The Global Search for Sustainable Schools: South Africa Project
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.
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 Recruit and register 25 teams to work on sustainability education projects : complete WE action-based challenges and others Support 25 teams to document their efforts and develop school plans to enter GSS competition for upscaling Select Top 7 teams to implement upscaling plans Support 7 teams with specific workshop Support 7 teams with project development and implementation Top team celebration event Africa Exchange workshop Africa Exchange visit International Exchange 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 Not really
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