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Nurturing a Sustainable Society - A National Strategy for Education for Sustainable Development for Malta


From: Developed by the NSESD Board of Governors under the aegis of
​the Ministry for Education and Employment​ and
the Ministry for Sustainable Development, the Environment and Climate Change
​Published on: 10 March 2016
Running till: 30 April 2016
​Last Updated: ​02 May 2016

1.        Background
Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) is an essential component in a nation’s efforts to achieve sustainability because it empowers citizens – irrespective of age, gender, ethnic group, belief and walk of life – to become active participants in ensuring a good quality of life based on respect and care for the community of life. This is achieved by helping citizens to change mindsets that promote unsustainable behaviours and practices through critical reflection, the exploration of alternative lifestyles and choices, good governance and wise management of resources.
The vision of this strategy, outlined above, is well couched within the vision of the UNECE Strategy for Education for Sustainable Development that envisages “a region that embraces common values of solidarity, equality and mutual respect between people, countries and generations” and where sustainable development implies “economic vitality, justice, social cohesion, environmental protection and the sustainable management of natural resources” thus ensuring that the needs of present and future generations are met.
In view of this, the government is launching this initial scoping consultation to collect input from the general public, civil society organizations, trade unions, business organizations, political parties, governmental institutions and all others that would like to contribute towards this process.
2.     Documents  
Click on the following link to view the consultation document >>Consultation Document <<
4.        Submission of input
Submissions were sent in through the following channels:
By filling the online form.
By email:
We thank you for your input.


Please be informed that submissions will be published on the webpage of this consultation at the end of the scoping phase. The lead Ministry has sole discretion upon the publication of comments.
Received contributions, together with the identity of the contributor, will be published on the Internet, unless the contributor objects to the publication of his/her personal data on the grounds that such publication would harm his/her legitimate interests. In this case the contribution may be published in anonymous form. Otherwise the contribution will not be published nor will, in principle, its content be taken into account.  Any objections concerning the publication of personal data should be sent to the service responsible for the consultation on the following email address:
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In addition, please be aware of:
·         Disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act (Chapter 496)
As we are a public authority all documents we hold, including documents related to this public consultation process, may be released following a request to us under the Freedom of Information Act (Chap. 496), unless such request may be subject of an exemption arising from the same Act.



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