kenya environmental education network

Kenya is faced with a myriad of environmental challenges that range from pollution, global warming, climate change, deforestation, desertification, land degradation, poaching, loss of biodiversity, poor sanitation to mention but a few. These challenges are largely anthropogenic. They arise as a result of unrestrained human activities on the environment and threaten our very own existence.
Addressing these challenges and preventing new ones from occurring requires an approach that aims at changing how humans interact with the natural environment. This approach must encompass change of attitude and behaviour towards the environment, knowledge and deep understanding of the environment, its associated problems and solutions and inspire not only awareness and appreciation of nature but also stewardship and practical action.
Humans must adopt a new set of sustainable lifestyle and values to make the earth a sustainable and liveable place. This shift requires active dissemination of environmental information and mobilization of citizens to play an active role in environmental problem solving through a robust environmental education program that inspires action.
The goal of environmental education as envisaged in Belgrade Charter, 1976, is to develop a world population that is aware of, and concerned about, the environment and its associated problems, and which has the knowledge, skills, attitudes, motivations, and commitment to work individually and collectively toward solutions of current problems and prevention of new ones.
Even though various recommendations have been put forth to implement and strengthen environmental education across the globe, environmental education in Kenya is still nascent and growing at a slow pace. Children are increasingly becoming disconnected from nature. People are increasingly becoming unconcerned about the environment and our disappearing biodiversity.

This can be attributed to shortage of trained and experienced personnel and professionals in the field, inadequate resources, inadequate collaboration among stakeholders and to some extent the overloaded and examination oriented curriculum in learning institutions among other challenges. It is for this reason that Kenya Environmental Education Network has been established.
Kenya Environmental Education Network aims to work strategically and collaboratively towards advancement of action-oriented environmental learning in Kenya in order to enhance environmental literacy and ensure that Kenyans are actively engaged in environmental stewardship and contributing to a healthy and sustainable future.
At Kenya Environmental Education Network, we believe that for active and meaningful environmental learning and action, both in school and over a lifetime, critical and creative thinking, decision making, communication, as well as collaborative, participatory and experiential learning are essential and must be emphasized.
We support and advocate for the move beyond awareness and appreciation of nature to environmental stewardship and action to promote hands-on environmental conservation and management in Kenya.
We welcome partnerships and collaborations with like-minded individuals and organizations to realize this mission.

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our vision

To Be the Coherent Body of Information about Environmental Issues and Epitome of Environmental Action.

our mission

To Advance Environmental Learning and Inspire Lifelong Stewardship of the Environment.

identity statement

Nurturing Green Leaders and Building Green Economy through Environmental Education.


Creating an Environmentally Conscious Society

principal objectives

  • 1. To use effective means to create awareness and educate the general public about environment and stimulate critical thinking, discussion and informed environmental decision making.

    2. To promote environmental education through existing educational, scientific and research institutions.

    3. To design and develop locally tailored environmental education content, tools, strategies and methods.

    4. To promote environmental awareness in both formal and non-formal sectors and all sections of the society.

    5. To carry out capacity building and training of teachers and environmental education practitioners.

    6. To evaluate impacts of environmental education programmes and activities.

    7. To Promote exchange of ideas and information pertaining to environmental education.

    8. Provide technical assistance to schools and organizations for development of environmental education and related programmes.

    9. Encourage educators and students to transfer lessons learned into action.

    10. Promote understanding of environmental systems and challenges and rally people to participate in protection and preservation of the environment.

    11. To play an advocacy role in support of environmental education and action.