Environmental Education Association of Southern Africa (EEASA) 35th Annual Conference
Maun hosted the annual Environmental Education Association of Southern Africa (EEASA) conference in September this year. The theme of the conference was ‘Enhancing quality education through environment and sustainability in southern Africa’. EEASA was established at an international conference held at Treverton College, South Africa in 1982. EEASA’s members are teachers, conservationists, community and development workers, and its mission is to:
- Provide opportunities for the exchange of ideas and opinions, inter-alia by means of the publication of journal, bulleting newsletters and occasional monographs;
- Promote interdisciplinary as well as multi-disciplinary Environmental Education.
It was the fourth time Botswana has hosted the conference, organised by the National Environmental Education Committee and EEASA Node in Botswana. The conference focused on relevant 21st century environmental degradation solutions that could help enhance the quality of our formal education and informal education practices. Education practices should be able to produce capable learners who are able to contribute effectively in quality decision making and implementing strategies and action items that are purported towards achieving goals for sustainable development. Some of the issues that integrated in the sustainable development goals were as follows: Climate change, poverty, low food security, biodiversity loss and water scarcity, population growth, energy shortage, greening the economy, political instability and social inequality. It was a wonderful opportunity for CITW to participate in the conference, and to see that our programme is on track in terms of the important environmental issues brought up in this conference.