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The ECF4CLIM participatory approach: sharing experiences with teachers

The aim of the ECF4CLIm project is to develop and validate a European Competence Framework (ECF) for transformative change that empowers the educational community to combat climate change and promote sustainable development. To that end, the project employs an innovative hybrid participatory approach grounded in participatory action research and citizen science, that is being applied in various selected schools and universities to co-design the ECF.

Our hybrid participatory approach allows the educational community to jointly identify, understand, assess, and evaluate their own sustainability-related competences and obstacles to improvement. The communities engage in joint deliberation on how to promote sustainable individual and collective behaviours, and to jointly evaluate the outcomes of the learning experience. 


Going beyond our demonstration sites, the project aims to share these approaches with teachers from other educational centres. The Territorial Centre for Innovation and Training Madrid-South (CTIF) organized the course “Schools for Climate. European Sustainability Competence Framework” on the 7-26th February 2024. In this course, the coordinators of the project Ana Prades and Yolanda Lechón from CIEMAT presented and shared with high school teachers from the Autonomous Community of Madrid, some of the tools applied in the project.

In this course we shared with the teachers a useful tool to promote reflection on the conceptions on sustainability and how they may change along the participatory process (or otherwise). The motivational profiles developed by SITRA (Finland) help to identify which kind of motivating factors gets people to make choices that are not only meaningful to them but also environmentally sustainable. The underlying assumption is that, once we understand the motivating factors behind our choices, we can also make sustainable solutions attractive to people who aren’t necessarily motivated by climate change and other sustainability issues.


Through an interactive and very practical session, the teachers learnt about the motivational profiles and, more important, about the possibilities of this tool to generate sustainability awareness and reflection with their students.

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