Sustainable Schools Programme Hosts Successful Supporting Partners Workshop in Western Cape

The Supporting Partners Workshop held on March 30, 2023, was a resounding success. The Sustainable Schools Team hosted the event at the Old Biscuit Mill Conference and Venue in the Western Cape for both current supporting partners of the Sustainable Schools Programme and those interested in learning more and getting involved.

The workshop had 26 participants, including 11 environmental organisations and industry experts and an official from the Western Cape Education Department. Attendees had the opportunity to network with like-minded organisations, discuss opportunities for action, and learn about the Sustainable Schools Programme and Sustainable Schools Online Platform.

Taryn Van Neel from Shark Spotters noted that “The Sustainable Schools Framework and networking with like-minded individuals were the highlights of the workshop.” Heinrich Jacobs from Recreation and Parks of Princess Vlei was impressed with the emphasis placed on building a community of organisations that can share resources, knowledge, and best practices. He stated, “I found learning about the Sustainable Schools website and the emphasis on getting groups to be a part of a community that resources, knowledge, and best practices can be shared was very valuable.”

The workshop was an excellent platform for attendees to share their experiences and discuss how to work together as a community to promote sustainable practices in schools. Discussions included sharing ideas and different approaches to promoting sustainability, as well as leveraging the Sustainable Schools Online Platform to help achieve their goals.

The workshop helped attendees see different ways of collaborating and joining the Sustainable Schools community to promote sustainable practices in schools. The Sustainable Schools Programme has an important role to play in building a community of like-minded organisations committed to promoting sustainability in schools, and this workshop was a crucial step towards achieving that goal.

The workshop provided an excellent platform for networking, sharing best practices, and exploring opportunities for action. Attendees left with a sense of shared purpose and a network of organisations committed to promoting sustainability.


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  1. Well done to the team for a successful first Supporting Partners workshop! It is wonderful to see how partnerships and collaboration can contribute to meaningful, sustained change!