|During the evaluation it appeared that some effects
on the behaviour of participants could already be noticed. According to
the evaluation survey 97% of the teachers believed that the environmental
awareness of their students had been enhanced, and 85% felt that this will
extend to the families and communities of the students.
Sometimes the students did not succeed in convincing their families. They met difficulties in changing certain social practices like washing clothes in irrigation canals and drains.
Community activities were undertaken by 45% of the classes to raise environmental awareness and to improve environmental conditions. These activities involved small specific campaigns, such as persuading neighbours not to burn or dump waste in the village, but to dispose it in a safe place away from the village.
Children attending the environmental course at literacy classes
SUSTAINABILITY AND REPLICABILITY
Development of the curriculum involved consultation and pre-testing with teachers and supervisors of the various villagers in Sohag so that the acceptability and relevance of the curriculum was maximised. In addition the students have benefited from the course and are already putting into action some of the concepts learnt.
Caritas has contributed to the development of the curriculum and pays the teacher’s salaries. It has conducted the training with its own staff, so that it can easily extend the training to teachers from other Governorates or organisations.
In view of the success of the programme in Sohag, Caritas intends to replicate the work in literacy classes they run in other Governorates in Upper Egypt.