What is ELIMU Model for SDGs?
Transforming Our World: The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development foresees Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) as a key element for the effective implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals. World over, all countries including Uganda have embraced Education for Sustainable Development Principles through re-orientation of teaching and learning methodologies in order to empower learners to take informed decisions and responsible actions for environmental integrity, economic viability and a just society; for present and future generations, while respecting cultural values.
The Government of Uganda has over the past decades promoted Patriotism in Secondly Schools and Tertiary institutions through National Patriotism Corps an appropriate tool to instill sustainability values and principles among learners for a common future. In the same spirit, Conservation Efforts for Community Development (CECOD), an indigenous NGO, in partnership with Uganda National Commission for UNESCO (UNATCOM) has since 2006 promoted similar sustainability values and principles in more than 450 Primary Schools and 7 selected Primary Teacher Colleges in South Western, Central and Eastern parts of Uganda, using the Eco-Schools approach.
First Lady and Minister of Education, Hon Mama Janet Museveni inspecting Eco-Schools’ Exhibition Stalls in 2018 and Awarding best performing schools with an International Green Flag, at Imperial Royale Hotel
CECOD has consequently localized the international Eco-Schools Approach and developed it further to a home-grown ELIMU Model for SDGs with emphasis on patriotism to instill love for our country and respect for our God among the young generation.
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 organization to partner with government in order to deliver ESD in its most inclusive terms.
2: What is ELIMU Model for SDGs?
Elimu is a Swahili African name meaning “Knowledge, Education”; thus, Mwalimu for Teacher
The ELIMU Model for Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is an inclusive Framework for delivery of Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) through schools and the neighboring communities.
The approach is centered on three main pillars:
1. Learner Centered Whole School Approach for development of skills, values and action competence among learners;
2. Community linkage for sustainability and replication of good practices; and
3. Patriotism for loving our country and respecting our God for a common future.
ELIMU ESD Model for SDGs is a learner centered whole school approach that enhances learners’ competences and overall performance of schools, when properly implemented, it raises the quality of education and builds a more sustainable way of living for learners and their surrounding communities.
The approach is founded on tested local and international volunteer spirit as a Community of Practice focusing on; quality education for sustainability and eternity, child rights and responsibilities, community empowerment and gender issues, WASH and good health, green economic activities and livelihood, climate change response and disaster resilience, strategic partnerships and patriotism.
2:1 ELIMU Model –Cycle
- ELIMU stands for:
- Envision your goal & evaluate your challenges
- Linkwith the community for replication
- Investigate,plan and integrate
- Micro-projects and monitoring
- Understand your country, be God fearing for behavior change as you act responsibly
2:2 ELIMU Model 5 Steps Learning Framework:
ELIMU ESD Model for SDGs 5-steps learning framework for reflective and action based learning provides a logical step-by-step whole school approach for the school and learners to:
- Evaluate their sustainability challenges at school and at family level;
- Link with the Community and establish a gender based School ESD Committee that is responsible for spearheading implementation of sustainability activities at school and at home;
- Investigate causes for lack of sustainability values on any particular theme at school and at home; investigate and explore appropriate innovations to effectively address the identified thematic issues, and plan how to develop learners action competence through integration and infusion of the ELIMU model for SDGs in day-today-teaching and learning;
- Monitor effectiveness of the established sustainability codes and Micro project demonstrations at school and ensure proper maintenance and replication of good practices ;
- Understand their country and be God fearing so as to act responsibly as patriotic citizens.
Head of CECOD Advisory council
Robert Manigaruhanga Isingoma
Executive Director –