Modules

  • 3 Lessons

    My Public Spaces

    Our public spaces are undoubtedly important aspects of our society, for many different reasons. But how much do we know about how they were and are designed? Or how they could become more inclusive? Or how they could become greener and more sustainable spaces? 


    Find out with this module which challenges its participants to think broadly and creatively. 

  • 3 Lessons

    Nature Knows Best

    This module explores the importance of eating plants as food and more specifically, how vital it is to eat and be aware of locally grown plants. This learning journey is furthered by looking at the best ways to manage one's food waste and the many creative ways in which we can create a circular flow in managing our food. 
    Starting from the roots, this knowledge will stick with the learners for life.

  • 5 Lessons

    Not on Our Soil – Civil Society and Climate Change

    Based off the Not on our Soil: An African Climate Reality Project docuseries episode Civil Society, this module explores the complex relationship between deeply rooted social issues and climate change within the South African context. Learners are exposed to these concepts and challenged to participate actively in contemporary and relevant socio-environmental issues in their contexts. This module acts as a source of inspiration and empowerment to the power that everyday citizens have in a democracy, which is dearly needed in the fight against climate change.

  • 5 Lessons

    Not on Our Soil – Community and Climate Change

    Within the global sustainable development picture lies many contrasting contexts in which the factors that contribute to a nations development differ tremendously. South Africa's scenario is exceptionally unique, predominantly due to the high levels of inequality that exist. Hence, conversations around sustainability and sustainable development are going to differ massively from within various communities and contexts. This module challenges learners to critically think about these differences and how South African communities can start contributing to its broader sustainable development. Learners will be agents of awareness by creating an informative poster designed to educate community members on persisting issues, their complex solutions and a few organisations working within that particular issue. Through the process, learners will engage with the linkages between social, economic and environmental factors in society, which provide a basic understanding of sustainable development.

  • 5 Lessons

    Not on Our Soil – Gender and Climate Change

    These lessons explore the interconnectedness of gender inequalities and climate change which at first glace are seemingly separate entities, but upon closer glace, are far ore connected than we think. Learners will be exposed to the severe gender inequalities which exist within all levels and contexts of society in South Africa. They will explore this inequality through the lens of climate change, illustrating the fact that there will be a gender differentiated impact of climate change between men and women. Through the module, learners will activate their role as agents of awareness within their contexts by creating informative awareness posters deigned to educate readers on persisting gender-climate issues.

  • 5 Lessons

    Not on Our Soil – Journalism and Climate Change

    These lessons will challenge learners to think critically about their understanding of the roles and responsibilities of journalists and the field of journalism in creating meaningful social and environmental change in the context of climate change. This module introduces the looming climate crises which will have monumental and differentiated impacts across the globe within the context of journalism which is a well-documented catalyst for social, behavioural and mind-set change. Learners will soon grasp that climate journalism is an exceptionally new topic in the field of journalism as they grapple with the activity of creating a piece of climate journalism of their own in order to spread awareness and inspire action from their own communities and contexts.

  • 5 Lessons

    Not on Our Soil – Youth and Climate Change

    These lessons explore the ideas and feelings of the youth towards climate change and what it feels like being young in the 21st Century. With climate change being a significant contributor to anxiety and eco-anxiety among youth, the importance of activating and empowering youth becomes vital. These lessons showcase the relationship youth have with the fight against climate change and empower students to be active citizens in this journey. A central component of this module is the focus on the UN's Sustainable Development Goals and its benefits as a framework for sustainable development. But most of all, this module aims to bring the voice of the youth to the surface in addressing past, current and forecasted impacts pf climate change. 

  • 4 Lessons

    Powerful Public Spaces

    Public Spaces are vital and often overlooked aspects of our society. They serve huge functions for many various people, organisations and organisms. Creating safe and inclusive spaces that cater to all the stakeholders' needs is no easy task. 


    This broad module deals with Urban Design and challenges the participants to redesign spaces around them to become more inclusive, safer or greener. 

  • 3 Lessons

    Precious Water

    Learners begin applying their basic knowledge of water into practical activities and experiments which engage them in the finer details and importance of water. They explore pH levels and the word of water quality testing as well as learn about why our planet is called the Water Planet.  

  • 12 Lessons

    Rewriting the Market Day

    This module deals with the key concepts of Resource use and Conservation by challenging the learners to rethink about their EMS market day product. The learners will be challenged to assess to overall impact of their products in terms of the resources used in the production, transportation and disposal phases. They will be tasked with redesigning their market day product to be less wasteful, and to form a part of a Circular Economy, rather than a Linear one. 

  • 4 Lessons

    School Air Audit

    This module involves active research and development from its participants as they are responsible for conducting an air audit on their school. Through this activity, learners will be exposed to a variety of factors relating to air quality and its impact on our health. 


    The module ends with the solution-ideas being pitched to school management - a catalyst for learner-centered solutions. 

  • 4 Lessons

    School Energy Audit

    In this module, students explore green energy in their school and discuss the benefits of a campus energy audit. Students investigate how energy is used around the school and document energy-intensive appliances. Students, need to compile, gather and align their data in a useful format to help them analyze the data efficiently. After analyzing, they reflect on its importance and begin considering ideas for improving energy usage on campus. 

  • 4 Lessons

    School Food Audit

    In this module, students explore and analyze ways to improve school food systems. Students are put to the test when gathering and compiling data and have to present findings to the class and get their audit evaluated by peers and teachers. Students then practice their communication skills by presenting their data in interesting, relevant, and visually appealing ways.

  • 4 Lessons

    School Public Spaces Audit

    This unique module sees its participants completing a public spaces audit of their school. This challenging idea sparks the creative side of the learners by immersing them in the topics of spatial design, design thinking and sustainable intelligence. 


    This module enlightens us as to how effective our spaces actually are/aren't. 

  • 4 Lessons

    School Transport Audit

    This four-lesson module inspires learners on what a 'green school' might look like and helps generate ideas on how they can implement strategies to reduce their campus footprint by improving campus transportation. 

  • 4 Lessons

    School Waste Audit

    As part of the Eco-audit packages, this module actively involves the learners in school life by challenging them with a school waste audit, a relevant and applicable project that engages your learners in many subjects and topics. 
    This module will bring relevancy and application to your school environment whilst making the learners an active component of the process. 
    By the end of this module, your learner swill be able to give well-thought out and researched recommendations to school management regarding the manner in which waste is management on campus. 

  • 4 Lessons

    School Water Eco-Audit

    This module challenges the learners to conduct a School Water Eco-Audit. This process involves a scientific approach to collecting, analysing and presenting key data and recommendations to school management with the challenge of better managing the school's water consumption. 
    Relevant and exciting, this project poses just the challenge needed for future generations. 

  • 3 Lessons

    Sensing Air Quality

    In this module, students explore air as a type of matter. They learn about the concept of air quality and participate in activities that explain how different smells travel through the air. They then discuss the importance of clean air and figure ways to respect others by caring for air quality.

  • 3 Lessons

    Sensing Water

    The young learners in this module use their senses to learn practically about water and its vital importance to us and our livelihoods.
    Through practical and creative avenues, learners gain a well rounded outlook and appreciation on water.  

  • 4 Lessons

    Sharing the Vision

    In this final module, students learn how to share information about their business solutions in a clear and effective manner. Students create an informational presentation, an elevator pitch, an executive summary, a brand identity kit, and other materials to help them effectively promote their business. Then they plan and execute a launch party to share their business product, service, or concept with the community.

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