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Acceleration of Sustainable Development Through Eco-Clubs in Schools

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Acceleration of Sustainable Development Through Eco-Clubs in Schools
Case Study Session
Nxumalo Noma-Africa, Dladla Celimpilo L., and Ms Sihlongonyane, RCE Eswatini
9th African Regional RCE Meeting
5-7 August, 2019, Luyengo, Eswatini

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Acceleration of Sustainable Development Through Eco-Clubs in Schools

  1. 1. 2019/08/12 1 ACCELERATION OF SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT THROUGH ECO-CLUBS IN SCHOOLS. Presentation by: Nxumalo Noma-Africa Dladla Celimpilo L. and Ms Sihlongonyane INTRODUCTION This research is based on the acceleration of sustainable development through co-curricular clubs (Eco-clubs) in secondary schools in the Manzini region in Eswatini. Co-curricular Clubs serve to provide an avenue for alternative learning activities, and it is here where Environmental Education could be most enhanced. CO-CURRICULAR CLUBS (CCC) Clubs engage in activities outside the classroom known as co-curricular activities (CCA’s) previously referred to as extra-curricular activities (Oren, 1949). Co-curriculum is sometimes seen as non-academic but formal part of education, with timetable and compulsory sessions and runs alongside the academic curriculum.  Eco-clubs activities need to be treated seriously as they are seen as a means to enhance interaction, leadership, health creation, self- discipline and self-confidence. In addition, they provide a link between the school and the wider community especially when learners go out to work on community projects.  Therefore, all secondary schools in Eswatini should participate in Eco- clubs. Again, in these secondary schools there should be a program which is like a syllabus or manual which will educate learners about environmental education. WHY LEARNERS SHOULD PARTICIPATE.  To gain skills such as conservation skills, recycling skills as well cleaning skills and knowledge about environmental education. This action will enable the learners to use the skills and knowledge gained to accelerate sustainable development. This would lead to more environmental aware learners who will be sensitized towards the environment.
  2. 2. 2019/08/12 2 DESCRIPTION OF THE STUDY  Manzini is a densely populated region of Eswatini,  The research designs employed in this study was descriptive  target population were teachers and high school learners who had already been exposed to Environmental Education through the carrier subjects  The selection of schools in the study area was done using purposive sampling method DESCRIPTION CONT’D  The Survey research instruments used for this study were questionnaires and interviews  The study used primary sources of data. The researchers in the main study personally delivered the questionnaires to schools. RESULTS AND DISCUSSION  At Community level; littering and waste dumping, cutting down trees, poor sewage systems, noise pollution, inadequate deposit tins, burning of plastic waste, lack of awareness, settling on wetlands, poor drainage and charcoal burning. The high rate of littering and waste dumping is caused by lack of environmental awareness which is due to ignorance ESD.  At school level; the respondents identified the following environmental challenges littering and cutting down of trees(construction of school halls) etc.This would have been due to lack of environmental policies in schools to curb littering.
  3. 3. 2019/08/12 3 CLUBS ENVIRONMENTAL CONSERVATION ACTIVITIES ST MICHAELS’ HIGH SCHOOL ECO CLUB ZOMBODZE HIGH SCHOOL ECO CLUB CHALLENGES ENCOUNTERED BY CLUBS IN IMPLEMENTING THEIR ACTIVITIES.  Absenteeism  Non-participation of members  Lack of water for newly planted trees  Members have other commitments  Lack of support from administration of various schools STUDENT’S SUGGESTIONS FOR ENHANCEMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL AWARENESS.  The administration should empower clubs more and should wholly be involved  Schools should enhance debates and lectures on environmental awareness  The learners should be allowed to attend more functions so as to attain more knowledge on the environment  Schools should make it an obligation to host an environment day and introduce environmental studies SUMMARY OF STUDY FINDINGS  This study established environmental problems existing in the study area as littering and waste dumping, cutting down trees, poor sewage systems, noise pollution, burning of plastic waste, lack of awareness, settling on wetlands, poor drainage and charcoal burning.
  4. 4. 2019/08/12 4  study identified possible solutions to the challenges identified and includes: fundraising and seeking solutions from members by encouraging each other, advertising their activities in the school, convince the administration to support club activities, and conduct research RECOMMENDATIONS  The MoET should consider training teachers who will be patrons of various clubs so that they become more knowledgeable on environmental matters and consider rewarding them through promotion for exemplary participation in Eco-club activities.  The MoET need to come up with their specific environmental policy, implement it and ensure all learners belong to at least one environmental club.  The curriculum developers need to amend the curriculum to accommodate clubs and come up with a way of evaluating the clubs and the quality assurance to ensure implementation.  The established constraints need to be addressed appropriately by the relevant authorities who include head teachers, parents, policy makers, MoET and other stalkholders.  In conclusion, the study discovered that most school institutions in Eswatini lack the skills to promote and implement co-curricular clubs such as the Environmental Awareness club since some teachers displayed lack of knowledge about their importance. Again, lack of time for extra-curriculum activities. THANK YOU!!

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