This project seeks to re-frame a pupil's relationship with the future by opening up the questions, what is the future we want? What values do we want to live by? Education for the Future empowers students to envision alternative futures and build confidence in actively shaping the future.
The project explores the potential mutual reinforcement of arts-based and sustainability education in developing critical and systems thinking, normative and anticipatory competences, collaboration and self-awareness, and self-perception as an agent of change.
The pedagogical approach is interdisciplinary project-based learning, based on Creative Partnerships methodology (developed by the international foundation Culture, Creativity and Education). Pupils, class teachers and external artists work together over several months to identify a local sustainability challenge. Using the SDGs as a tool for analysis, four school classes are developing a complex and holistic understanding of this challenge. The results of the work are presented to the local and school communities as a way to initiate discussion on local sustainability challenges.
The theoretical basis of the projects is based on Action Competence (Jensen and Schack 1997), the Lundy Model of Participation (Lundy, 2007), Key Competencies for Sustainability (Rieckmann, 2017), and Creative Habits of Mind (Lucas et al, 2013). The educational goals are evaluated by the process of action research.
- Publication of a literature review, "Education for the Future: Creative Learning for Empowering Change"
- Publication of a mapping exercise on creative education in the Czech Republic
- Establishing a network of creative learning organisations committed to developing pupils' imagination, creativity and competences for sustainability
- Community-based events showcasing pupils' work
- Interactive, online teaching resources