The EfS Programme

Who is involved

The Education for Sustainability (EfS) programme was developed and managed by ELIA-Ecological Living In Action in collaboration with the Bureau of Catholic Education (BEC) from 2011. Since July 2015 the programme has moved to EARTHwise Centre based in Mauritius. The progamme is open to all schools in Mauritius.

The programme started in 2011 for the 18 Catholic secondary schools in Mauritius (see map included) and was funded until 2013 by Omnicane Foundation. Funding for the EfS programme 2014-2018 comes from Terra FoundationInvestec Bank (Mauritius) Ltd, and the Australian High Commission in Mauritius since 2015. Terra Foundation is sponsoring the participation of BPS Fatima College in Goodlands, Investec Bank (Mauritius) Ltd is sponsoring the participation of St Mary’s College in Rose-Hill, and the Australian High Commission is sponsoring the participation of Loreto College Curepipe.

The schools that are currently participating in the EfS programme are: Loreto College Curepipe (LCC), St Mary’s College Rose-Hil, BPS Fatima College Goodlands, and Westcoast International Primary School (WIPS).

What has been achieved so far

The positive impact of the EfS programme, since 2011 has been as follows:

  • 18 secondary schools that are part of the BEC network have been exposed to ecological literacy and the fundamentals of sustainability education;
  • About 70 teachers have been trained in ecological literacy development, systems thinking, learning and development for sustainability education, and ecological footprint analysis (4 to 5 teachers in each of the 18 secondary schools);
  • Each of the 18 schools had an EfS mentor and has participated in the EfS training sessions. 10 EfS mentors of the 3 EfS focus schools have received in-depth training in EfS principles and methodologies, including training in systems thinking and system dynamics application, pedagogy for ecological literacy development, ecological footprint analysis, climate change and sustainable development, and communication and engagement for EFS.
  • Some 12,000 students have been engaged in the programme in one way or another;
  • Teachers and students innovated and took initiatives during the EfS activities: The students started the ‘Eco-Agents’ initiatives to raise awareness and create engagement for sustainability actions at student level, paperless surveys have been developed and are now implemented at school levels, students and teachers are working together in the separation of waste and application of the 4Rs (reduce, reuse, recycle, repurpose), composting, rainwater harvesting, setting-up of medicinal and vegetable gardens, and more.
  • Teaching as school level has become less academic and more experiential with project & action-based research.
  • Many new collaborations have been formed within and between schools, nationally and internationally.
  • An EfS Charter and Pledge was developed for the programme in collaboration with the EfS focus schools in 2013, which was signed in February 2014 by the BEC network and the Catholic secondary schools in Mauritius and the Bishop of Mauritius Mgr Maurice E. Piat,
  • The EfS programme has been presented at various international conferences and national workshops, and received national and international recognition through the recent publication: Education for Sustainability – the case of Catholic Secondary Schools in Mauritius. (2014). Studies in Applied Pedagogy, 3 (special issue). The EfS programme will also feature in the upcoming book 2017 published by Bloomsbury: Education in South Asia and the Indian Ocean Islands, by Series Editor Prof. Colin Brock (University of Durham).
  • This EfS online learning and collaboration platform was officially launched by the Dr Honourable Vasant K. Bunwaree, former Minister of Education and Human Resources, on 18 June 2014.
  • Engagement and support for the EfS programme continues to grow with new teachers and students joining.
  • The programme is receiving growing attention nationally and internationally for its innovative potentials and results, especially through the strong emphasis on the EfS competencies development of teachers and students.

Programme Sponsors

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