Schools in the East Region, Cameroon welcomes Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) | WWF Cameroon

Schools in the East Region, Cameroon welcomes Education for Sustainable Development (ESD)



Posted on 17 January 2019
Teachers receiving ESD training through games
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For the first time in eastern Cameroon, 10 primary schools have begun the teaching and learning of Education for Sustainable Development (ESD), a practical method that integrates the whole school approach involving teachers, pupils and parents. Supported by WWF Sweden, the 10 pilot schools (including a Baka school) situated around Nki National Park and the Ngoyla Wildlife Reserve are benefitting from this innovative educational process. ESD has recorded remarkable success in the Southwest Region of Cameroon with ESD syllabus included in the country’s school curriculum.

To introduce ESD in the East, WWF ESD resource persons trained 10 teachers and head teachers of 10 primary schools in November 2017 and January 2018. The teachers are working to develop pupils’ local games to facilitate the learning process. The teachers are carrying out ESD activities in their school communities and considerable improvements have been reported on the collaboration between teachers, parents and pupils.

The schools have also improved on hygiene and sanitation, while one school has developed its ESD master plan.
Baka pupils of Assoumdele II Village, where WWF donated a two-classroom structure in August 2018, are also benefitting from this innovative approach to learning.
Teachers receiving ESD training through games
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Baka children are benefiting from ESD teaching and learning process
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