Faith groups are involved in at least half of schools in Africa and also have massive outreach through their informal structures such as youth groups, Sunday schools and madrassas. Combining teaching on faith values with practical action on the environment is a key objective for all our faith partners. This page focuses on the Faith-based Education for Sustainable Development Teacher's Toolkit.
In partnership with the Kenya Organization for Environmental Education, a Teacher's Toolkit on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) has been developed for primary schools.
ESD is a UNESCO-led strategy to enable people to develop the knowledge, values and skills to improve their quality of life without harming the environment for future generations.
The book is for faith primary schools throughout sub Saharan Africa. The idea is to strengthen the roles that faith schools play in tackling environmental issues while also strengthening the link between faith traditions themselves and school teachings about the environment.
It was released in the summer of 2013 after first being piloted in a number of partner schools in Kenya.
Other education resources
The Awareness Raising packs launched in 2014 include education resources for promoting environmental awareness. The packs are divided into different sections, organised by the seven colours of the rainbow. The yellow resources are designed specifically for young people and can be used in Sunday Schools, Madrassas and other youth groups. The packs also include videos, practical activities, prayers and songs that can be used with both adults and young people.
To download a copy of the ESD toolkit, go to our resources page.
Mounkaila Goumandakoye, Director and Regional Representative, UNEP Regional Office for Africa
"The faith-based approach to Education for Sustainable Development is of critical importance in promoting responsible behaviour to live sustainably for human progress."
Rev. Fr. Vincent Wambugu, General Secretary of Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops
"A great tool to use to use in moulding our youth to become champions of the environment... At the Catholic Church, we are convinced that our children, who are the leaders of tomorrow, need to be adequately equipped to face tomorrow’s challenges. If we want our children to live in a clean, healthy and secure environment, we need to prepare them for the future they will inherit.”
Abdalla M. Kamwana, Programme Manager of the Supreme Council of Kenya Muslims
"It is a comprehensive and broad-based piece of work that will ensure pupils are nurtured with a heart for the environment in their formative years for the benefit of all humanity, both present and future.”
S.B. Varma, National Chairman, Hindu Council Of Kenya
“This publication is an important and integral part of imparting faith-based values that enrich ESD, while providing the motivation for environmental conservation.”
Professor Geoffrey Wahungu, Director General of Kenya’s National Environment Management Authority
“The role of faith in shaping our value system cannot be over-emphasised. Entrenchment of religious wisdom into ESD is therefore an innovation that we all ought to be proud of.”