• Jovana Škorić Филозофски факултет Нови Сад


Sustainable development, eco-pedagogy, inclusive education


In this paper, the author analyzes the concepts of sustainable development, ecopedagogy and inclusive education from the perspective of an inclusive society where all members of society should have equal opportunities to participate in the education system, as well as in society in general. The author starts from the assumption that education is a key lever and base of sustainable development. According that, the first part of the paper discusses about interdependence and interconnectedness of sustainable development and inclusive education, and highlights the main premises of them. In the context of this, author offers main caracteristics: 1) promoting critical thinking; 2) participation of students in deciding on the design and content of educational programs; 3) mapping local and global issues related to sustainable development; 4) inovative development of new and creative solutions to common problems and 5) looking ahead – the tendency for content to have a long-term perspective.

Futher, the author discusess about ecopedagogy as a new eco-social perspective that aims to develop people’s collective potenctials and strenghten social justice, taking into account the environmental perspective. Eco-pedaogy is, says author, a response to the planetary crisis of the environment. Namely, the main principles of neoliberalism, deregulation, globalization, privatization, commodification etc. resulted in an expansion of capitalism and domination over all aspects of human life. According that, eco-pedagogy seeks to interpolate the Freirean goals of humanization and social justice with an environmental policy that radically opposes the globalization of neoliberalism and imperialism.

In this part of paper, the authors leaves room for discussion of the connection between the three concepts mentioned above and point out that all three concepts imply a critical, holistic and systemic understanding of the world, emphasizing social and environmental justice.


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