The Cape Town Environmental Education Trust (CTEET’s) decision to extend their programmes beyond Cape Town and forge a national footprint is being underpinned by their name change – Nature Connect.
For the past 20 years, the organisation has been changing lives through nature-based programmes, green skills development and employment opportunities in the green economy in Cape Town. As Nature Connect, they aim to expand their reach across South Africa.
According to Nature Connect Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Dr Anthony Roberts, as an organisation with a focus on facilitating partnerships, they look forward to taking these partnerships to new heights. “It is in the bridging of the public, private and non-profit sectors where we will drive growth and bring about change requiring us to continue to connect people to nature, people to people and people to cause.
“Whilst nature is the foundation of everything we do, we also believe strongly in connecting. We have built a good foundation and look forward to what Nature Connect is going to deliver,” says Roberts.
The first of their programmes to go nation-wide is the Sustainable Schools Programme which has a heavy reliance on the building of partnerships.
Coupled with an interactive online sustainability hub, this programme in Nature Connect’s crèche-to-career model aims to take the lead in shaping the future of education for sustainable development in South Africa and beyond.
Programme manager Jocelyn Anderson says the initiative provides a platform for schools throughout Africa to connect. “We are building a ‘community of practice’, allowing for access to resources and commonality in our environmental message. Essentially it’s a place for participating schools to share successes and learn from each other,” says Anderson.
“With partners in other provinces already coming on board, we aim to have the Sustainable Schools Programme active in the majority of South African schools by 2030 and extending beyond our borders in the next two years,” she continues.
According to Nature Connect chair, Dave de Korte: “It was the right time to review our brand and come up with something new, fresh and exciting – something that isn’t linked to a particular space, region or city – and which is accessible to everyone.”