WESSA wins Environmental Sustainability Award at 2017 Eduweek Awards

WESSA is proud to have received the award for Environmental Sustainability at the 2017 Education Week Awards held in Cape Town on Wednesday evening.

The awards, which recognise excellence across the African Education Ecosystem, formed part of the Cape Town EduWeek exhibition and conference held in partnership with the Western Cape Education Department at the Cape Town International Conference Centre this week.

The award reconfirms WESSA’s position as a national leader in environmental education that is investing in youth and facilitating transformation in schools through innovative programmes that offer project-based learning.

The organisation works with schools and teachers throughout South Africa to support and improve school curricula regarding environmental learning, equipping children to live sustainably in the future.  WESSA is the national operator for the international Eco-Schools, Learning About Forests (LEAF) and Young Reporters for the Environment (YRE) programmes. WESSA also implements a national Water and Energy Programme incorporating the Water Explorer Project, and the Entrepreneurial and Environmental Empowerment for South African Youth (EEESAY) Project, in partnership with Teach A Man To Fish.  All WESSA’s schools programmes are aligned to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity.





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Caption:  Lorraine McGibbon from the WESSA Schools Programme (centre), with Provincial Minister (MEC) for Education Western Cape Ms Debbie Schäfer and Brian Schreuder, Superintendent General (Head of Department), Western Cape Education Department.


About WESSA:

WESSA implements effective environmental, ecotourism, education and youth development programmes throughout South Africa.  The organisation improves the school curriculum through education for sustainable development and provide critical work skills training, which creates job opportunities and sustainable livelihoods in local communities. WESSA’s environmental initiatives contribute towards the restoration of ecosystems, while their Blue Flag, Green Key and Green Coast ecolabels support tourism growth and development by encouraging responsible tourism practices and the improved management of our coastline.  For more information visit www.wessa.org.za


About WESSA’s schools programme:

The Eco-Schools Programme is an international programme of the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE) that was developed to support environmental learning in the classroom, with the aim to create awareness and action around environmental sustainability in schools and their surrounding communities as well as supporting Education for Sustainable Development in the national curriculum.


EEESAY (Entrepreneurial and Environmental Empowerment for South African Youth) is a WESSA partnership with Teach A Man To Fish.  This intensely practical project provides step-by-step experiential learning on how to identify business opportunities, apply sound business planning and then implement robust business plans to generate a profit.


LEAF (Learning About Forests) encourages environmental education through awareness raising among learners, teachers and communities to increase knowledge about the key role forests play for a sustainable life on our planet. Linked to our South African heritage, LEAF collaborates with schools to reconnect with, learn about, be inspired by and take ownership of our natural woodlands and man-made forests.


YRE (Young Reporters for the Environment) aims to enable our youth to take a stand for their local social and environmental issues through the media of writing, photography or video. It creates a productive space for South African youth to reimagine and craft a sustainable and environmentally just future, while developing skills to make a positive contribution to redress environmental injustices. YRE is a creative, participatory, multidisciplinary, nurturing, action and solution-oriented, and fun space for young like-minded individuals and groups.


The Water & Energy Programme includes the Water Explorer Project which encourages learners between the ages of 8 and 14 to take positive and powerful action to save water through fun, interactive water saving ‘Missions’.



For more information contact:

Catherine Ritchie, WESSA Marketing & Communications Manager

Tel 021 701 1397   Cell 082 321 2794   Email communications@wessa.co.za


Donavan Fullard, Head: WESSA Schools Programme
Tel 011 462 5663   Cell 076 790 4989   Email Donavan.Fullard@wessa.co.za


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