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education, science and culture. This is

in order to grow universal respect for

justice, the rule of law and human

rights, along with fundamental freedom

as proclaimed in the United Nations

Charter. In 2015 UNESCO appointed us

as a member of the Partner Networks of

the UNESCO Global Action Programme

on Education for Sustainable

Development. We look forward to

strengthening this programme in

southern Africa.


“Education is the most powerful

weapon which you can use to change

the world.” Nelson Mandela

make a commitment to continuously

improve their school’s environmental


The Eco-Schools methodology was

developed in the 1990s, based on the

ISO 14001 Principles of Environmental

Management. These principles were

adapted for schools and provide the

structure for environmental

considerations to be included in all

school management decisions.

The Eco-Schools Programme, which

follows a seven-step framework, helps

learners develop practical, useful

classroom and outdoor everyday skills,

rather than just providing theoretical

information. It also equips them with

environmental knowledge for their

future careers.

WESSA Eco-Schools is making a

positive contribution towards supporting

Education for Sustainable Development

(ESD) in the national curriculum and

improving education in South Africa.

The Eco-Schools Programme is an

opportunity for civil society organisations,

corporates with education and

environment as their CSI focus areas,

and government to collaborate and

address the education crisis currently

threatening development in South Africa.

We’re a founder member of the IUCN

In 1948 we helped found one of the

largest non-government environmental

organisations in the world: the

International Union for Conservation

of Nature (IUCN).

The IUCN works in nature

conservation and the sustainable use

of natural resources. By working with

the IUCN, we’ve implemented a range

of capacity building projects in

Mauritius, Zimbabwe, Botswana,

Lesotho and Swaziland.

Collaboration with UNESCO

The purpose of UNESCO (United

Nations Educational, Scientific and

Cultural Organisation) is to contribute

to peace and security by promoting

international collaboration through

Rural Eco-School tackles local

water issues

Muntuza Primary School is found at

the foot of the southern Drakensberg

in KwaZulu-Natal. It has been part of

the WESSA Eco-Schools Programme

since 2009, and by 2014 had worked

its way to Platinum Level status.

Because of the school’s location,

water has always been an issue.

The nearby township of Wembezi

occasionally runs out of water and the

school wanted to become independent

of the municipal supply.

It has now learnt permaculture