eeasa 2020

Transformations in Education Conference
Education for Sustainable Development 2030, Africa

38th Annual Conference of the Environmental Education Association of Southern Africa

Makhanda, Eastern Cape, South Africa

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Transformations in Education Conference
Education for Sustainable Development 2030, Africa

Notice of postponement:  Due to the COVID-19 global pandemic, we hereby advise the postponement of the 38th Annual EEASA Conference and UNESCO ESD2030 Launch. We wish everyone strength and a sense of peace in this very difficult time.  Take special care of yourself and your neighbour.  

Detail of the conference:

The 38th Conference of the Environmental Education Association of Southern Africa in partnership with UNESCO Regional Office for Southern Africa will deliberate the Education for Sustainable Development 2030 Agenda. Policy and education system actors will link with practitioners around transformations in education that emerge when we take sustainable development into account in our education and learning systems.

Transformations to Sustainable Development require Transformations in Education. This conference seeks to elicit engaged dialogue and deliberation on this question. It seeks critical and creative engagement with Target 4.7 of the recently defined Sustainable Development Goals, which promotes the following transformations in education systems around the world:

By 2030, ensure that all learners acquire the knowledge and skills needed to promote sustainable development, including, among others, through education for sustainable development and sustainable lifestyles, human rights, gender equality, promotion of a culture of peace and non-violence, global citizenship and appreciation of cultural diversity and of culture’s contribution to sustainable development.

Drawing on 38 years of Environmental Education, and 15+ years of engaging with the intersecting concept and practice of Education for Sustainable Development, this conference seeks out agency-based praxis and perspectives on the transformations that are already underway in our education practices and systems in Africa, as we collaborate on mobilising the power and potential of education for engaging the wider question of transformations and just transitions to sustainable development.

The Conference will engage policy makers, researchers, and practitioners in dialogue around the implications of Sustainable Development Goal 4, which seeks to articulate a new framework for educational quality. Considering the role of Environment and Sustainability Education as well as thematic areas, the conference will also launch UNESCO’s new Education for Sustainable Development 2030 Agenda, to be launched in June 2020 globally and deliberated on the African continent for the first time at this Conference.

Themes guiding conference engagement will include:

  • Transformations in formal education settings and systems: Higher Education, Secondary and Primary Education, Technical and Vocational Education and Training, and Early Childhood Education
  • Transformations at the intersection and interface of formal and informal education
  • Influences of Science, Technology and Culture on Education Transformations towards Sustainability
  • Social justice, decoloniality and Education Transformations towards Sustainability
  • Just transitioning, green skills and new learning landscapes and learning pathways
  • Including the excluded: Social learning towards sustainability: communities, local government and multiple stakeholders
  • Transgressive, transformative learning and other pedagogical innovations
  • New meaning(s) for educational quality and relevance and transformations in the evaluation of EE and ESD
  • Generative and co-engaged research methodologies for transformative change

Important Dates

Registration opens 28 February 2020
Abstract submissions open 28 February 2020
Abstract submissions close To be communicated in due course
Notification to authors To be communicated in due course
Early registration closes To be communicated in due course
Payment deadline for early registration To be communicated in due course
Full paper submissions To be communicated in due course

Important Dates

  • Registration opens: 28 February 2020
  • Abstract submissions open: 28 February 2020
  • Abstract submissions close: To be communicated in due course
  • Notification to authors: To be communicated in due course
  • Early registration closes: To be communicated in due course
  • Payment deadline for early registration: To be communicated in due course
  • Full paper submissions: To be communicated in due course

Host Organisation

UNESCO Regional Office for Southern Africa

The UNESCO Office in Harare was initially established in 1986 as a sub-regional office for education in Southern Africa, with a special emphasis on higher education, following a recommendation of the 5th UNESCO Conference of Ministers of Education in Africa (1982). Since then, it has also played the role of cluster office, covering four countries (Botswana, Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe) and, following the most recent restructuring, has since 2014 regained a regional role as the UNESCO Regional Office for Southern Africa, covering all of UNESCO’s programme sectors: Education, Sciences, Culture, and, Communication and Information, in nine countries, namely Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe, with national offices in Mozambique and Namibia.

Consequently, its capacity has been enhanced to mobilize and co-ordinate UNESCO’s programme strategy and action at the regional level, in close co-operation with UNESCO headquarters, other field offices and National Commissions for UNESCO.

The office also serves as UNESCO’s focal point for cooperation with the Southern African Development Community (SADC) as well as for the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA).

