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Online Course: Digital Learning for Youth and Adults in Forcibly Displaced Communities

Dates: 2 November - 20 December 2023

Build your expertise in digital learning programmes by taking this free online course on 'Digital Learning for Youth and Adults in Forcibly Displaced Communities'!

In the run up to the Global Refugee Forum 2023, UNHCR, UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning, The Open University UK, and the Connected Learning in Crisis Consortium are introducing their first-ever course to promote critical, participatory, and inclusive digital learning for forcibly displaced people. Dive into 12 engaging hours across 4 Units and earn a certificate of participation and badge to show your learning!

View the course flyer or learn more on the course page here.

Join Free Online Courses 'Learning for a Sustainable Future' and 'Live at COP28'

How should we take positive action towards a sustainable future? RCE Scotland, in partnership with the University of Edinburgh and the British Council, have created two free, short, facilitated online courses; ideal for anyone interested in sustainability and of particular interest to educators.

  • Learning for a Sustainable Future (starting 23 October)
    Climate change, gender equality, health, social equity, and inclusion are issues that affect us all, impacting human and wider planetary well-being. How to live a sustainable life affects – and connects – everyone. Join RCE Scotland on a personal and professional learning journey towards a sustainable future. Taking a personalised issue-based approach, this free, 5-week, facilitated course supports you to reflect, investigate, discuss and develop an informed personal response to major contemporary challenges faced today. Sign up here.
  • Learning for a Sustainable Future: Live at COP28 (starting 30 November)
    Explore global issues during COP28 and be part of the call for collective action. Find out more about the key international frameworks that support action on climate change, and explore national and international responses to the conference themes from children and young people, community groups, and ministerial bodies. Engage in community discussion and share your perspectives and ideas for the future. Sign up here.

Participants can sign up at any time, however those enrolling before 26 November for the 'Learning for a Sustainable Future' and 14 December for 'Live at COP28' course, will be entitled to a free certificate.

(Image credit: The University of Edinburgh)

New Sustainability: Think, Care, Do Microcredential Opening Soon

Open to any interested RCEs members and their students in March, Sustainability: Think, Care, Do is a new short microcredential. Developed by WesternX, this course aims to develop your sustainability thinking skills, values, conversations and knowledge to enable you to be the change you want to see in the world. In completing this course, you will become part of a global learning community of like-minded peers, learn more about the SDGs and receive a digital microcredential from Western Sydney University.

Sustainability: Think, Care, Do introduces learners to the building blocks for sustainability and unpacks the driving concepts of the Anthropocene, including resilience, sustainable development, and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals 2030 agenda (SDGs). The learning also covers the critical and reflective capabilities and systems and complexity thinking, needed to understand global issues and enable us to work towards a better future.

Whether you are situated in Australia or anywhere across the world, this short course is open to any interested RCE members and colleagues, or your affiliated university staff and students. The structure of the course provides self-paced flexibility with two live workshops planned to connect with your peers. It will be offered free of charge to RCE members in 2023, and upon completion of the course you will receive a branded microcredential from Western Sydney University (Australia).

The first international cohort commences on the 20 March, 2023. Visit the WesternX page to ‘join’ here.  

The course requires a 30-hour time commitment over a 6-week period (20 March – 30 April 2023) and a basic level of English. Learners will be asked to complete a number of reflective tasks throughout and to apply their newfound knowledge to a small project to achieve their digital credential. Learn more by watching an introductory video below.

Free Online Course: Learning for a Sustainable Future

The University of Edinburgh, in partnership with 'Learning for Sustainability Scotland' (RCE Scotland) and the British Council, with input from Education Scotland, are delighted to be offering a free online course, 'Learning for a Sustainable Future’, from 14 March, 2022.  

This five-week course is designed for and open to anyone with an interest in, or remit for, sustainability, to learn more. The course is supported by skilled facilitators and has an additional strand for those working in formal or informal education, who want to bring some of the activities and issues covered in the course into their own practice. Engagement and time commitment are both flexible. Full details, including how to register, are available here.  

