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WESSA Eco-Schools

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. The programme is active in 64 countries around the world and has been implemented in South Africa since 2003 by WESSA. The programme is aimed at creating awareness and action around environmental sustainability in schools and their surrounding communities as well as supporting ESD (Education for Sustainable Development) in the national curriculum. With over 50% of the content in some CAPS subjects being environmental in nature, Eco-Schools makes a positive contribution towards improving education in South Africa.


Since 2003 more than 10 229 schools across all nine provinces have participated in the programme, reaching 400 000 learners and 16 000 teachers. The programme accredits schools that make a commitment to continuously improve their school’s environmental performance. 

The Eco-Schools programme is operational in both supported and unsupported schools:

Supported schools
Where WESSA has received funding to support a cluster of schools in a specific area, we are able to offer support to the school through a dedicated staff member. Funding varies from province to province, as does the specific requirements of the funder.  Schools supported within a funded cluster are required to pay the programme registration fees to cover the cost of materials and also to show their commitment to the programme.

Unsupported schools
Where no funding has been secured in a specific area, support is provided to Eco-Schools via via email and telephone communications. Unsupported schools are invited to attend workshops where geographically suitable, or they may choose to self-fund transport costs for a person to run a workshop for them at their school.

Contact details

Donavan Fullard, Schools Programme Manager
Tel 011 462 5663
Cell 076 790 4989


Registration queries contact

Thobile Nzimande
Tel 033 330 3931 ext 2155

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