This policy report discusses opportunities to enhance open schooling and make it sustainable, based on evidence from the CONNECT project.
Open schooling means “schools, in cooperation with other stakeholders, becoming agents of community; wellbeing shall be promoted; families should be encouraged to become real partners in school life and activities; professionals from enterprises and civil and wider society should actively be involved in bringing real life projects to the classroom.” (EU, 2018)
Our assumption is that the longstanding promotion of open schooling, by the European Union and its related projects in this area, has been vindicated, both as a result of the current pandemic and the need to address climate change.
In respect of climate change, there is clearly a need to prioritise behaviour change. This includes socially responsible action and a shift away from technology as a driver of change to change as a driver of technology.
The world needs young people to become socially and environmentally responsible citizens, but the current education system is simply repeating the messages of the past and preparing for business as usual.
The imagination of young people in education needs, therefore, to be fed by relevant and responsible scenarios, as a basis for action in climate change, biodiversity, and other relevant fields, rather than simply teaching them abstract science concepts without real world contexts.