EEASA_ Conference logo 2019 EEASA conference 2019 Register and submit abstractsIn partnership with Environmental Education Association of Southern Africa (EEASA)

EEASA is a membership-based organisation guided by a constitution and governed by a voluntary elected Council. The Association was founded in September 1982 at Treverton, South Africa, as a result of interaction between educationalists and environmentalists. It is a multidisciplinary Association concerned with quality education processes that lead to changes of attitude and behaviour towards the environment. EEASA has always taken a broad view of the environment and environmental processes: these are socio-ecological, socio-political, socio-economic, and at the heart of it there is the need to protect the integrity and viability of the ecological systems. This broader view of environment resonates with the principles of Education for Sustainable Development (ESD). Ever since the UN declared the decade for ESD 2005 – 2015 environmental educators and practitioners in southern Africa have embraced ESD as it articulates issues they have grappled with since the formation of EEASA in 1982

In partnership with Rhodes University

Rhodes University, a 116-year old institution [in 2020], with a well-established reputation for academic excellence. Located in Makhanda in the Eastern Cape province of South Africa, Rhodes is a small university which enjoys the distinction of having among the best undergraduate pass and graduation rates in South Africa, outstanding postgraduate success rates, and the best research output per academic staff member. This is testimony to the quality of students that Rhodes attracts and of academic provision, and to the commitment of Rhodes staff to student development and success. View more

and the Environmental Learning Research Centre

Rhodes University’s Environmental Learning Research Centre is the home of a vibrant and diverse community of scholars and environmental education practitioners, and forms a regional hub of environmental learning innovation. In association with national, regional and international partners the two Research Chairs coordinate a range of ESD research programmes offering pioneering courses and qualifications for environmental education and training practitioners, from PhD to grassroots level. These courses support educators in Africa to participate in building a more sustainable, just future, through education and professional learning for environmentally sustainable and socially inclusive development.

Advisory Steering Committee

  • Ms Carolyn Medel-Anonuevo, UNESCO Regional Office for Southern Africa
  • Dr Presha Ramsarup, Environmental Education Association of Southern Africa
  • Distinguished Professor Heila Lotz-Sisitka, Rhodes University
  • Dr Charles Chikunda, UNESCO Regional Office for Southern Africa
  • Ms Julia Hess, UNESCO Regional Office for Southern Africa
  • Dr Cheryl Ogilvie, Environmental Education Association of Southern Africa
  • Professor Eureta Rosenberg, Rhodes University

Abstract Submission

The Environmental Education Association of Southern Africa in collaboration with UNESCO Regional Office of Southern Africa invites you to submit abstracts under the following sub-themes:

  • Transformations in formal education settings and systems: Higher Education, Secondary and Primary Education, Technical and Vocational Education and Training, and Early Childhood Education
  • Transformations at the intersection and interface of formal and informal education
  • Influences of Science, Technology and Culture on Education Transformations towards Sustainability
  • Social justice, decoloniality and Education Transformations towards Sustainability
  • Just transitioning, green skills and new learning landscapes and learning pathways
  • Including the excluded: Social learning towards sustainability: communities, local government and multiple stakeholders
  • Transgressive, transformative learning and other pedagogical innovations
  • New meaning(s) for educational quality and relevance and transformations in the evaluation of EE and ESD
  • Generative and co-engaged research methodologies for transformative change

This may be submitted as:

  • Paper presentations (20 minutes)
  • Round table discussion (60 minutes)
  • Workshops (60 minutes)
  • Poster presentations (20 minutes)
  • Abstracts should be typed in Arial font size 12 and should not be more than 300 words.

An award will be presented in-conference for the best student paper.

EEASA extends an invitation to authors to submit research papers for consideration to a conference special edition of the Southern African Journal of Environmental Education (SAJEE). The SAJEE is an accredited and internationally recognised academic journal published by EEASA on an annual basis. Submissions may be made via the following online platform.

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Registration Options

Kindly note that there is a maximum capacity for 300 delegates. Placement is secured on payment of registration invoice.

Combo registration: includes 4 nights accommodation (student residence, single rooms) and Port Elizabeth airport shuttle transfers (group)* R7500
Registration only* R5500
Registration only (during the conference) R6000
Daily attendance (no accommodation) R2000
Optional local excursion on Friday morning (9h00 – 12h00) R350

IMPORTANT TO NOTE:

* Please see deadline for registration and payment dates to qualify for denoted asterisk (*) rates.
* There is a maximum capacity for 300 delegates. Placement is secured on payment of registration invoice.
* Combo rates are highly discounted and therefore unfortunately no part refunds can be processed for one-way shuttles, or part accommodation.
* Please note that the group airport shuttle is only available for flights landing and departing from Port Elizabeth airport on selected days. See travel tips for the scheduled days and times.

