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Teaching the course on "sustainable development" within the "ecology and nature management" profile of training

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The history of man-nature interactions shows that, the more advanced the human culture, the better the relations with the environment. With the understanding that the culture of the society is, first and foremost, maintained by the educational institutions, one may consider any real education to be an input to sustainable development. And vice versa: practically all failures in social development stem from those in education and training of the people. At present there is no question of whether the ideology of sustainable development should be taught or not. Of course, it should be taught, but with particular responsibility and at the high professional level. With due account to the best home and foreign experience. And basing on the lessons of the past. 'Education is of critical importance for sustainable development' – as time goes on these words from the Agenda 21 become a historic statement rather than political declaration. The above-discussed model of teaching about sustainable development has been elaborated for the ecology and nature management academic profile. However, with certain corrections it could be recommended for other spheres of education and training too.

Keywords: teaching, sustainable development, ecology, nature management, environmental education, training

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