Online Course: Self-directed Emotional Learning for Empathy and Kindness (SEEK)

The UNESCO Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Education for Peace and Sustainable Development (MGIEP) and Life University (USA) are inviting the world’s youth to enroll for Self-directed Emotional Learning for Empathy and Kindness (SEEK) – an online course that cultivates skills such as empathy, mindfulness, and compassion so youth are well-equipped to contribute towards the development of peaceful and sustainable societies. Learn more 

Learning for a Sustainable Future - two free to access short courses for COP26

The University of Edinburgh, in partnership with 'Learning for Sustainability Scotland' (RCE Scotland, acknowledged by the United Nations University), and the British Council, with input from Education Scotland, have developed two free to access Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) as contributions to COP26.

'Learning for a Sustainable Future: Live' is a five-week course beginning on 4th October, 2021. It is a great opportunity for anyone, anywhere who is interested in sustainability, to learn more. It will also be of particular interest to those involved in communicating sustainability issues, and formal and informal sustainability education.

Engagement and time commitment are both flexible, and the course is available to join here. The course will remain open until mid-January, and will also run again in Spring 2022.

'Learning for a Sustainable Future: Live at COP26' is a two-week course, beginning 31st October, 2021, which runs in parallel with the COP26 conference, offering you an opportunity to examine what COP26 is, why it’s important and reflect on how you can add your voice to the call for collective action for a sustainable future.

The course begins by exploring the history and journey to COP26, the relationship with the current Biodiversity COP, and key international frameworks such as the UN Sustainable Development Goals. It aims to share some of the creative and educational responses being developed by local communities, groups, global partnerships and schools as well as bringing some of the high level International, political discussions and outputs as they happen. Participants are invited to bring stories and issues to this course to learn and share with and from one another, and potentially to commit to some form of action, whatever that might be.

Engagement and time commitment are both flexible, and the course is available to join here. The content will remain open, free and accessible as a legacy resource beyond COP26.

Click here for a trailer for both courses, and additional related opportunities. 

And click here for the FutureLearn trailer on 'Learning for a sustainable future: Live at COP26’.

Learning for a Sustainable Future and Live at the COP Courses

How to live a sustainable life affects – and connects – us all, educators and everyone with an interest in sustainability. Join a personal and professional global learning journey towards a sustainable future.

Enrol now for the free online course by the University of Edinburgh, RCE Scotland and the British Council, starting 4 October, 2021 and live during the UN COP26 Climate Conference.

Take a look at the trailer or view the course website for more details. 

Free Certification Course on Climate Change from MGIEP

The UNESCO Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Education for Peace and Sustainable Development (MGIEP) is offering a free, self-paced interactive course focusing on the role of emotions in the context of climate change, through discussions, reflections, simulations, games, and other interactive activities. The course is designed for middle school students and teachers to acquire a range of social and emotional competencies to deal with climate change and act towards building a more sustainable future. Read more

Universitas Gadjah Mada Virtual Summer Courses 2021

In 2021, Universitas Gadjah Mada (UGM) is offering several interdisciplinary summer course programmes on a number of topics, under the main theme of the SDGs. The programmes gather international lecturers and students around the world to share their expertise, discuss, and learn from others on certain thematic issues regarding sustainability. Students from all over the world are encouraged to participate in these programs, not only to gain knowledge from the theoretical point of view, but also to discuss and share insight about current issues, as well as the opportunity to gain first-hand experiences from experts in the related fields. View the programme details here

Apply: Youth Leadership Workshop on Global Citizenship Education (GCED)

The Asia-Pacific Centre of Education for International Understanding (APCEIU) invites young people to join the 7th Youth Leadership Workshop on GCED. This year’s workshop will empower youth leaders by equipping them with critical media and information literacy competencies that are essential in this digital era. 


  • The workshop will be held online in June-July 2021.  
  • Eligible candidates are youth leaders actively engaged in GCED and/or media, who were born between 1993 and 2002, and are citizens of UNESCO Member States and official development assistance (ODA) recipient countries.  
  • Potential participants must also complete the e-learning course ‘GCED for Youth’ on the GCED Online Campus website by 21 May 2021.  
  • Applications must be submitted online by 23 May 2021. 

Further details are available here.

Professional Learning Programs for Educators in EFS/ESD

RCE Greater Burlington partners Shelburne Farms and University of Vermont are excited to be offering EFS/ESD summer professional learning opportunities for K-12 educators and non-formal and community-based educators.  Scholarships are available for program fees and graduate credits are offered at a discounted rate.

Online Summer Programs in 2021:
Education for Sustainability Immersion:  For those who already have a strong foundation in Education for Sustainability, this month-long program will provide you with the opportunity to reflect, learn, and collaborate with a group of colleagues from across the country. Offered with University of Vermont.

Foundations in Education for Sustainability: Together we’ll deepen our understanding of social-ecological systems, consider strategies for youth voice and agency, and practice change-making skills to transform the systems in which we work.  Offered with University of Vermont.

Local Action, Global Impact: the Sustainable Development Goals in My Neighborhood: A deep dive into the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Investigate this framework and apply the Global Goals to local, regional, and global contexts.

Details are available here.

Training Opportunity for RCE Networks: Build Your Story Intelligence to More Effectively Lead SDG Initiatives

This story skills workshop series introduces the 7 Powers of Story and how to effectively draw upon these to become a formidable, persuasive leader who can effectively engage communities to embrace the changes we need to make to create a more sustainable world.

Over seven weeks (starting on 28 January 28, 2021, 12:00-13:30 EST), the sessions will include short lectures, engaging exercises, and interactive learning and sharing within smaller groups.

The workshop is free for leaders, faculty, and students affiliated with any RCE worldwide. Further information and registration details are available here.

UNESCO's Global Skills Academy

UNESCO has launched the Global Skills Academy offering free and high-quality online trainings from members of the Global Education Coalition. Under the project "Skills for a Resilient Youth in the Era of COVID-19 and Beyond", the Academy aims to equip one million young persons with employability and resilience skills to help them find jobs during the looming recession due to COVID-19. The Academy will operate through a matching process facilitated by UNEVOC, UNESCO’s global network for institutions specialised in Technical and Vocational Education and Training. Detailed information about available trainings will be shared with the 250 UNEVOC Centres in more than 160 Member States. The Centres will identify interested participants and connect them to the Coalition members’ training platforms. Visit the website here.

Fundamentals of Lifelong Learning and Adult Education

This initiative from UNESCO Bangkok, provides free access to 11 modules with 30 short videos on the topic of lifelong learning. Access it here.

Online Course: Voices of Youth – Youth Advocacy for GCED

Offered by APCEIU, this course aims to provide base knowledge and practical skills in youth advocacy to enhance the capacities of youth activists and to inspire potential young leaders to effectively promote GCED at local and global levels.

Application Period: 17 July - 29 August 2018

Learning Period: 03 September - 30 September 2018

For more information or to apply, click here.

Photo credit: GCED Online Campus


Since the first Earth Summit (1972) and the famous Brundtland report (1987), the notions of environment and sustainable development refer to socially acute questions. Climate change, energy transition, biodiversity preservation, inequalities and poverty reduction constitute real social issues. We can not stay indifferent anymore. Read more


The "Causes and challenges of climate change" MOOC, made and coordinated by UVED, aims at explaining the climate change, giving the learners enough elements to conduct a personal reflection about it. Read more


The MOOC "Biodiversity" was made and coordinated by UVED. Its objective is to enable the learners to better understand the biodiversity and its issues in terms of human and territorial development (culture, health, city, agriculture,...). Read more


Satisfying our basic needs while breaking with the dominant linear logic of « extracting, manufacturing, consuming, throwing » which generates an irrational exploitation of the resources of our planet and a deep disturbance of the biosphere system : here is the objective of the circular economy. Read more


Understand the problems cities face and learn how they can be resolved with ethical solutions.


This free MOOC, starting September 12, will allow participants gain a better understanding of how ecosystems function and identify potential solutions to environmental problems inspired in part by the complex dynamics of ecosystems.


This course aims to equip participants with the fundamental tools for designing and analysing evidence-based research. Deadline for the Spring Programme is in December 2016.


Policy and economic measures as tools for local and regional sustainable development by MASHAV - Israel’s Agency for International Development Cooperation and the Weitz Center for Sustainable Development. October 25 - November 17, 2016. 
Registrations are open until August 12.


The United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) has developed a new Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) to address potential knowledge gaps related to changes required from policy-makers and ordinary citizens, to achieve the SDGs. Read more


This course will explore sustainable cities as engines for greening the economy. We place cities in the context of sustainable urban transformation and climate change. Sustainable urban transformation refers to structural transformation processes – multi-dimensional and radical change – that can effectively direct urban development towards ambitious sustainability and climate goals.