Registration Options

Kindly note that there is a maximum capacity for 300 delegates. Placement is secured on payment of registration invoice.

  • Combo registration: includes 4 nights accommodation (student residence, single rooms) and Port Elizabeth airport shuttle transfers (group)* R7500
  • Registration only* R5500
  • Registration only (during the conference) R6000
  • Daily attendance (no accommodation) R2000
  • Optional local excursion on Friday morning (10 July 2020: 09h00 – 12h00) R350

IMPORTANT TO NOTE:
* Please see deadline for registration and payment dates to qualify for early registration rates*.
* There is a maximum capacity for 300 delegates. Placement is secured on payment of registration invoice.
* Combo rates are highly discounted and therefore unfortunately no part refunds can be processed for one-way shuttles, or part accommodation.
* Please note that the group airport shuttle is only available for flights landing and departing from Port Elizabeth airport on selected days. See Combo Registration inclusions for the scheduled days and times.

Combo Registration Inclusions

The combo registration option includes EEASA annual membership, single accommodation in University Student Residence, group airport shuttle transfers, meals (breakfast and lunch) and conference dinner functions. This is a highly subsidised offering and therefore no part refunds can be processed for one-way shuttles, or part accommodation.

Accommodation in Student Residence (single rooms)
Check in: Monday
Check-out: Friday

Group Airport Shuttle Transfers
On landing at Port Elizabeth (PE) Airport there is a 90minute road commute to Rhodes University.

The group airport shuttle transfers operate at the below scheduled times. Kindly be advised that this is only available for flights at Port Elizabeth Airport, and only on the conference dates: landing Monday, and departing Friday

  • Monday: PE Airport to Makhanda.
    Group shuttle times: 10h30 / 15h30 / 18h00 / 20h45
  • Friday: Makhanda to PE Airport. Note that you need to depart Makhanda at least 3 hours prior to flight scheduled departure.
    Group shuttle times: 03h30 / 06h30 / 10h00 / 13h00 / 15h00

Once your travel has been finalised kindly email the organisers with preferred shuttle transfer for planning (c.royle@ru.ac.za).

Registration Only Option Inclusions

The registration only option includes EEASA annual membership, lunch meals and conference dinner functions.

Accommodation: Should you have selected the registration only option and prefer to book your own accommodation it is advisable to select accommodation which is within walking distance of the campus. Accommodation rates per night vary from between R700-R1500pax upward. Please see here for Makana accommodation options. The game lodges are 20-30km outside of Makhanda (Grahamstown) and would require car-hire.

Shuttle transfers: Kindly remember to book an airport shuttle transfer (and return) or arrange car hire (Blunden/Avis/Bidvest). Single shuttle transfer rates vary from R850 to R1500 dependent on the carrier, each way.

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Optional Excursions

The Conference optional excursions on Friday morning (9h00 to 12h00) include one of the following:

  • Makhanda Water Crisis and Water Quality Management
  • A Walking Urban Environmental Sensing Tour
  • University Sustainability Practices
  • Ecology, Literature and the Arts
  • SAIAB and the National Fish Collection

Kindly note there is an additional cost of R350 for these options.

Payment

Once you have completed the registration form and an invoice received, payment is to please be made to the following bank account:
Please see above important dates for payment deadlines.

Rhodes University bank details:
Bank: First National Bank
Branch: Grahamstown
Address: High Street Grahamstown
Branch Code: 210554
Account No: 621 455 030 76
Swift Code: FIRNZAJJ
Reference: ELRC and Your invoice number

Please email proof of payment to a.tantsi@ru.ac.za

Travel Tips to Note

Port Elizabeth Airport is the closest airport to Rhodes University, Makhanda (formerly known as Grahamstown). On landing at Port Elizabeth (PE) Airport there is a 90minute road commute to Rhodes University.

When traveling through OR Tambo International it recommended that you do not leave the building between connecting flights unless prior travel arrangements have been made by yourself.

Should you have selected the registration only options kindly remember to book an airport shuttle transfer or arrange car hire (Blunden/ Avis/Bidvest).

Should you prefer to book your own accommodation it is advisable to select that which is within walking distance of the campus. The game lodges are 20-30km outside of Makhanda/ Grahamstown and would require car hire (Avis/Bidvest).

Weather temperatures vary throughout the day in Makhanda, some describe it as four seasons in one day! Please remember to include in your packing a warm and rain proof jacket along with your summer dress.

We look forward to welcoming you to Rhodes University, Makhanda! 

For any Conference queries kindly contact: c.royle@ru.ac.za