schools, which includes support to engage with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals in a formal way through classroom experiences. Resource materials highlight opportunities for embedding ESD in teaching and learning in all subject areas. The Take 1 Programme methodology maps the SDGs to learning outcomes in Junior Cycle subjects, demonstrating how teaching and learning about sustainability can be aligned to existing subject syllabuses.

Using this approach, every student, through every subject, in every classroom, can learn about the interconnected nature of Education for Sustainable Development. Take 1 Week elevates these teaching and learning opportunities, by creating a focus on 'whole school' engagement.

Each teacher involved is asked to teach 1 Lesson, about 1 SDG to 1 class group any time during Take 1 Week. Schools highlight their activities internally at school level and on various social media platforms, using the hashtags #take1week23 and #take1programme on Twitter

View the Gallery to see some of the interesting activities from the campaigns in previous years


Read more about Education for Sustainability and the Take 1 Programme at the links below

  • Dublin, Leinster, Ireland