Not on our Soil - A Climate Justice Reality Free Curriculum
A first of its kind immersive climate change learning experience from a uniquely South African perspective. This beautifully curated 5-part docuseries highlights climate change through a range of lenses critical in the functioning of South African society.
Free Documentary Curriculum Modules
Access free 4-lesson curriculum modules for each documentary episode of the Not on our Soil – A Climate Justice Reality documentary series. These modules have been developed to engage learners in an action orientated deep dive into unique South African stories around climate change. Not only will learners understand the deep connections between environmental, social and economic factors relating to climate change, they will have the opportunity to take action through activities and projects relevant to their communities and spheres of influence.
Lesson 1 kicks off by introducing the concept of externalities which are central to the overall module. Following on from this, learners engage in an empathy map to attempt to understand key perspectives involved. They finish off the lesson by researching one human and one environmental right contained in the South African constitution.
Lesson 2 brings the concepts of Democracy and Civil Society into the fold as the learners begin veering into the activity in which they need to identify a relevant and local issue / externality. This is a vital component of the module and should be carefully conducted and facilitated as it sets the platform for the rest of the module.
Following on from the identification of a relevant issue, the learners deepen their understanding of this issue by researching the intricacies and details of it in lesson 3. They use the worksheet, Breaking down the issue, to unpack the key details and impacts. Once they have completed this activity, the learners are set to start compiling an appeal letter targeted at a specific government official or civil society organisation.
Lesson 4 showcases civil society organisations in South Africa to illustrate to the learners the various platforms of civic action they can engage in. Following on from this, the learners spend valuable time compiling their appeal letters using the supporting resources in the learner workbook.
Learners from grades 9-11 can be exposed to and engaged in these curriculum modules.
Life Orientation is the obvious subject to teach these modules. However, there are numerous cross curricula opportunities for teachers willing to go the extra mile.
Sustainable Development Goals
These curriculum modules speak directly to multiple SDGs.
Each module has a strong project-based learning focus with multiple activities building towards an overarching action orientated project.
Without these partners and funders this documentary series and curriculum modules would not exist and wouldn’t be freely available. Thank you for giving us the opportunity to create immersive learning experiences that engage and drive youth action and participation in climate change and sustainable development action.