Compass Education (CE) is a non-profit organisation and network of teachers, school administrators, students and non-formal educators that is registered in the US and based in Thailand. We strive to empower and connect learning communities to educate and act for a sustainable future. We do this through advocating and applying systems thinking and experiential learning pedagogy with the social/organisational and technical/economic aspects of school practice.
The issues and challenges of sustainability cannot be reduced to mere pieces or problems that can be tackled as if they were unconnected to the rest of the world. Sustainability challenges are interconnected and the linkages are often invisible to our eyes and minds. Our young people need new skills and values to make informed decisions, and thus we need to find simple models and approaches to help us understand and address this complexity in more intuitive ways that both children and adults can easily grasp and relate to. It is for this reason that we utilize the Sustainability Compass (“Compass” for short) as an effective tool, framework, thinking lens, and ‘habit of mind’ in educating for a sustainable future. The Sustainability Compass has, as you might guess, has played a pivotal role in the organizational philosophy and approach of Compass Education, even giving us our name. We use the Sustainability Compass as our foundational framework and thinking model for inculcating a systems thinking ‘habit of mind’ in educating for a sustainable future.
Compass Education provides certified training for students, teachers and administrators on using the Sustainability Compass and systems thinking for integrative, big picture issue analysis, innovative problem solving and sustainable action. Systems thinking is the core skill necessary for students to successfully function within our increasingly complex world, and systems thinking is at the core of Compass Education’s tools. We offer three main programmes: