THE CRECHE- TO- CAREER MODEL

Our vision for creating a generation of nature-conscious youth and facilitating entry into the green economy is though the Créche-to-Career model. We initially focus on school children through our various curricula-based and fun initiatives, but then create the structures for out-of-school youth to pursue their interest in the environmental sector through our training and development programmes, lastly allowing for job placement through our Nature Care Fund.

Key focus areas of the Crèche-to-Career model

  • Create opportunities for children to have a life-changing experience through our outdoors camps and day programmes
  • Ensure camp activities support the children’s learning in being linked to their school curriculum
  • Support schools through our Sustainable Schools programme to encourage whole-school learning and sound environmental projects
  • Grow and mentor children in becoming environmental champions through our Conservation Leadership Programme in which we work with the participants for the last 7 years of their school careers, encouraging them to become environmental champions
  • Address the broad spectrum of careers in the green economy and help children to make the correct subject choices
  • Encourage children to implement change within their daily lives to positively impact on the environment
  • Create mechanisms for out-of-school youth to get formal, accredited training and work-place experience in the environmental sector
THE BIGGER PICTURE

Children the world over are becoming ever-distanced from nature to the point where the term “Nature Deficit Disorder” has been coined.


With a failing education system that sees fewer than 15% of youth attaining results for entrance to a university, and with over 60% of our youth unemployed, destruction of nature is often seen as of little consequence. We hope to change this view through our crèche-to-career model, helping youth develop a sense of pride and place and through this, a passion for the natural environment, providing mechanisms for them to focus this interest and enter a career in the Green Economy.


The first step in our crèche-to-career model is the Sustainable Schools Programme, built on Education for Sustainable Development, which seeks to inspire action for positive environmental and social change.


The Sustainable Schools Programme employs a repeat, multi-levelled interaction approach to ensure a greater impact and increased pro-environmental behaviours.

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Education Programmes

  • Fun, immersive environmental, team building and leadership camps
  • Environmental outings to various sites around Cape Town
  • School based environmental lessons and activities, integrated with the curriculum

Through a variety of valuable platforms CTEET provides for young people to develop not only environmental knowledge, skills and pro-environmental behaviours but also confidence, self-esteem and a range of leadership skills. This empowers them to become environmentally-empowered citizens who play an active role in the conservation of the natural world and their communities.

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School Support

  • Individualised school support and guidance with the implementation of environmental action projects, including assistance with project resources. Schools are offered a diversity of immersive nature experiences and are supported in starting environmental projects on the school grounds. Hands-on activities of this nature are often seen as the first step in the reconnection with the natural environment. To strengthen this association, we run environmental programmes in the schools linked to action projects and environmental calendar days.
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Taking Action

  • The opportunity for learners to grow their leadership capabilities, while building their love for the natural world through our Conservation Leadership Programme
  • Environmental celebrations and community action. Hands-on activities of this nature are often seen as the first step in the reconnection with the natural environment. To strengthen this association, we run environmental programmes in the schools linked to action projects and environmental calendar days.
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Teacher Training and Support

  • SACE professional development workshops for teachers

At these workshops, educators and schools are motivated to share knowledge, experiences and best practices; while providing an opportunity for educators to engage in a professional but informal learning environment.

As much as there is a focus on school-going youth, teacher professional development is paramount to the continued reconnection with nature during school hours. Through teacher training workshops we build a community of learning and shared experiences such that we have a bottom-up, ground swell of environmental activism.

Through our Sustainable Schools Programme, CTEET has supported over 50 schools since 2013 with 35 schools working closely with us for three or more years consecutively. During this time schools have been assisted with the implementation of indigenous gardens, food gardens, recycling activities, water harvesting systems and more recently, the challenge of becoming “Zero Waste to Landfill” schools.

Education Programmes

  • Fun, immersive environmental, team building and leadership camps
  • Environmental outings to various sites around Cape Town
  • School based environmental lessons and activities, integrated with the curriculum

Through a variety of valuable platforms CTEET provides for young people to develop not only environmental knowledge, skills and pro-environmental behaviours but also confidence, self-esteem and a range of leadership skills. This empowers them to become environmentally-empowered citizens who play an active role in the conservation of the natural world and their communities.


School Support

  • Individualised school support and guidance with the implementation of environmental action projects, including assistance with project resources. Schools are offered a diversity of immersive nature experiences and are supported in starting environmental projects on the school grounds. Hands-on activities of this nature are often seen as the first step in the reconnection with the natural environment. To strengthen this association, we run environmental programmes in the schools linked to action projects and environmental calendar days.

Taking Action

  • The opportunity for learners to grow their leadership capabilities, while building their love for the natural world through our Conservation Leadership Programme
  • Environmental celebrations and community action. Hands-on activities of this nature are often seen as the first step in the reconnection with the natural environment. To strengthen this association, we run environmental programmes in the schools linked to action projects and environmental calendar days.

Teacher Training and Support

  • SACE professional development workshops for teachers

At these workshops, educators and schools are motivated to share knowledge, experiences and best practices; while providing an opportunity for educators to engage in a professional but informal learning environment.

As much as there is a focus on school-going youth, teacher professional development is paramount to the continued reconnection with nature during school hours. Through teacher training workshops we build a community of learning and shared experiences such that we have a bottom-up, ground swell of environmental activism.

Through our Sustainable Schools Programme, CTEET has supported over 50 schools since 2013 with 35 schools working closely with us for three or more years consecutively. During this time schools have been assisted with the implementation of indigenous gardens, food gardens, recycling activities, water harvesting systems and more recently, the challenge of becoming “Zero Waste to Landfill” schools.