The Green Schools Initiative falls within the UNESCO Education for Sustainable Development goal, whose main objective is to ensure that every human being acquires the knowledge, skills, attitudes and values necessary to shape a sustainable future. The Initiative also falls within Swaziland’s national policy to promote the enhancement, protection and conservation of the environment and the attainment of sustainable development.
This Environmental Education Initiative was developed as an adaptation of the Eco-Schools Programme practiced globally. The Initiative is linked directly with the Plan of Action outlined in the Millennium Declaration, signed at the 2002 World Summit on Sustainable Development, which aims to deliver Agenda 21 Commitments by involving people of all ages and nationalities through formal school education, training of staff and general awareness raising.
The Green Schools Initiative is also in line with the proposed targets on the Post 2015 Swaziland Education Agenda; Target 5 which seeks to ensure that all learners acquire the knowledge, skills, values and attitudes for global citizenship and sustainable development by 2030. The Initiative is also in line with the Swaziland-UNDAF Priority Area 1: Poverty and inequality reduction, inclusive growth and sustainable development; Outcome 1.2 Communities’ and national institutions’ management of natural resources improved by 2020.