Viewpoint: Repurposing ESD to Help Adapt to a Post-COVID World – Reflections from India and Africa

  • Jim Taylor University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
  • Supriya Singh Tata Communications, India
  • Olivia Copsey Conservation Efforts for Community and Development, Uganda


The world, as we are experiencing it, is in transition because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The crisis has engulfed every aspect of life forcing a re-evaluation of policies, priorities and practices. This viewpoint proposes that community embedded values inherent in some Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) practices could be used in the rebuilding of a post-COVID world. It contends that mere digitalisation of content will not suffice. We need to adopt an approach that considers situated and intergenerational thought and practice. We need to create a world that draws on indigenous knowledge practices and fuses these with the wonders of modern technology and multi-stakeholder interactions. Examples of community projects in Africa and India are used to point to how ESD practitioners could innovate and radically reorient learning environments.


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eISSN: 2411-5959
print ISSN: 1810-0333