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Vision, Mission & Principles


EFS Vision

Our vision is for Schools to facilitate value-based education where relationships between people, and between people and the natural world, are central to preparing students to participate in and contribute to a flourishing, equitable and sustainable society in meaningful and empowering ways.


EFS Mission

  • Providing values-based quality education that is transformative and future-oriented.
  • Adopting a systems thinking and holistic approach to education.
  • Providing a healthy and engaging learning environment, indoors and outdoors, for ecological literacy.
  • Measuring and where necessary reducing the ecological footprint of our School.
  • Supporting our School to become a Learning Community through partnership and collaboration for EFS.

EFS Charter & Pledge signed by

St Mary’s College Rose-Hill, Loreto College Curepipe, BPS Fatima Goodlands, the Bureau of Catholic Education (BEC), ELIA-Ecological Living In Action, the Bishop of Mauritius Mgr Maurice E. Piat.

Education for Sustainability Principles

All education is education for sustainability

The primary reason for education is to guide people to live sustainably on the planet. Education for sustainability is based on the thinking that all education needs to prepare people how to contribute to a flourishing, equitable and sustainable society and future.

Systems Thinking & Holistic Approach

Sustainability issues are complex and can only be understood and addressed by using a systemic and holistic approach. Through Systems Thinking we learn to recognize system behavior, hidden connections, interdependence, and networks of relationships. Holistic education values the interconnectedness between academic, physical, emotional, creative, and spiritual development.

Experiential Learning in and from Nature

Nature provides the teachings of the eco-system principles that sustain all life on our planet. Learning in and from Nature grounds these insights in direct personal experience in a way that opens our minds and hearts to the wonders of Nature, and respect for its intelligence and design.

Education in Dialogue with Place

By contextualizing learning in dialogue with a place, we learn to develop relationships of care and stewardship for the places in which we live, learn and work. Place-based education grounds us to get in touch with the reality of what is happening around and between us. Through this we start to see and realize our role and response to the sustainability issues that we are part of. This further promotes development and employment of local ecological solutions to these issues (where possible) and in a way that stimulates creative innovative thinking and entrepreneurship.

Schools as Learning Communities

The EFS programme supports schools to become learning communities and communities of practice for sustainability. In this way learning for sustainability takes place at every level of the school system and the EFS principles become embedded within the school system and culture.

The Education for Sustainability Charter & Pledge

The EFS Charter and Pledge was developed by ELIA-Ecological Living In Action in collaboration with the BEC and the EFS Schools – St Mary’s College Rose-Hill, Loreto College Curepipe, and BPS Fatima Goodlands. You can download this sample to adjust this to your school.

Download the EFS Charter & Pledge Sample

Download here the EFS Charter & Pledge that was signed by the EFS Catholic secondary schools, including St Mary’s College Rose-Hill, Loreto College Curepipe, and BPS Fatima Goodlands.

Download the EFS Charter & Pledge from the EFS Schools
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