Award in Education for Sustainable Development: EkoSkola and out-of-class Activities

MQF Level: 7

ECTS Value: 1 ECTS

Duration: 2 Sessions

Contact Hours: 5

Self Study Hours: 12

Assessment Hours: 8


Course Description

Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) is one of the cross-curricular themes listed in the National Curriculum Framework (NCF). The module is intended to familiarize teachers with the principles of ESD and how to identify opportunities for cross-curricular learning. During the module, learners will be familiarized with the Eko-Skola programme, which has been identified by UNESCO as the largest international ESD movement, and the opportunities it provides to implement ESD as a whole school approach. One of the objectives of ESD (and of the NCF) is the development of the school-community interface. The module will also provide teachers with skills on how to plan out-of-class activities that familiarize students with community resources.

Entry Requirements

Applicants interested in following this programme are to be in possession of a Bachelor’s degree (MQF 6 with a minimum of 180 ECTS, or equivalent).  

Overall Objectives and Outcomes

By the end of this module, the learner will be able to:


a) Produce lesson plans that address ESD themes;
b) Carry out a curriculum audit to identify ESD-based themes within the syllabi of different subject areas;
c) Collaborate with other colleagues in the setting up (or consolidation) of the EkoSkola programme in his/her respective school; 
d) Carry out an audit of the community to identify ESD resources that can be used in out-of-class activities.


a) The principles of ESD and the implications to the educational system;
b) The principles of cross-curricular teaching and learning;
c) The 7-step methodology of the EkoSkola programme;
d) The benefits of out-of-class activities for the holistic development of learners.


a) Discern what constitutes ESD and select appropriate/relevant themes;
b) Prepare cross-curricular learning material;
c) Support students in the running of the EkoSkola programme;
d) Design out-of-class activities that valorise the ESD potential of community resources.

Mode of Delivery

This module adopts a blended approach to teaching and learning. Information related to the structure and delivery of the module may be accessed through the IfE Portal. For further details, kindly refer to the Teaching, Learning and Assessment Policy and Procedures found on the Institute for Education’s website.

Assessment Methods

This programme adopts continuous and summative methods of assessment including assignments, online tasks, reflective journals, projects and video presentations. For further details, kindly refer to the Teaching, Learning and Assessment Policy and Procedures.


Upon successful completion of this module, course participants will be conferred an accredited certification.

Further Learning Opportunities and Career Progression

Upon successful completion of this module, course participants may use certification conferred to apply for Recognition of Prior Learning for accredited programmes. Teachers may also use this certification in their application for accelerated progression.

Suggested Readings

1. The Learning Outcomes Framework: http://www.schoolslearningoutcomes.edu.mt/en/
2. UNESCO roadmap for implementing the Global Action Programme on Education for Sustainable Development. Available from:
3. The Eco-Schools International Website: http://www.ecoschools.global/
4. The Eco-Schools methodology: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NYnTmgnUmmo
5. The EkoSkola Website: http://www.ekoskola.org.mt/

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