AELIA – Applying a multi-stakeholder and whole-institutional approach to education for sustainability

The aim of the project is to contribute to equipping all citizens with the skills and competences for the green transition.

Project Number: 101087425

Funded by: Erasmus+      Duration: 1/1/2023 – 31/12/2025


The COVID-19 pandemic made it clear that we need to shift towards a greener world. The Sustainable Growth Strategy 2021 states that we need to build a sustainable and fair Europe for future generations, in line with the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The EU is focused on this and has a new policy called the European Green Deal. To make this work, we all need to learn how to be sustainable and support the green economy model. In this context, education for sustainable development (ESD) should be a lifelong learning thing that happens outside of school too. ESD is about more than just learning about the environment in school. When we step outside of formal education settings, opportunities to learn about sustainable development and apply it in our work become limited. It’s also harder to encourage others to support sustainability, and initiatives become less effective when they don’t involve a wide variety of people.


The aim of AELIA is to contribute to equipping all citizens with the skills and competences for the green transition. To do this, the project will put in action a multistakeholder, whole-institutional approach, bringing together actors from formal and non-formal education settings, businesses, civil society, and the public sector who will participate in all stages of the project following a quadruple helix innovation approach to develop an enabling learning ecosystem to bring change at an institutional, individual and societal level.


The Guide for sustainability plan for educational organisations is a roadmap for integrating a whole institutional approach to sustainability in all educational organisations. It encompasses guidelines applicable to schools, universities, and formal and non-formal educational providers (VET and adult education providers).

This activity entails the development of the Guide and resources for the capacity building of educational leaders and management at all levels to be able to integrate sustainability values and implement, monitor, and evaluate their sustainability levels.

Teachers’ training has a blended character combining a digital educational solution in the form of a MOOC with project work where teachers learn by doing, confronting real-life problems and community factors. The training addresses the 4 GreenComp areas: embodying sustainability values, embracing complexity in sustainability, envisioning sustainable futures, and acting for sustainability.

The capacity building programme is open to all educational authorities and leaders to inform them about the sustainability plan’s goals and implementation and support them in integrating sustainability values in their institutions.

The aim of the training is to equip educators with the knowledge and skills to be change agents in their work. Provision of training to educators is open to a) trainers of educators; b) pre and in-service teachers of formal education; c) educators in the non-formal sector; d) higher education teaching and research staff.

Educators, civil society organisations, and citizens can use the crowdsourcing platform to share knowledge, and ideas and re-imagine their communities at local, national, and European levels. At the same time, 4 webinars will be developed for Greece, Cyprus, Serbia, and Romania to entice the interest of citizens, raise awareness and educate them on sustainable development.

The White Paper on integrating education for sustainability in formal and non-formal education sets out an action plan on presenting gaps, as identified or confirmed during the project, the inputs necessary, the case for, and the actions necessary to integrate education for sustainability in educational settings.

Funded by the European Union. Views and opinions expressed are however those of the author only and do not necessarily reflect those of the European Union or European Commission. Neither the European Union nor the granting authority can be held responsible for them. 

Εταίροι του Έργου

KMOP – Social Action and Innovation Centre (Greece)
CARDET (Κύπρος)
WEBIN (Serbia)
CPIP (Ρουμανία)
SUDWIND (Austria)

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