Education for Sustainable Development in Newton College

Newton College considers education for sustainable development (ESD) as one of its principal aims. Since its foundation in 1979, it has been committed to the principles of ESD, namely environmental care, social equity, and economic justice. This is one of the reasons why we implemented the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme, which we introduced to Peru in 1986. Two central components of this programme are community service and intercultural understanding.

We strengthened our commitment to ESD in 1992, when we bought a large plot of land in the National Reserve of Tambopata, where we built our Amazon field study centre, Sachavacayoc. This centre promotes the understanding of ecosystems and the preservation of the environment. It is located in one of the most bio-diverse regions in the world and is visited by students of different ages and nationalities.

Given the concerns of global warming, Newton College implemented its Plan Verde (Green Plan) in 2008. This is organized around 10 Doorways which provide the framework for many projects that take place on our campus and in the local community. The 10 Doorways are Health and Safety, Energy, Water, Transport, Chemicals, Green Areas, Green Architecture, Recycling, Purchases, and Waste. They provide our pupils with opportunities to convert into action the concepts of ESD that are studied throughout our curriculum.

We are fully aware that the youth of today are the principal stakeholders in a more sustainable way of life in the future. We are fully committed to helping pupils understand the vision, values, and behaviour needed for sustainable development (SD). We recognize that we cannot achieve this goal without the support of diverse sectors of society such as governments, businesses, and the media.

Nelson Mandela said: "Education is the most powerful tool which you can use to change the world". Schools have the potential to be very powerful agents of change. Through our school community we have direct contact with the diverse sectors of society. We, therefore, have the moral responsibility to encourage all sectors to synergize and to collaborate in partnerships towards the goals of SD.

Our mission is to ensure that SD is not just a slogan but a way of life.