ESD to 2030, is the Second National Strategy on Education for Sustainable Development, jointly developed by the Department of Education (DoE) and Department of Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science (DFHERIS), in consultation with key stakeholders. The Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth (DCEDIY) is a cosponsoring department for the strategy’s implementation.
It builds on the successes of the first ESD strategy (20142020) and aims to support the achievement of Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 4.7, as well as being a key enabler for the achievement of all other SDGs. The strategy provides a framework to steer and support the contribution that the education sector is making and will continue to make towards a sustainable future by 2030. It is accompanied by a 4.5 year action plan 2022 2026, with an interim review planned in 2026 to evaluate progress and identify any additional actions required to 2030.
The strategy embodies a lifelong learning approach, spanning the continuum from early learning and care to third level education and research, and extending beyond to engage with local communities, youth groups and enterprise