20.02.2018 - UNESCO Office in Harare

Zimbabwe’s Umzingwane District celebrates the awarding of the UNESCO/Japan ESD prize to Sihlengeni Primary School

Sihlengeni Primary School Hand-washing Facility

UNESCO Regional Office for Southern Africa (ROSA) in collaboration with Zimbabwe’s Ministry for Primary and Secondary Education (MoPSE) organised an appreciation event for the winners of the 2017 UNESCO-Japan prize on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD), Sihlengeni Primary School from Umzingwane Rural District of Matabeleland South Province in Zimbabwe. The appreciation event that took place at the school on 15th February 2018 followed the regional celebrations that had been held at the UNESCO ROSA premises the previous day.

Secretary Generals of the National Commissions for UNESCO from nine southern African countries covered by ROSA and Coordinators of the Associated Schools Project Network (ASPNet) from the same countries attended the appreciation event at Sihlengeni Primary School and interacted with schoolteachers, pupils and officials from Umzingwane district and Matebeleland South provincial offices.

The School showcased their award-winning project to all delegates. A question and answer session provided a unique platform for reflections and sharing of lessons learnt from the visit, as well as gaining valuable insights on how the showcased project can be replicated in other schools within the region and beyond. It was underscored that the permaculture winning project uses a whole institution approach, leaving no one behind. Everyone including the non-formal education centre attached to the school, parents and community members played their roles in ensuring the success of the project. Delegates adjudged the programme as highly stimulating and worth replicating in their respective countries.

ASPnet representatives from the region also took the opportunity to showcase their good practices and initiatives on ESD as well as the challenges and lessons learnt from their implementation.

For more information, please contact: p.awopegba(at)unesco.org

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