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Environmental education

is essential for building the

type of ecological

knowledge and

understanding that’s

required to support

South Africa’s sustainable

growth and development.

There is an urgent need for human

capacity development, education and

job creation within the environmental

sector to ensure future employment

opportunities and equality. We’re

striving to meet this need by delivering

training, education and skills

development programmes that provide

environmental education to primary

school learners, accredited education

for school leavers, training for municipal

workers and internships for rural

university graduates.

Addressing South Africa’s education

crisis through our schools programme

South Africa’s education system is

under severe pressure. It is critical that

those who are to be part of the active

economic population within the next

generation need to understand the

environment, the dangers it faces, and

how to explore the best way for

South Africans to live sustainably.

Through the schools programme, we’re

supporting schools in effectively

integrating environmental knowledge

into the current Curriculum Assessment

Policy Statements (CAPS).

Research shows that in almost all

CAPS subjects, over 50% of the content

is environmental in nature. We work

with teachers and educators throughout

South Africa to support environmental

learning in schools. This support, which

includes accredited training, is aimed

at assisting teachers to reach a higher

level of understanding in order to

develop lesson plans that will

effectively communicate this knowledge

to the learners.

Our support is divided into two

projects under the schools programme

banner: WESSA Eco-Schools and the


“We must work together to invest in education and

training and skills development to achieve our vision

of a skilled and capable workforce to support an

inclusive growth path.’’

Dr B.E Nzimande

Minister of Higher Education and Training, launch of the National Skills Development Strategy III, 2010.

“South Africa’s official unemployment rate rose to

25.5% in the second quarter of 2014, up 25.2% in the

first quarter, according to Statistics South Africa.

While 70% of South Africa’s unemployed are younger

than 35, unemployment among graduates sits at

about 5.2%. This shows the impact education and

skills development can have on the labour market.

Not surprisingly, corporate South Africa is keen to

put its CSI spend to good use in this sector.”

Gillian Klawansky

P76, CSI magazine supplement to Business Times, October 2014.