Locally Relevant Themes (LORET)

LORET is used to create mechanisms for teaching locally relevant sustainable development key issues. The main objective is to connect school work with local, relevant and urgent sustainable development issues, through an integrative approach that takes into account knowledge from different subjects. 

LORET aims at building capacity to develop both local school curricula and at the organisation of education itself. The ambition is that the tool will support the development of a method that addresses local key development issues in a holistic way that harmonize with national education curricula. The tool draws on the fact that institutional conditions, i.e. decision making structures, power dynamics and institutional rhythm and pace, differ between different countries, regions and communities. Consequently, local curricula, that responds to different institutional conditions and to local urgent sustainability issues, needs to be developed in order for education to be able to relate to learners previous and ongoing experiences.

LORET can be used by teachers and school leaders in collaboration with students and stakeholders from local communities. It has been tested in the field of education for sustainable development for several years. SWEDESD offers LORET as part of ongoing research and development projects and as part of scaling of locally relevant education activities.

Contact: Leif Östman, leif.ostman@swedesd.uu.se

Partners: LORET has been developed by staff at the Department of Education at Uppsala University and Bosmina AB, in collaboration with grass root stakeholders and WWF.