Chapter 8: Sustainability in Finnish craft education: United Nations Sustainable Development Goals of the 2030 Agenda as a frame for an overview
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In Finland, sustainability has been for decades one of the leading themes in the national core curriculum and also in craft education. In Finland, crafts is a standard school subject, in which learning by doing has been the distinctive feature of the implementation of the core curriculum since the Finnish school system was established. Learning, living, and working in a changing world challenges us to redesign our educational contents and practices to extend the boundaries of traditional learning but also to maintain the traditions and skills that have travelled with humanity for many millennia. As a result, changes in culture, production and consumption have also challenged craft education. Thereby, this article will present some examples of how to teach sustainability through craft in light of recent theories of sustainable craft and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals 2030. In crafts sustainability begins from materials and environment but can ultimately turn into holistic understanding of crafting as a lifestyle and a viable alternative for a sustainable future.

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