Environmental Education and Sustainable Development in Solomon Islands: Policy and Practice Disparity

By Jack Maebuta and Jeremy Dorovolomo.

Published by The Sustainability Collection

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The paper begins with an overview of the state of the natural and socio-economic environment in the country. This is followed by an account and examples of educational responses to the challenges of sustainable development. The main argument developed here is that the Government of Solomon Islands has responded in terms of policies promoting and dealing with the challenges of sustainable development. However, the analysis of how these policies are translated into action indicates that these policies may represent a case of “policies without change” as there is little evidence of meaningful change in people’s lives and/or in the broad reorientation of environmental practices, systems and structures of education that are necessary for education to support the processes of sustainable development at national or community levels. The article concludes with implications for policy and practice which are derived from the analysis of the key issues identified.

Keywords: Environmental Education, Sustainable Development, Environment Policy and Practices, Solomon Islands

The International Journal of Environmental, Cultural, Economic and Social Sustainability, Volume 7, Issue 1, pp.263-274. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 831.807KB).

Dr Jack Maebuta

PhD Candidate, School of Humanities, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, University of New England, Armidale, NSW, Australia

Jack Maebuta is a PhD scholar in the School of Humanities, University of New England in New South Wales (NSW), Australia. His research interests are in the areas of educational policy and practice, peacebuilding, technical and vocational education and indigenous knowledge and practices.

Jeremy Dorovolomo

Lecturer, School of Education, University of the South Pacific, Suva, Fiji

Mr. Jeremy Dorovolomo is a lecturer in physical education at the School of Education, University of the South Pacific, Fiji. His research interests are on physical education curriculum, pedagogy and learning; physical activity and health, and Solomon Islands educational issues. He had been a high school teacher at Solomon Islands schools prior to teacher education, now based in Fiji.

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