The International Support Network for African Development (ISNAD-Africa) is implementing the Environmental Education Programme (EEP) to empower African youth to leverage the high enthusiasm, technology savvy, resilience, and exploratory spirit of the youth in conceptualising and implementing innovative local environmental solutions in Africa.
The ISNAD-Africa is a UNEP-accredited non-governmental organisation that is committed to raising global and multi-stakeholder support for green growth in Africa.
ISNAD-Africa operates a network of more than 1,500 green growth professionals, researchers, youths, students and enthusiasts from over 100 countries across the globe.
Through the programme, ISNAD-Africa empowers secondary school students in African nations:
a) to identify environmental challenges and needs in their locality to enable green growth;
b) to develop solutions to the identified problems and needs through critical thinking and the application of previously acquired knowledge from subjects in secondary school, gain hands-on experience in implementing their ideas, as hands-on projects, supported through mentorship by international experts, peer learning through group projects,
share their projects with secondary school students, experts from across the globe, partnering organizations among other stakeholders across the globe, and
c) to initiate and run student-led environmental sustainability clubs, “EcoHeroes”.
The 2021 edition of the programme builds on the successful pilot case implementation of the programme in Nigeria, South Africa, Kenya, Cameroon, and Uganda in 2018, 2019 and 2020/2021.
While ISNAD-Africa will not be responsible for the operation and finance of the clubs, we will provide technical support, monthly / quarterly meetings, as well as share possible opportunities with the clubs.
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The programme seeks to provide youth with action competencies that will enable them to develop capacity and long-term commitment to sustainability for everyday life, career engagement or voluntary service as environmentalists or influencers for the environment at the local and international levels.
1. Each secondary school will be represented by a team comprising of at least five (5) students and a coordinating teacher (more students and teachers are allowed depending on the nature of their project).
2. Organisations who work directly with secondary school students may also apply.
3. Each team is expected to identify environmental challenges and needs that are linked to nature conservation in their communities covering water scarcity, renewable energy and protection of biodiversity, marine life, freshwater life, wildlife conservation, threatened ecosystem and propose an idea of how they could address the challenge or meet the need.
4. Only innovative projects that are linked to nature conservation will be considered. Innovative ideas that connect nature conservation with other themes of development and livelihood including outdoor activities are strongly encouraged.
5. The selected schools will be required to sustaining each team as a club, “EcoHeroes” which could admit more students to sustain the project and continue to engage on environmental sustainability in the long term.
Each selected team will receive;
a) Support from international and local experts as technical advisors to refine and help with the implementation of the project through quality mentorship and advisory.
b) Capacity development through critical thinking, hands-on project implementation, online webinar presentation and training.
c) Up to USD 500 funding for the implementation of the project idea for all selected teams.
d) Certificate of participation.
e) Opportunity to share their projects with other secondary school students across the globe.
f) Leverage on the global visibility and publicity of ISNAD-Africa, and World Wild Fund for Nature (WWF).
At the completion of the projects, monetary awards will be awarded to the three “EcoHeroes” Clubs that are most innovative and impactful to support the operation of their clubs after the completion of their projects sponsored within EEP.
The implementation of the projects should be between 3-6 months.
Deadline for applications: Friday, October 15, 2021 at 11:59HRS GMT+1.
For more information, please visit https://isnad-africa.org/environmental-education-programme-eep-2/