“Because We are, the Nation Is”- the Uganda National Teachers’ Union (UNATU) philosophy espouses the vital contribution that the teachers make in the nation building process. They model the leaders, decision makers and administrators of the next generation right from the tender stage. In efforts to ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all; as Eco-Schools, we are engaging with education for the SDGs and working on resources with Eco-Schools teachers to enable young people around the world to take positive actions.
Education is a fundamental human right and is indispensable for the achievement of sustainable development, join us in advocating for an inclusive and quality education and lifelong learning opportunities for all, without which we may never achieve our overall aims to end poverty, promote prosperity and well-being for all, protect the environment and address climate change. For the goals to be achieved, everyone needs to collectively do their part; Governments, parents, civil society, teachers, communities and pupils. Teachers are central to the success of the Global goals, not only is HOW they teach essential to providing quality education, but also WHAT they teach is of utmost importance to being able to ensure proper systems of governance, and promoting Education for Sustainable Development.
In Africa, virtually all the countries exhibit environmental characteristics and challenges, which have a direct impact on development. Governments are using education as one of the major avenues to promote good environmental practices. It is understandable that education is the best tool that promotes positive changes in attitude and behavior. It contributes directly to individual knowledge and satisfaction, as it prepares one physically, mentally and morally for a changing world.
Uganda is one of the African countries that have gone a long way in promoting Environmental Education (EE) in schools. There have been efforts made to teach EE in the curriculum right from the primary school level up to the tertiary institutions. Given the role teachers play in their schools and their communities, it is critical that they are equipped with knowledge about environmental management.