Bridge 47 have released a publication on 'Transformative Education - Bridging Education for Change', written by Dr. Jana Arbeiter and Dr. Maja Bučar.

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Education should provide people with the understanding, skills and values they need to take part in resolving the interconnected challenges of the 21st century. Hence, education should equip individuals to critically reflect upon the underlying reasons behind global challenges to global equality, justice and sustainability.

When education is transformative, it can enable structural shifts in basic assumptions, thoughts, feelings and actions, and equips learners with the knowledge, skills and attitudes to promote sustainable development. Transformative education enables learners with understanding and anticipation of change, managing uncertainty, critical thinking, value changes, appreciation of diversity, and empathy.

SDG Target 4.7 offers the understanding that education can potentially lead to social transformation, through different ‘educations for’, such as education for sustainable development, human rights education, education for gender equality, peace education and global citizenship education.

This publication suggests that improvements in the areas of coordination, cooperation, awareness raising and capability development are needed.

This publication is part of a series of publications commissioned to support advocacy for more space for Target 4.7 and Agenda 2030 in European and global policies. The publications are created to encourage discussion and represent the author’s view on the topic.