Eco Villages, developed in partnership with our sponsor Make A Difference Leadership Foundation, are the entry point in developing a broad-based relationship with a school. Eco Villages consist of a large vegetable garden plus refurbished classrooms with vibrant murals for conservation-based lessons. Once a school has shown that they value their Eco Village, Eco Children works with the school to improve essential infrastructure such as libraries, kitchens, toilets and school halls, transforming them into places that are conducive to learning.

There are more than 300 government schools in the Acornhoek / Bushbuckridge area. These schools are all non-fee paying schools, which place immense pressure on management and cause great financial constraint to run them effectively. All of the schools are overcrowded and operate under immensely challenging conditions.

To date, Eco Children has adopted four primary schools in the Acornhoek / Bushbuckridge area: Hloaia, Mahlathi, Matakinya and Seganyane Primary Schools. All of our adopted schools are in dire need of help to improve the basic conditions of for learners and teachers with regards to health, safety and dilapidated infrastructure.

We have established Eco Villages in each of our adopted schools. Eco Villages consist of a large vegetable garden that demonstrates to learners the principles of food production and sustainability, and contributes to the school feeding scheme, plus refurbished classrooms with vibrant murals for conservation-based lessons facilitated by Eco Children staff. Eco Villages are implemented by Eco Children with the assistance of international volunteers and the local community themselves.

Once a school has shown that they value their Eco Village by caring for it appropriately, Eco Children works with the school to improve essential infrastructure such as libraries, kitchens, toilets and school halls. By transforming dysfunctional schools into educational havens with a strong eco focus, we create a place that is conducive to learning.

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To date, we have:

  • Established 4 Eco Villages as an entry point for hands-on environmental education
  • Established 2 school libraries to stimulate the desire to read & learn
  • Refurbished 3 school kitchens to improve hygiene & increase reliability of feeding schemes
  • Refurbished 21 classrooms, creating inspiring environments conducive to learning
  • Constructed 8 enviro loos to improve hygiene, reducing illness & time away from school
  • Built a new administration building and a new school hall 

With additional funding, Eco Children will adopt additional schools and work with them to develop Eco Villages, improve infrastructure and build the capacity of educators, thereby improving education outcomes.