Environmental Clubs as Vehicles for Promoting Education for Environmental Sustainability in Mauritian Secondary Schools

By Chandradeo Bokhoree, Artee Jheengut and Ravhee Bholah.

Published by The Sustainability Collection

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Mauritius, being a small island developing state, is ecologically vulnerable due to its isolation, small size and low resources base. It faces numerous environmental problems such as waste disposal, pressure on limited space, degradation of the quality of natural resources and loss of biodiversity. The government is therefore aiming for Mauritius to become a green island and has already developed various strategies to increase environmental awareness among the Mauritians, especially from early age. This implies revisiting various aspects of our education system, such as national curriculum, and also reflecting on the roles of ‘small organisations’ in and out of the school. This paper therefore addresses part of a study linked with environmental education and sustainability. It mainly focuses on the role of a particular organisation entitled ‘environmental club’ which is usually considered as vehicle for environmental education in secondary schools of Mauritius. It also critically analyses the roles and efficiency of such clubs and reflect how they can help both teachers and learners to develop necessary skills and positive attitudes towards the environment. The study involves use of the survey based method to collect primary data among students and managers/rectors of sixteen secondary schools of Mauritius. The findings tend to show various factors influencing the roles of environmental clubs and eventually support the development of a framework to ensure future sustainability of these clubs, and also promote environmental education among young generation.

Keywords: Environmental Education, Sustainability, Environmental Club, Extra-Curricular Activities, Conceptual Framework

The International Journal of Environmental, Cultural, Economic and Social Sustainability, Volume 7, Issue 6, pp.177-190. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 882.761KB).

Dr. Chandradeo Bokhoree

Senior Lecturer, School of Sustainable Development and Tourism, University of Technology, Pointe-Aux-Sables, Mauritius

Chandradeo Bokhoree, a native of Mauritius, was educated at the University of Mauritius, and at Loughborough University in UK, where he was awarded his PhD in 2004. He was a research scholar at the New Jersey Institute of Technology in the USA in 2001/2003. He was a Lecturer in the School of Business Informatics and Software Engineering at the University of Technology, Mauritius until 2006, when he was appointed as Senior Lecturer. His research interests focus on the development and application of modelling techniques and adaptive technologies for sustainable development. He is currently the principle investigator on numerous consultancy projects geared towards finding practical solutions for a sustainable Mauritius.

Artee Jheengut

School of Sustainable Development and Tourism, University of Technology, Mauritius

Dr. Ravhee Bholah

Senior Lecturer, Science Education Department, Mauritius Institute of Education, Amaury, Mauritius

I have been working at the Mauritius Institute of Education for almost 8 years and have been servicing a range of courses. I have been involved in teacher training, curriculum development and research. I have published various scientific articles, have been involved in the production of various national reports and have been a member of the editorial boards of two international scientific journals. I have been the Coordinator of Health Education national text books for primary schools and was the Assistant Coordinator and a Panel Member of Biology National textbook for lower secondary education. I have also coordinated various national events. My research interests are in education for sustainable development, biology education and Health and epidemiology.

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