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ESD Rating Scale

Over the past decade, World OMEP has made education for sustainability a key focus for World and Regional conferences, research projects, practitioners and as key content for a yearly OMEP ESD travel award. The work has progressed quickly with the support of UNESCO initiatives and international funding, with Sweden being a significant contributor.

OMEP became aware of the demand from practitioners on how to make improvements in their early childhood practices as countries such as Sweden and New Zealand in the 1990’ies developed curriculum documents for early childhood. Early childhood pedagogy has since embraced sustainability, as it is compatible with our early childhood history, such as the teachings of Froebel, Montessori, Steiner, Freire and Malaguzzi: all encouraging children to be exploring nature and caring for the natural world.

New ideas and approaches have emerged along with early childhood pedagogies, mainly evolved due to a deeper understanding of socio-cultural approaches to early childhood education. Since 2009, OMEP runs a world project on education for sustainable development - ESD. It includes multiple parts, such as informal child interviews, ESD-projects with children in their preschools and settings, intergenerational dialogues, in-service and pre-service training, a resource bank, a yearly ESD-award and the OMEP ESD rating scale. These projects are still active, and all information is available at www.worldomep.org.

The original OMEP ESD rating scale was developed in line with principles of best practices in early childhood. It was developed in 2011-2014 within a research project covering seven countries; Chile, China, England, Kenya, Korea, Sweden and USA (see further information about the project in Sira Blatchford, Mogharreban & Park, 2016). The scale exists in many languages, see

www.worldomep.org.Today, it is most often used as a ‘beginning tool’ to support teachers in identifying successes and concerns in early education and care, also giving guide for internal evaluation. The rating scale additionally serves as a common point of origin for research projects. The primary purpose is not to use the scale for comparisons between preschools or as a measure of quality. Rather, we consider the scale a help in building a common culture of sustainability for children and adults, as the scale enables educators and management to identify areas in need action towards sustainability. It may also serve as a record of development and progress.

Seminar at OMEP Conference in Athens in July 2020

During the World Assembly in Athens (July 13-14) we will report about what is going on in the projects around the world. During the OMEP world conference (July 15-17), there will be a seminar where we all can meet and share our experiences from the first part of the project. This seminar will also be open for all interested delegates at the conference.

ESD project leadership team:
Ingrid Engdahl vpeurope@worldomep.org
Milada Rabušicová milada@phil.muni.cz
Natalia Ryzhova ryzhovoi@gmail.com
Adrijana Višnjić-Jevtić avisnjic.jevtic@gmail.com

2019 OMEP ESD rating scale (2ed)
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Rubric Self and team assessment and development OMEP ESD Rating Scale
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The OMEP ESD rating scale and tool kit
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