EDUCATION FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT TOOLKIT 5
Educationfor Sustainable Development Toolkit
Educationfor Sustainable Development Toolkit
Asa critical tool for achieving sustainability, education plays acentral role in the development of a healthy community. Education forSustainable Development is the practice of education of teaching forsustainability. To incorporate the tool kit in the concept ofsustainability in education, it is important to understand the mainelements of sustainable education. Through the understanding, thetoolkit can be adopted in the context of health education to promotehealth care. According to McKeown(2002), oneof the elements of the toolkit is to understand the envisioning ofthe better future through education and spark a sense of criticalthinking. The Education for Sustainable Development in health care isbased on the achievement of sustainable development in health byincorporating its principles and the priorities of sustainability.
Oneof the ways to customize the tool kit for teaching sustainability inthe health context is to incorporate education as the main practiceof promoting health care. This is done by teaching people of theelements of sustainable health that creates awareness of thephilosophy (McKeown,2002).By teaching people about the importance of sustainability in healthcare, communities will adopt strategies that promote sustainablehealth. In addition, taking education as the priority in health carehelps health workers to sustainably teach strategies that promotehealth standards.
Inthe toolkit, the prioritization of education should be made to focuson the important and material aspects of health care. One of thepriorities should be based on improving the basic education thatrelates to health and healthcare in the community (McKeown,2002).The essence of sustainable health should be supplemented by improvingon the existing health education and not invalidating the presentteaching. This is because the basic health education forms thefoundation upon which the teaching of sustainable health can be basedon. For instance, teaching on preventive health can be based on theteaching of basic cleanliness or good nutrition, and not as adifferent aspect of health education.
Sustainablehealth can be incorporated into the education system. The educationsystem is an important tool for instilling a sense of sustainablehealth care. In specific, most of basic health concepts andstrategies are taught during the basic education stages and in theentire education system. This means that, low basic education willhinder the plans for effective, sustainable education in health care.Therefore, the toolkit should be customized to incorporate basichealth lessons on sustainability. This can be done by teaching theconcept of sustainability in health care in the education system.
Anothermain priority that should be customized in the toolkit forsustainability in health care is the reorientation of the existingeducation. The toolkit should include well oriented skills andprinciples that focus on sustainability in health care. Reorientingthe education needs the toolkit to focus on the participation of thecommunity in the understanding of sustainability in health care(McKeown,2002).This will motivate people to participate in the activities ofsustainable health care and understand the need for sustainability.Therefore, the education system will play an important role in theincorporation of the sustainability principles in health care.
Thetoolkit should include training as an important aspect of customizingit for the health care context. This is because training helps ineducating people on sustainable health strategies and principles.Customizing training in the toolkit will help health workers to teachpeople the importance, the processes and the evaluation ofsustainable health care in the society. Moreover, the training willhelp people to appreciate the change that is experienced from thepractice of sustainable health care. Consequently, education willallow the implementation of sustainable, reliable and effectivehealth strategies.
However,the main challenge to the incorporation of the teaching ofsustainability in health education is the culture of the people. Theculture can be detrimental to the effectiveness of sustainabilityeducation since people resist change in the implementation of newthings especially those relating to health (McKeown,2002).Therefore, the toolkit should be customized to include theappropriate communication strategies and action plans for thepromotion of sustainable health. Teaching sustainability in thecontext of health will require the formation of a curriculum that isappropriate to the society based on its culture. This will promotethe success of sustainable education in health care and theacceptance of the sustainability principles in theory and practice.
Aseducation is important in the health care context, the use ofsustainable principles is important in the implementation and thesuccess of sustainable health care. The incorporation of sustainableprinciples in health should be incorporated into the educationsystem, from basic to higher education levels. During thecustomization of the toolkit, greater priority should be based on thecurrent education and improve it. Therefore, priority should be madeon reorienting the current education and review the areas ofimplementation of the sustainability concept. Moreover, trainingshould be prioritized in the toolkit to teach people on sustainablehealth care as a way of countering the impact of culture. Throughthese elements of customization, the toolkit can be made specificallyfor teaching sustainability in the health education context.
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