National Environmental Education Programme
The environmental education programme is essential for the long term survival of conservation in the country, through the education of the people of Swaziland with regard to the benefits of conservation. The overall aim of environmental education programme is to promote the understanding, acceptance, application and evaluation of environmental conservation principles and practices by all the people of Swaziland in order that a better quality of life results. The programme is therefore designed to fulfil the following objectives:
(a) to encourage the understanding and awarness of man's interrelatedness with nature and his total dependence on the natural environment not only for his development but also for his survival;
(b) to encourage an understanding of environmental conservation and its underlying principles, in particular that of sustainable utilisation of resources;
(c) to motivate people to acquire a personal set of values and feelings of concern such that they want to carry out the personal application of conservation practices such as soil and water conservation, population planning, reforestation programmes and so on;
(d) to foster an appreciation of aesthetics;
(e) to foster an appreciation of, and pride in, the Swazi heritage;
(f) to provide opportunities for learning the necessary skills to fulfil previous objectives;
(g) to provide experiences whereby evaluation of environmental problems may be carried out;
(h) to provide the opportunity for individuals to be actively participating towards the resolution of environmental problems.
The Malolotja Environmental Education Programme was established in 1985, with the Centre being opened in 1989, requiring only the construction of staff houses to be complete. A similar Centre and Programme were initiated at Mlawula Nature Reserve in 1995. In addition, there is now a centre based at the SNTC headquarters in Lobamba.
Park Management Environmental Education Community Outreach Research
Resources Nature Reserves Tourism
Biodiversity Objectives/Legislation Programmes Miscellaneous