IUBS General Assembly 2007

Education for Sustainability

3:30 PM

Practising Education for Sustainable Development Through
Environmental Action Learning :
A case of Eco-schools programme in Kenya.

Abstract:

The Eco-schools programme in Kenya has proved to be an effective strategy for poverty reduction. Poverty in Kenya is prevalent and manifested through lack of enough food, disease high level of unemployment, lack of access to business credit/loans, Lack of enterprise, un sustainable – project and investment initiatives and the natural resources that have been seriously impacted on by human activities, increasing population pressure and socio-economic activities. The Eco-schools programme uses schools as spring-boards for reaching communities to demonstrate the link between environment development and underdevelopment While addressing poverty related problems, it offers a flexible way of supporting environmental education processes at school level through integrating development experiences with classroom studies and applying sustainability principles and guidelines to the day-to-day running of schools. In this way the Eco-Schools programme assists learners to take action in solving real existing environmental problems while planning in advance to prevent future advent of adverse environmental impacts. Demonstration projects act as a source of income hence alleviating poverty while at the same time creating awareness and providing skills for sustainable resource utilization and conservation.