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White Paper (South Africa): Introduction Of Environmental Education And Outcomes-Based Education Into The Educational Curriculum

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White Paper (South Africa): Introduction Of Environmental Education And Outcomes-Based Education Into The Educational Curriculum

Abstract

Environmental education is one of the key aspects of life that should not be taken for granted. Hence, it was with great joy that we all embraced the initiative of the South African government when Environmental education was introduced into the South African educational curriculum. It was quite historic because, it marked a shift from the past where Environmental education was marginalized from mainstream, formal education.  

Through the Environmental Education Policy Initiative (EEPI), environmental education was included as a key principle in the government white paper on education and training.

That policy process provided a platform for the establishment of an Environmental Education Curriculum Initiative (EECI) to ensure that environmental concerns form part of the new outcomes-based curriculum (OBE) for South Africa.

Many members of the environmental education community were actively involved in EECI activities and environmental education, as well as OBE were some of the key features at one of the conferences of the Environmental Education Association of Southern Africa (EEASA).

In this article we attempt to highlight the parallels between environmental education and OBE and raise a critical debate around the institutionalization of environmental education in South Africa.

 

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