The objective of the search in South Africa, will be two-fold:
• To identify 7 schools in the Water Explorer network and others that demonstrate sustainability in all spheres of the school environment: teaching, learning and management and support them to further develop and upscale a sustainability project of their choice.
• At the same time support will be offered to mentor and support at least 25 schools on their quest to become more sustainable through the Water Explorer programme.

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Implemented in

  • Africa
  • South Africa

Sector of activity
Education

Type of initiative
Education & Awareness Raising

Budget
100000 US$

Start date
25/10/2019

Shared by

Bridget Ringdahl

Programme Manager Water Explorer/Global Search for Sustainable Schools

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Objectives

Project objective(s) and outcome
There has been a history of sustainability education in South African Schools over the past 16 years, namely through the implementation of the International Eco-Schools programme, Edu Plant and more recently the International Water Explorer Programme. Thus, with these already established networks of schools that have been practicing sustainability education for up to 16 years in some cases, we already have a network of schools that will be good candidates for the GSS search.
The objective of the search in South Africa, will be two-fold:
• To identify 7 schools that demonstrate sustainability in all spheres of the school environment: teaching, learning and management and support them to further develop and upscale a sustainability project of their choice.
• At the same time support will be offered to mentor and support at least 20 schools on their quest to become more sustainable through their Water Explorer programme. Mentoring will involve supporting schools with sustainability education topics. We have adopted a ‘Work together, work away approach” whereby schools receive intensive one-on-one support with an experienced facilitator who co-teaches a lesson on a particular issue and assists the team to start the relevant action project, sustain it and plan for the next activity. Schools are required to continue with their efforts in their ‘away’ time and will be re-visited if there has been progress. In most instances these schools are in rural and under-resourced areas. We have found this method to be effective in helping to develop the correct knowledge and understanding around a particular issue for both teacher and learners as well as helping the school to, in most cases implement a meaningful change around it. Through this platform of support at least 25 schools will be receiving up to 4 one-on-one support visits over the project duration. It will also provide an opportunity for these schools to apply for the GSS Up-scaling project grant. Note that it will not only be these 20 schools that will be offered the opportunity to apply, but all schools within the Environmental Education networks will be given the opportunity to apply to be potentially selected as one of the top 5.

Therefore, through this 2-pronged approach to the GSS we will be able to report on more than simply our 5 top schools, but we will also be able to report on another 20 where sustainability education and practices are being improved. In line

Activities

As collected through the One Planet Reporting

Output level

Outreach and communication for SCP

  • WE/GSS Newsletters : 21/5/2019; 8/5/2019; 6/8/2019; 13/09/2019

Training for SCP

  • The Global Search for Sustainable Schools/Water Explorer Celebratory South Africa Event
  • GSS Africa Exchange Workshop

Outcome level

SCP changes in practice

  • Supporting schools with Sustainability learning and action

Impact and Results

25 schools are supported in the implementation of education for sustainable development through action-based learning projects of the Water Explorer Programme and others with 7 exemplary schools being selected and supported to implement up-scale projects.
Support Namibian and Ugandan exchange visit to South Africa
Attendance of 2 International Workshops
Best practice” schools guide/case study report and Carbon reduction savings as per activities of schools

Next steps and how to get involved

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