EEASA membership is open to every individual, institution or organisation interested in education for environment, education for sustainable development, and general capacity building in the field of environment and sustainability. Members include educators, students, practitioners, academics, development workers, resource developers, conservation officials, industry trainers, extension worker to name a few. The multi-sectoral, multi-institutional membership comes from mainly southern Africa but spans the African region and beyond.
An active membership is important in shaping and raising the voice of the community of practice. This is done through EEASA nodes at national level, conference outcomes and declarations, and publications.
Membership is renewable on an annual basis. Membership forms are available from the secretariat.
EEASA nodes are localised groupings of EEASA members aimed at cultivating, facilitating and sustaining local and national networked learning, advocacy and action. EEASA nodes provide a non-threatening and non-hierarchical forum for testing and sharing ideas and practices, critically reflecting on environment and sustainability challenges, risks and uncertainties of our times, showcasing indigenous ways of knowing and connecting them to modern science in an attempt to learn to live better, just to name a few examples.
Currently active nodes include the Botswana EEASA node, the Seychelles EEASA node, and the Zambian EEASA node. The Association is actively encouraging membership to develop these localised networks.
A study has been done on the efficacy of EEASA nodes.
EEASA works with and is supported in various ways by a number of partners. Our partners include among others:
Rhodes University Environmental Learning Research Centre
Rhodes University is a major centre in South Africa for study, teaching and research in Environmental and Sustainability Education, for which it has received international recognition.
University of Botswana: Department of Education
The Education Department has played a major role in supporting the development and sustainability of EEASA. The support has especially been in terms of hosting EEASA conferences, and developing the EEASA Bulletin.
In 1993, the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Environment and Land Management Sector (ELMS) initiated a programme to support environmental education processes in the southern African region.
Wildlife and Environment Society of South Africa
WESSA is one of the leading environmental organisations in South Africa and it’s mission is to promote public participation in caring for the Earth. WESSA has adopted an holistic approach to environmental issues and is involved in a wide range of projects.
UNESCO GAP Partner Networks
UNESCO is the lead UN agency for facilitating the implementation of the Global Action Programme (GAP) on ESD. EEASA is a UNESCO GAP Partner Networks Member for GAP Priority Action Area Number 3: Building Capacities of Educators and Trainers, although in terms of our overall commitment we are still committed to all priority areas.
Swedish International Centre of Education for Sustainable Development: a Centre at the Faculty of Educational Sciences at Uppsala University. It is actively engaged in learning and change processes that empower students and learners to reach solutions to the pressing global sustainability challenges of our time. SWEDESD cooperates regionally, nationally and internationally.
Conference Local Organizing Committees:
These are communities of practice that voluntarily contribute towards hosting the EEASA Annual Conferences. They include amongst many:
Gauteng Environmental Education Forum
Swaziland Environmental Agency
Namibian EE Network
LEAD Southern and Eastern Africa – Malawi