Whole School Approach

International Conference 2022

Report of the conference

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Day 1: Monday, 28 March

Welcome notes

Welcome note by Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality by dr. A. de Veer, director Strategy, Knowledge and Innovation


Welcome note by Ministry of Education, Culture and Science by Gerbert Kunst director International Policy online


Introduction of the role of WSA in UNECE Strategy, by Dr. Aravella Zachariou, Chair of the UNECE Steering committee on ESD


Aravella Zachariou - UNECE 28.03.2022.ppt

Introduction of role of WSA in UNESCO approach of ESD for 2030, by Alexander Leicht, Chief of the Education for Sustainable Development section, UNESCO HQ online


Introduction to the program and the Dutch situation

The objectives of this Conference by Roel van Raaij (Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality) and Indy van de Sande (Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management)


Roel van Raaij & Indy van de Sande - IenW & LNV 28.03.2022.ppt

Presentation: WSA in different situations:

Research by Prof. Dr. Arjen Wals [Wageningen University and Research] + PhD Rosalie Mathie


Arjen Wals and Rosalie Mathie - WUR & NULS 28.03.2022.pptx

The Dutch Education system and Curriculum Development under Constitution,
by Sanne Tromp Director Knowledge and Innovation at SLO, the Netherlands institute for curriculum development


Sanne Tromp -SLO 28.03.2022.pptx

The different approaches to a ‘whole school approach’, practical experience from schools and existing ESD programs as Eco-Schools, what is needed for success.


Professor Paul Pace, University of Malta, Eco-Schools programme

Paul Pace -Eco-Schools Malta 28.03.2022.pptx

Linda van Meersche, Belgium program MOS Sustainable strong schools

Linda van Meersche -MOS Vlaanderen 28.03.2022.pptx

Daniel Barrie , Keep Scotland Beautiful

Daniel Barrie Keep Scotland Beautiful 28.03.2022.pptx

Jeanine Ruehle and Martin Hagemeyer, Youpan Germany

Jeanine Ruehle and Martin Kupfer 28.03.2022.pptx

Shinetsetseg Erdenebayar , Mongolia, WSA in Mongolia

Shinetsetseg Erdenebayar Mongolia 28.03.2022.pptx

Questions and debat

From Whole School to Whole Institution: the story of Interface, film and presentation with reflection by Charlotte Exercatte

Charlotte Exercatte 100Month to change 28.03.2022.pptx

Day 2: Tuesday, 29 March

Introductions to the program: the different aspects of WSA: 6 parts of the flower

By Dr. Paul Vare PhD, University of Gloucestershire UK. Expert in ESD Steering Committee on ESD


Paul Vare VARE 29.03.2022.pptx

Way forward international


Moderator Prof. Michael Scoullos, Chairman MIO-ECSDE, member of UNECE Steering
Committee on ESD (from NGO)

ESD for 2030, WSA and transformative education By Bernard Combes, UNESCO

Setting up an expert group in UNECE, and a working program for 2022-2025 for WSA
expertise. By Dr. Aravella Zachariou and Prof. Paul Pace

Aravella Zachariou 29.03.2022.ppt

Workshops by subject of WSA Approach

Why do we learn? - Vision

Sandra Pellegrom (National coordinator SDGs) and Giuseppe van der Helm (Cooperation
Learning for Tomorrow, coordinator SDG4)


What do we learn? - Curriculum

Karianne Hol (SLO, the Netherlands institute for curriculum development)

How do we learn? - Pedagogy and Didactics

André de Hamer (Duurzame PABO, Foundation for Sustainability in teachers college for primary education)

Andre de Hamer - Duurzame PABO 29.03.2022.ppt

Where do we learn? - Building Management and Operations

Vincent van der Veen (IVN, Institute for nature education)

Who do we learn from? - Professional Development

Gerben de Vries (Duurzame PABO, Foundation for Sustainability in teachers college for primary education)

Gerben de Vries Duurzame PABO 29.03.2022.pptx

Who do we learn with? - School Environment

Heleentje Swart (Regional Centre of Expertise Friesland)

Heleentje Swart - Spark 29.03.2022.pptx



Anthony Dixon (Metanoia). Sustainability Self-assessment tool for schools


Panel discussion: how to contribute to a WSA program, more than the sum of parts

Departure for excursions

Marnix PABO Academie Utrecht (teachers college for primary education)

AOC Zone.college Doetinchem (Green Vocational School)

AERES Hoge school Floriade (High school at World horticulture Expo Floriade)

At the venue: Nature as learning environment (teacher of different educational levels)

Plenary at the venue: reporting from excursions, what gives inspirations, what good-practice and examples we can collect from fellow initiatives

Wednesday, 30 March

Wrap Up of Good Practices and lessons learned

By Prof. Arjen Wals, reflecting on his international report and the workshops and excursions.


Panel discussion: What do we learn, what is to be developed yet, national and international?

The context: 20 years of WSAs: What have we learnt?

By Prof Daniella Tilbury, UK Government representative on the UNECE Steering Committee on ESD.


Daniella Tilbury 30.03.2022.pptx