Eco-School Programme Rwanda

The Eco-Schools Programme's overall goal is to promote active citizenship and improved livelihoods through education for sustainable development by infusing environmental education, action-based learning and student-centered teaching methods into primary and secondary education. Eco-Schools follow a seven-step change process, which is a series of carefully engineered measures to help schools maximize the success of their Eco-School's ambitions. The method involves a wide diversity of individuals from the school community, teachers, local leaders and other duty bearers, with students playing a primary role in the process.

Project duration: 4 years(From January 2020- December 2023)

Status: Ongoing 

Donor: Civil Society in Development(CISU) through Danish Outdoor Council


Project Background 

The right to education is universal, inalienable and enshrined in international law through several conventions. At the same time, young people are the future of our planet. The international framework of Eco-Schools was developed by the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE) as a response to the needs identified at the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development in 1992. Eco-Schools approach translates the principles of Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) into practice by infusing environmental education, action-based learning and student-centered teaching methods into primary and secondary education. Today the programme is running in 68 countries around the world, including Rwanda. Rwandan education system has recently adopted the Competence-Based Curriculum (CBC), with the aim to develop a knowledge-based and market competent society in line with sustainable global development. The Eco-Schools Programme in Rwanda will therefore strengthen and support the existing national initiatives and commitments aiming at improving the quality of education and promoting education for sustainable development. With funding from the Danish Government, the Eco-Schools Programme in Rwanda is being implemented by Albertine Rift Conservation Society (ARCOS Network) in partnership with the Danish Outdoor Council (DOC), the Government of Rwanda through different Central and Local Government Institutions, Civil Society Organizations and Faith Based Organizations and other actors involved in the sector of environment and education.

Objectives and Expectations 

The overall goal of the Eco-Schools Programme is to promote active citizenship and improved livelihoods through education for sustainable development by infusing environmental education, action-based learning and student-centered teaching methods into primary and secondary education.

Specific Objectives

  1. To contribute to the development of pupils’ critical thinking and active and socially responsible citizenship.
  2. To develop entrepreneurial skills that enhance employment and self-employment abilities among young generations.
  3.  To introduce methods for sustainable livelihoods, climate resilience and environmental protection among beneficiary schools and local communities. 

Main Components and Target

Component 1:

Duty bearers and stakeholders have capacities and resources for the provision of quality education for active citizenship and sustainable development 

Targets 1:

  • 20,000 students are actively involved in the programme 
  • 35 Eco-schools in 4 districts established 
  • 175 teachers are engaged in programme and start to recognize more confident and active students in 35 schools. 

Component 2:

Established Eco-Schools have been showcased and scaled up as catalysts for active citizenship and sustainable development.

Targets 2: 

  • 17,500 parents & community members have been introduced to the Eco-Schools approach
  • 35 Eco-Schools committees have been established and engaged in school governance 

Component 3: Quality education and Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) is promoted and supported through dialogue, knowledge and experience exchange. 

Targets 3:

  • A National Platform for dialogue with key duty bearers established 
  • Eco-Schools relevance is acknowledged by key duty bearers 
  • Collaboration with Rwanda National Commission for UNESCO(CNRU), Rwanda Education Board (REB), Rwanda Environment Management Authority (REMA) and other relevant partners.
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