TUI Junior Academy South Africa

Like everywhere, climate change is having a profound impact in South Africa and posing significant challenges to the environment, economy and social fabric. Two of its most visible consequences are the unstable rainfall pattern and increased frequency of droughts, which impact the country's agricultural sector and the vital role it plays in food security and rural livelihoods. They also disrupt natural habitats, lead to species loss, and threaten the delicate balance of ecosystems. The implications of this ripple through the tourism industry, as the country's rich biodiversity is a significant attraction for both domestic and international visitors.

Investing in education to raise awareness about climate change in South Africa is crucial for several reasons. Education plays a vital role in poverty reduction, but limate change exacerbates poverty by disproportionately affecting marginalised communities that lack resources to cope with its consequences. So by educating local people about climate change, they can better understand the relationship between poverty, climate change, and sustainable development. 

The TUI Junior Academy South Africa raises awareness about climate change in South Africa amongst school children. It equips high-school learners with vital knowledge about climate change and environmental protection and teaches them how to cascade this knowledge in their schools and communities by organising campaigns and projects like community clean-ups and guerrilla gardening.

The project covers 200 schools and works closely with the National Department of Education, school managers, and 40 local Civil Society Organisations (CSO) to train 1,000 high school students as changemakers and Eco-Champions, so that they can roll out 200 campaigns and community action projects on the topics of climate change and environmental protection in their schools.

To support the learning and campaigning of these students, 200 teachers, 80 representatives of local Civil Society Organisations and 40 District Officials from the Department of Education also receive virtual and in-person training in environmental awareness and protection.

A concluding Eco Summit enables 80 learners and 40 CSO representatives to reflect, share best practices, inspire and plan the way forward. In partnership with local nature experts, the summit participants also join relevant excursions and experiencing nature. 


Masifunde is a non-governmental organisation founded in 2004, which runs development programmes for children and youth in Nelson Mandela Bay, South Africa. Masifunde's work is driven by the vision of a united society in which everyone is empowered through high-quality education to participate pro-actively and confidently in societal issues and thereby initiating positive change in their own lives and the lives of others.

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