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Young people’s environmental sustainability competence

A series of two papers mapping young people’s environmental sustainability competence in EU and OECD countries.
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The OECD Centre for Skills and the European Commission Joint Research Centre joined forces to examine the environmental sustainability competence of students across EU and OECD countries. The first paper presents a conceptual framework defining environmental sustainability competence and then reveals how factors including gender and socio-economic background can affect young people’s environmental awareness. The second paper presents the environmental sustainability toolbox and considers the degree to which schools have equipped students with the competences to achieve a greener future.

  • Languages available: EN


Additional information

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    School Education
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  • Published by:
    OECD Social, Employment and Migration Working Papers
  • Target audience:
    Head Teacher / Principal
    Student Teacher
  • Target audience ISCED:
    Lower secondary education (ISCED 2)
    Upper secondary education (ISCED 3)
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School subjects

Environmental Education

Key competences

Maths and science