Why Fundisa for Change?

Why Fundisa for Change?

a) Teacher Education for Sustainable Futures

The Fundisa [Teaching] for Change teacher education programme has been specially designed to:

  • provide substantive content and orientation to teacher educators who, given the many sustainable development challenges, are increasingly expected to support teachers to ‘teach for sustainable futures’.
  • Promote Education for Sustainable Development as an integral feature of quality education, as outlined in Sustainable Development Goal 4, Target 4.7:  CLICK HERE
  • Develop a deep understanding of the relationship between a healthy environment, human rights, social justice and inclusivity. The SDGs Report 2022 highlights some areas that need urgent actions CLICK HERE

b) Environment and Sustainability in the South African curriculum

  • Like many national curricula around the world, South Africa’s new Curriculum and Assessment Policy Statements (CAPS) are rich in ‘environment and sustainability’ content.
  • The Fundisa for Change course focuses on enhancing three essential aspects of teaching
Do an Internet search for one of the following terms: ‘Environmental Education’, ‘Education for Sustainable Development’ or ‘Climate Change Education’. Have a look at how much of this kind of work is going on in the world around you. Find and share an example of an interesting educational programme or resource that is relevant to your subject.

c) Building a better world

Since the Industrial Revolution began in the late 18th century, ‘development’ has provided humankind with numerous benefits. However, progress has also caused problems, as non-renewable resources have been over-extracted, huge amounts of waste have been created, and pollution has impacted on the health of people and the environment. The Fundisa for Change programme support teachers under understand the global issues to be able to guide such useful processes for building a better world. Some of the words people are using to describe the better world and the ways in which we might build it together – include:
Equity, Sustainability, Resilience, Adaptation and Transformation


1. Find out what the meaning of words: Equity, Sustainability, Resilience, Adaptation and Transformation. 2. For each word, give an example of a social practice that reflects the meaning of the word. 3. Explain the relevance of these words for education in general and your subject in particular.

d) Ensuring environmental sustainability and social justice in South Africa

  • With the drafting of the South African Constitution in 1996, the right to a healthy environment was included in the Bill of Rights. The Constitution focuses not only on present generations, but also on future generations, as it commits the country to managing and protecting its natural resources for both present and future generations.
  • In 1998 the South African Government promulgated the National Environmental Management Act (RSA, 1998). The South African National Curriculum in all its forms (C2005, the NCS and now CAPS) includes a principle that the curriculum should focus on the relationship between a healthy environment, human rights, social justice and inclusivity.

e) What can we do?

All around the planet, people are working together to build a better world. These people are part of a large-scale international environmental / climate action or climate justice movement that is committed to reversing environmental degradation, improving ecosystem health and fast-tracking climate action. The movement includes international institutions (e.g. UNEP, the UNFCC and UNESCO), state departments, millions of civil society organisations, and countless individuals.

Activity 3

Doing Better

Choose an environmental issue (e.g. water, energy, waste). Look for examples of solutions that people are proposing to address this issue (search the Internet; watch YouTube videos; check the local media).
1. Why are these actions necessary?
2. How do these solutions differ from ‘normal practice’?
3. What do they mean for the curriculum and learning in schools and classrooms?