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Curriculum innovation

Programme for Climate Change Capacity Development

The SARUA Programme for Climate Change Capacity Development is a multi-year programme which aims to significantly enhance the climate adaptive capacity and resilience of the SADC region through the development of a collaborative network of higher education institutions.

In 2017, SCIN launched a fully regional Master’s curriculum in climate change and sustainable development in English, French and Portuguese in December 2016. It is a first example of co-creating an open access Master’s curriculum and courseware across the SADC region, informed by the stakeholders in the region, for use by SADC universities. The SCIN curriculum is available at


Sustainability Starts With Teachers

Sustainability Starts With Teachers is a flagship project of the UNESCO Global Action Programme on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD). The global programme has a twofold objective:

  • Reorienting education and learning so that everyone has the opportunity to acquire the knowledge, skills, values and attitudes that empower them to contribute to a sustainable future.
  • Strengthening education and learning in all agendas, programmes and activities that promote sustainable development. In launching

Sustainability Starts with Teachers in 2016 with its partners – UNESCO ROSA, the Environmental Learning Resource Centre at Rhodes University and SWEDESD at Uppsala University – SARUA advanced the capacity development work it initiated with the establishment of the SARUA Curriculum Innovation Network (SCIN). Sustainability Starts with Teachers supported teacher educators from 60 Teacher Education Institutions (TEIs) in nine Southern Africa countries to work on exemplary ESD change projects that will model best practice for ESD in the SADC region, on the African continent and internationally. The project in 2017 offered a learning network to drive curriculum innovation and transformation of secondary teacher education towards sustainability, and thereby directly addresses Goal 4 of the Sustainable Development Goals: ‘Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning for all’.

Key events:

- SARUA and programme partners UNESCO ROSA, Rhodes University and SWEDESD hosted an action learning curriculum development workshop for Sustainability Starts With Teachers on 5-6 April 2017 in Johannesburg, South Africa

- As part of the Sustainability Starts with Teachers project, SARUA and its partners hosted the first of two regional workshops for teacher educators in Lusaka, Zambia from 5-10 June 2017. It was attended by delegates from teacher education institutions in Malawi, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe.