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''Now is the time to recommit to those efforts inspired by the Sustainable Development Goals. Changemakers everywhere are critical to translating the ambitious vision of the SDGs into reality. Global communities such as those sustained by the Global Schools Program are critical to building a better world"

– Ford Foundation Professor of the Practice of International Education,



Global Schools is proud to present the launch of Global Schools’ Pilot Project Country Reports. These country reports are draft reports launched at the UNESCO World Conference on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) to solicit feedback from world-renowned experts on the pilot methodology and offer case studies to global leaders. The reports were launched at the session: “ESD localization in Morocco, Ghana, and Turkey: launch of the Global Schools Country Reports” on Monday, May 17th, from 16:30-17:00 CET.


Global Schools has worked with its partners, Hacettepe University in Turkey, the University of Education and the Millennium Promise Alliance Inc. in Ghana, the Mohammed VI Foundation for Environmental Protection, and Al Akhawayn University in Morocco, in a 6-stage research pilot with the mission to align each country’s national curriculum with ESD and Global Citizenship Education (GCE) frameworks.


More than 60 researchers have analyzed national textbooks, curriculum, and policy to develop localized curriculum on sustainable development and global citizenship. This approach has brought together 80 in-country partners and stakeholders to propel a movement for sustainable development education across the three pilot countries. The final project outcomes and the findings are presented in the draft country reports and summary reports:

"Please note that all three country reports, as well as the evaluation paper, are first drafts and are not yet finalised. The draft reports have been launched at the UNESCO World Conference in order to solicit feedback from participants and experts before the final reports are published at a later date."

Country Director: Chief Nathaniel Ebo Nsarko


Ghana Report: This report was authored by Professor Andy Ofori-Birikorang, Ph.D., Professor Samuel Abeiku Hayford, Ph.D., Professor Dandy George Dampson, Ph.D., Professor Ernest Akwasi Amponsah, Ph.D., Christiana Hammond, Ph.D., Mavis Amo-Mensah, Ph.D., and Richardson Addai-Mununkum, Ph.D. The Global Schools Pilot project in Ghana was carried out in partnership with the Millennium Promise Alliance Inc. in Ghana and the University of Education, Winneba in Ghana. Seven Ghanaian educational policy documents together with twenty K-6 curriculum documents were analyzed to highlight gaps and explore linkages and synergies between the content of these documents and the Agenda 2030  learning outcomes. The report offers recommendations to review educational policies, incorporate SDGs in curriculum, and engage policymakers and key stakeholders in Ghana.


Country Director: Dr. Mustafa Öztürk

Turkey Report: This report was authored and edited by the Research Director for the Global Schools Pilot in Turkey, Dr. Mustafa Öztürk, Associate Professor of Curriculum and Instruction and EFL Instructor at Hacettepe University, in partnership with Hacettepe University. It was additionally authored by Aylin Albayrak-Sarı, Ph.D., Hacettepe University, Turkey; Abdullah Bağcı, Ph.D., Hacettepe University, Turkey; Seçil Dayıoğlu-Öcal, Ph.D., Hacettepe University, Turkey; Burtay Hatice İnce, Ph.D., Gazi University, Turkey; Neşe Soysal, Ph.D., University College London, UK. This report presents the findings emerging from three main research activities conducted in Turkey: policy analysis, curriculum mapping, and a preliminary program evaluation on the Global Schools 60 lesson plans by ESD-trained teachers in Turkey. The report outlines further steps for ESD-localization in Turkey, including centering ESD pedagogy, linking personal and professional engagement with ESD, promoting cross-sectoral cooperation and an interdisciplinary approach, and disseminating ESD through community participation. 

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Country Director: Kenza Khallafi 

Morocco Report: This report was authored by the Research Director for the pilot in Morocco, Dr. Abdelkrim Marzouk, Ph.D.,  the Dean of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences and Associate Professor of Geography at Al Akhawayn University, and the Research Assistant of the pilot, Mrs. Meryem Khodari, the Project Manager for the Hassan II International Center for Environmental Training. The Global Schools Pilot Project was carried out in partnership with the Mohammed VI Foundation for Environmental Protection and Al Akhawayn University in Morocco. This report reveals that the Moroccan national education curriculum does included material and language that furthers the Global Citizenship Education, 21st-century skills, and SDGs. 


Summary Report: This summary evaluation report synthesizes all findings from the Global Schools Pilot Project. Lead writers are Amanda Abrom, Lian Sabella Castillo, Brenda García Millán, Mary-Margaret Gilliam, and Elizabeth Lerman, under the coordination of Amanda Abrom. The report details the methodology of the Global Schools Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) curriculum localization pilot projects in Ghana, Turkey, and Morocco. This report was written by expert Global Schools Program Project Officers with extensive experience and background working in education and sustainability. This report supplements three additional reports published under the country Research Directors: Dr. Mustafa Öztürk, Dr. Abdelkrim Marzouk, and Chief Nat Ebo Nsarko.


El impacto de la pandemia de COVID revela la urgencia y el deber de dedicar atención al desarrollo sostenible y educar a los líderes del mañana para hacer frente de manera más eficaz a futuras conmociones y desastres. El mundo necesita que muchos más ciudadanos, especialmente la próxima generación, tengan los conocimientos, los valores, las actitudes y las habilidades necesarias para construir comunidades resilientes y prósperas. La investigación muestra que la Educación para el Desarrollo Sostenible (EDS) es una herramienta crucial para lograr esta transformación, que no solo permite a los estudiantes dar forma a un mundo mejor, sino que también se desempeñan mejor en la escuela. La EDS fomenta el liderazgo y las habilidades del siglo XXI en los estudiantes, empoderándolos para participar en el movimiento global por un futuro más sostenible, al tiempo que inspira a las escuelas a desempeñar un papel fundamental en el logro de los ODS para 2030. Global Schools apoya a los educadores y las escuelas para crear estudiantes más equipados y sociedades para hacer frente a los nuevos y urgentes desafíos del siglo XXI.



Applying the Tools

Global Schools is committed to the agency of local institutions and groups in leading country-level projects. We believe that national institutions are best placed to conduct the research and localization of the ESD, with Global Schools providing support where necessary. In 2019, Global Schools, with support from partners, set up research programs in Morocco, Ghana and Turkey, in order to conduct country-level research on ESD localization and implementation. In Morocco we partnered with Mohammed VI Foundation for Environmental Protection and Al Akhawayn University, in Ghana with Millennium Promise and the University of Education, and in Turkey with Hacettepe University. Over the past 12 months, the following efforts have been undertaken: 


La Red de Soluciones para el Desarrollo Sostenible de la ONU (SDSN) es una red global de investigación y políticas lanzada por el Secretario General de la ONU para apoyar la implementación de los Objetivos de Desarrollo Sostenible (ODS) y el Acuerdo Climático de París. Fundada en 2012 y guiada por un Consejo de Liderazgo de 80 miembros, la SDSN opera bajo los auspicios del Secretario General de la ONU, Antonio Guterres. Coordina una red de instituciones de 1.100 miembros en más de 100 países para apoyar la localización e implementación de los ODS.

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