Eco-Schools is an environment management, certification, and sustainable development education programme forschools. Its holistic participatory approach that combines learning and action enables schools to embark on a meaningful path to improve their environment and that of local communities around them. It also influences the lives of young people, school staff, families, local authorities and NGOs.

Eco-Schools Uganda program was first launched in 2006 implemented by Community Efforts for Community Development, CECOD.CECOD is implementing yet another phase of the program. This is a rights-based initiative whose emphasis is on ensuring that every child has to access quality education as a human right. It is being implemented in 200 selected primary schools in the districts of Mbarara, Bushenyi, Sheema and Isingiro.

Conservation Efforts for Community Development or CECOD is an indigenous NGO, a not-for-profit charity registered with the NGO Board. It is a member of Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE) International where it represents Uganda. CECOD has received support from Danish Outdoor Council to run the rights-based program that will run for a period of three years (2014-17).

The national Eco-Schools approach also aims at promoting the principles of Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) and build on former activities in Uganda (from 2006), Malawi (from 2008) and Tanzania (from 2010).

It's rights-based focusing on the right to access quality education as enshrined in the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural rights as well as in the Convention on the Rights of the Child, but also the right to knowledge and skills that will enable beneficiaries to contribute economically and socially and empower them to participate in their communities.

The development objective of this program is to promote active citizenship and improve livelihoods.

The three immediate objectives are:

  1. Increase the capacity of partner organizations, primary school teachers and other duty-bearers to implement national Eco-Schools program using rights-based approaches.
  2. Consolidate and further develop Eco-Schools program as platforms for action-based learning and empowerment of communities
  3. Strengthen advocacy for integration of Eco-Schools approaches and best practices in national education policies as effective tools for ESD and the right to quality education. In order to realize these objectives.