Introducing the UN Sustainable Development Goals in Schools in South Eastern Europe (SEEDLING)

Introducing the UN Sustainable Development Goals in Schools in South Eastern Europe (SEEDLING)

Source of funding


Name of client/donor

Austrian Development Agency

Overall project value

EUR 1,400,000


November 2015 – October 2018

Beneficiary countries

Albania | Bosnia and Herzegovina | Kosovo* | Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia | Moldova | Montenegro | Serbia

Number of staff


The SEEDLING project aims to strengthen education, capacity building and awareness raising on the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the countries of South Eastern Europe (SEE) by incorporating the SDGs into national school curricula and by promoting regional cooperation and networking among decision makers, educators and teachers. Moldova is included in the project, with the aim of transferring knowledge and experience from the SEE region.

The goal is to build the capacities of relevant institutions, teachers and students towards an understanding of the SDGs and their implementation in the coming period, and to enhance cross-border cooperation between institutions in the field of education for sustainable development (ESD) in SEE (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo*, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro and Serbia).

* This designation is without prejudice to positions on status, and is in line with UNSCR 1244 and the ICJ Opinion on the Kosovo declaration of independence.

The project will directly involve around 70 policy makers/legislators from ministries of education and other relevant educational institutions in the beneficiary countries, and approximately 700 experts, educators, teachers and students in secondary education. Bearing in mind the number of secondary schools and vocational education and training (VET) schools in the target countries (over 1,000 schools and 470,000 students), as well as the potential involvement of families and the general public, the project will have an extremely wide outreach.

Activities implemented during the three-year project are divided into three clusters:

• institutional strengthening and supporting national and international institutional networking;

• developing an online educational tool and building the capacities of teachers and educators; and

• increasing students’ knowledge about job creation opportunities.

  • Assessments
  • Capacity building and training
  • Cooperation
  • Knowledge transfer
  • Grant programme
  • Events organisation

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