Regular Environmental Education Publications
The SADC Regional EE Programme develops a number of publications to support its other four components, namely policy, networking, training and research. The EEMail has been published twice a year since 1998, but has now been merged with the EEASA (Environmental Education Association of Southern Africa) Bulletin. The EE NewsFlash is an electronic monthly publication which goes to nearly 500 EE organisations and organisations.
There are other publications produced directly by the Programme with a view to support environmental education processes in southern Africa. Recent publications include:
- A sourcebook entitled Developing Curriculum Frameworks (1999) has been produced based on input from a workshop at the Regional EE Centre in March 1998, a workshop involving course designers and tutors from five SADC countries in June 1998, and a workshop at the annual EEASA conference in July 1998. Developing Curriculum Frameworks examines key ideas and orientations that could be considered when developing a curriculum for adult learners focusing on environmental issues. The sourcebook has been used extensively in the development of the curriculum for the Rhodes University/ SADC International Certificate Course in Environmental Education. It has also been used by tutors of a year-long part-distance participatory environmental education course in South Africa.
This sourcebook is designed to support the development of curriculum frameworks in environmental education in the SADC region. It draws on educational themes, ideas and practices to highlight some key ideas and tools to guide deliberation on the development of curriculum amongst adult learners. This sourcebook discusses some of the key features of curriculum processes in diverse settings namely responsiveness; flexible course structure; participation; praxis; and assessment as learning.
- The sourcebook entitled Development, Adaptation and Use of Learning Support Materials (2003) draws on case stories from a number of SADC countries, and professionals working in the field of environmental education, in order to reflect the regional nature of the initiative. Through its work in the region, the REEP has been able to collect a wide range of case stories, which were used to compile the first draft of this sourcebook. These were shared, discussed and expanded during a three-day workshop held at the SADC REEP in November 2002 which involved participants from 13 SADC countries.
The main objective of this sourcebook is to provide an enabling framework for the development, adaptation and use of learning support materials that foster and enhance environmental learning within different educational settings and contexts. Through a series of questions, environmental educators are encouraged to consider key aspects associated with learning support materials development and use. A further objective of this sourcebook, is to provide insight into participatory approaches to learning support materials development, and how learning support materials can be enhanced through ongoing monitoring and evaluation.
The SADC Regional Environmental Education Centre has been producing a number of other relevant learning support materials to enhance EE processes in the SADC region. These materials include curriculum development guidelines, indigenous knowledge case studies, teacher support packs, calendars on environmental days, environmental fact sheets, etc.
All these resources are available through the Centre and Share-Net.