The Fundisa for Change programme’s mandate has gained significance concerning two recent policy developments:
- South Africa’s commitment to the Sustainable Development Goals; and
- South African DHET’s revised Minimum Requirements for Teacher Education.
These policies focus on integrating Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) into the minimum requirements for teacher education. These policy developments position the Fundisa for Change professional learning community as a multi-disciplinary, cross-cutting structure capable of contributing directly to the need for a cross-cutting intervention to strengthen ESD and the environmental learning focus in teacher education.
The Fundisa for Change Programme directly addresses Sustainable Development Goal 4 (SDG 4), which focuses on quality education. SDG 4 indicates that including sustainable development in education is necessary for achieving relevant, quality education. Specifically, Target 4.7 of SDG 4 requires all governments to:
By 2030, ensure that all learners acquire the knowledge and skills needed to promote sustainable development, including, among others, through education for sustainable development and sustainable lifestyles, human rights, gender equality, promotion of a culture of peace and non-violence, global citizenship and appreciation of cultural diversity and culture’s contribution to sustainable development.
Additionally, there is clear recognition that education (Goal 4) is also required for the realisation of all other sustainable development goals and citizens worldwide need to engage with this.