Call for Proposal Guidance – South Africa 

The call in South Africa is an open call and is supported by our hub partners at Rhodes University

Introducing the hub team

South Africa hub noticeboard

  • The SA hub are running two further information sessions to help you develop your Expressions of Interest (EoI). Please get in touch via for the meeting link and passcode.
    • Wednesday 17 February from 14:00 (SAST)
      • A session to follow up on any questions remaining around the EoI
      • It will also focus on communicating the vision and aim of a project in a way that is compelling as well as signaling the methods you will use (this is time to consider what makes your application unique)
      • This session will use creative methodologies and group work so you can help each other sharpen the focus of your application
    • Thursday 18 February from 11:00 (SAST)
      • Project budget Q&A session
  • The SA hub ran an online workshop on 9th February to discuss issues arising from the Expression of Interest.
  • The SA hub ran two online information sessions on 4th and 5th February to offer guidance and answer any questions on the Expression of Interest process. We have added the questions that came up during the sessions to the FAQ section on our main call page along with further information. Please get in touch with us via if you have any further questions.

Timeline for the call for proposals in South Africa

Launch of call

27 January 2021

Launch of call

Closing date for the submission of EoI

1 March 2021

Closing date for the submission of Expressions of Interest (23:59 GMT)

Short-listed applicants invited to develop their ideas into full proposals

22 March 2021

Short-listed applicants invited to develop their ideas into full proposals 

Closing date for submission of full proposals

3 May 2021

Closing date for the submission of full proposals

Awards announced

31 May 2021

Awards announced by this date

Country-specific Resources

South Africa Background Paper

In this background paper we consider both: 1) how education can contribute to sustainable development, and 2) how sustainable development can shape quality, relevant education. We also frame the meaning of education broadly, within a lifelong learning framework that includes formal education, technical and vocational education and training, work and learning, as well as social movement and community education and social learning.

South Africa First Engagement Paper

This paper is a companion piece to the South African Background Paper and outlines the insight gained from our first engagement with a wide range of stakeholders, practitioners, activists and researchers. They added their thoughts and experiences to the overall framing of the project and in doing so deepened our understandings of the power and potential that this project could generate in the South African context.

Unintended Methodologies: Arts-based Research Practices as Forms of Listening

This video is a recording of a webinar which took place on 25 November 2020 as part of the seminar series Bristol Conversations in Education, which is run by the School of Education at the University of Bristol.

Think Piece: Learning, Living and Leading into Transgression – A reflection on decolonial praxis in a neoliberal world

A paper published in the Southern African Journal of Environmental Education. Three scholar activists from South Africa reflect on what it means to transgress the limits of a neoliberal world and its crisis times, particularly considering transgressions in the service of a decolonial future.

Environment and sustainability education research as policy engagement: (re-) invigorating ‘politics as potentia’ in South Africa

Using a meta-review approach organized historically in relation to critical policy incidents, this paper critically reviews the process of developing and (re) invigorating Environment and Sustainability Education (ESE) (policy) research as ESE policy engagement over a 30+ year period in a rapidly transforming society, South Africa. It offers an example of long term policy-research meta-review in a context of policy flux. It adds to a body of international ESE policy studies that are seeking to understand and develop the ESE research/policy interface as this relation emerges under more complex conditions.

T-Learning Project Website

The International Sciences Council programme on Transformations to Sustainability strengthens social responses to climate change and environmental concerns. It has established a number of Transformative Knowledge Networks linking scientists, educators, civil society, policy makers, business and other stakeholders together. The T-learning project was one of the first of these Transformative Knowledge Networks.