The Transformative Education for Sustainability Institute (TESI) was established by Dr. Timothy Bedford in Oulu, Finland. The work of the institute is based on strong sustainability values and principles such as the Earth Charter and Gross National Happiness (GNH).
The institute focuses on 3 main areas of Education for Sustainability:
- Training of teachers as school-based sustainability change agents
- Action research and Education for Sustainability implementation (including Education for Sustainable Development and Education for GNH)
- Educational consultancy and project development for creating sustainable schools
Examples of work so far undertaken in these areas include:
- Teacher training on educational equity and diversity (East Asia 1990-1995)
- Teacher education and curriculum development (Sri Lanka 2002)
- Web-based learning tools for international collobaration on sustainable development education (Nepal 2009-2011) – see South-North School Partnership.
- Distance education and ICT pedagogy for sustainability education (Finland on-going)
- High school courses on sustainable development and documentary filmmaking (Finland, Nepal on-going)
- Transformative Education for Gross National Happiness: A Teacher Action Research project with the Royal Education Council (Bhutan on-going)
- GNH Education Finland (Bhutan, Finland on-going)
From 2015 Courses on Education for Sustainable Development are offered in Oulu by a partner organisation called Communication Matters.