ELIMU for the Goals through Sustainable Schools – ESD 2030

An International Volunteer Community of Practice Hands up who can!

Background information

While education is the most vital input for every dimension of sustainable development , 58 million children are still out of school, and around 100 million children will not complete primary education. More than half of these children live in sub-Saharan Africa .The latest data warns that a business-as-usual approach will not bring us close to achieving universal primary and secondary education by 2030 (Goal 4). The UN calls for a sense of urgency along with immediate and accelerated actions, and collaborative partnerships at all levels to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals .By implementing ESD as a rights-based approach using the ELIMU for the Goals five-step methodology for sustainable schools, CECOD Uganda Eco-Schools Programme has achieved demonstrable reduction in drop-out and school absence and sharp increases in attainment , whilst directly addressing the other SDGs. With climate change linked conflicts, drought and disasters increasing malnutrition by 38 million between 2015 and 2016 ; there is no time to lose in replicating and sustaining the lessons / best practices learned from Uganda Eco-Schools Programme 2006-2019 and multiplying the impacts in schools and communities across the country. The broad mandate given by UNESCO’s framework for ESD 2030, the SDGs, and the validated ESD policy in Uganda by MoES (2018) requires our organisation and Eco-Schools Consortium NGOs to deliver ESD in its most inclusive terms.

ESPU –Exist Strategy

In 2019, an external review of DOC’s Danida supported projects in Uganda and Tanzania was carried out which included a recommendation for DOC exit from Uganda and development of Uganda exit strategy. This marked the development of the ELIMU (Educate) for the Goals Volunteer Strategy, an inclusive ESD Framework for delivery of Education for Sustainable Development and Sustainability of Children Rights to Quality Education in Uganda.

The strategy is centred on local and international volunteer spirit as a Volunteer Community of Practice focusing on; school retention and drop-out reduction, child rights, community empowerment, gender issues, green economic activities and livelihood, displacement, disaster resilience, WASH, strategic partnerships and advocacy.


Name: ELIMU for the Goals (Elimu meaning ‘education/knowledge’ in Swahili)

  • Evaluate your challenges
  • Link with the community
  • Investigate, plan and integrate
  • Micro-projects and monitoring
  • Understand your country, be God fearing for behavior change  as you act responsibly

Fig. 1. Proposed ELIMU model which combines

The Triple C and IVAC ESD change processes.

Inclusion and participation

ELIMU for the Goals is an inclusive programme, with equal participation regardless of gender and/or disability is a central value. Equal inclusion and participation of all learners, and opportunities sought to identify and address practical issues and entrenched stigma and discrimination within the programme cycles and micro-project implementation. Issues of discrimination and gender imbalances must be raised immediately and reflected during each review for preventative measures and incorporation into the next programme cycle.

ELIMU for the Goals Volunteers as a cartelist for scale up and development of Sustainable Schools  

Local and International ELIMU for the Goals Volunteers will be recruited through online advertisement, direct earmarking and contacts, linking with international volunteer schemes  and universities based on their preferred SDG (Volunteer area of interest).

The recruited volunteers are introduced to /trained in the ELIMU for Goals Approach to ESD/Sustainable Schools criteria and recognised as a member of the Global ESD Volunteer Community of Practice for roll-out and further development of ELIMU for the Goals Volunteer Model.

ESD Community of Practice Centre at Country Level

An ESD Community of Practice refers to specialised people who out of learning and experience have been convinced that ESD is the most appropriate key to unlock human potential to archive SDGs; and are committed to uphold and promote ESD principles by walking the talk as role models for change. An ESD Community of Practice can be at school level, community level or at intuitional level as sustainability agents for a common future.

The ELIMU for the Goals ESD Community of Practice in Uganda is a forum of changes agents who have been converted into ESD Champions, sustainable schools’ Ambassador, National sustainable schools’ Mentors, and ELIMU for the Goals or Child Rights Advocates with an understanding that the future generation is equally entitled quality life.

The ELIMU for the Goals Volunteer model is centred on the principle of establishing   an ESD Community of Practice Centre at country level as an incubation centre for ESD compliance, development of ideas and innovations for adoption / replication at school and community level through local and international volunteers.

The centre shall in partnership with research institutions and Universities facilitate translation of thematic global goals into local actions through micro projects demonstrations and capacity building of ELIMU for the Goals Volunteers before placement to schools and communities.

 For more details about ELIMU for the Goals please Contact:

  1. Ag. Executive Director – CECOD +256 785 056 854 or
  2.  The Volunteers Technical Adviser – CECOD + 256 782 372 566