is essential for building the
type of ecological
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
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.”
P76, CSI magazine supplement to Business Times, October 2014.