Entabeni Education Centre
Entabeni is the venue of choice for school excursions, geography & biology field trips, and leadership camps. The centre was originally established by the then SA Crane Foundation in 1993 with a focus on catchment and wetland education. Since those humble beginnings we have grown into a place of fond memories for over 65 000 school children.
Underlying Big Ideas
It's obvious that environmental problems are becoming increasingly complex, far-reaching and difficult to solve. In order to deal with these problems future adults are going to need some serious tools. We believe these tools include:
- Ecoliteracy: This relatively new term is expressed as the understanding of the principles of organization that ecosystems have developed to sustain the web of life. In addition, ecoliteracy education attempts to foster a deep, personal appreciation of nature and our place in it.
- Group and Interpersonal Skills: People must work together in order to solve big problems. It's a "no brainer"...
- Desire for change: This is the hard bit...the part that social scientists and educators from all fields would prefer to gloss over or simply ignore. What makes people change their behaviour? It would be arrogant (& lying) to claim that we know but we have a strong feeling that positive experiences in natural places with special people have an impact.
Programmes and courses
All of our programmes are designed specifically for each client. However, there are general themes around which we can work:
- Syllabus support
Experiencing a concept first-hand in the outdoors makes it easier to deal with in the classroom. We can grapple with ecology, biology & natural science, geography (landscape, mapwork, climatology, rivers, settlement, development issues) & history (Nguni migration, San & hunter gatherers, local effects of colonialism). Our syllabus-support courses are normally cross curricular & are tailored as closely as possible to what is being done in class.
- Life skills
The ability to work as teams, groups, communities and societies is a key part of being able to take environmental & social action in an environment at risk. Entabeni can assist with leader- & leadership development, group functioning, strategic planning & problem-solving for groups of all ages & levels.
- General environmental awareness
This broad term relates to courses that do not necessarily link to a specific syllabus or curriculum but are more thematic in approach with a focus on ecoliteracy.
We have access to area specialists of most natural & social sciences. We will collaborate on programme design & content in all disciplines ranging form botany to developmental studies.
- Training & development
We have developed a unique set of skills in the course of our 17 year history as environmental educators. Skills in environmental & nature interpretation, environmental & outdoor learning programme design & development, effective environmental communications, and good problem-solving skills to name a few. From time-to-time we offer course & workshops in these areas. Have a look at our Projects page for details.
Please email, call, fax or send us a smoke-signal & we will
arrange a visit to your school or organisation to show you in detail
what we do & provide you with a quote.