Outgoing Masters scholars (2011-2012 session)

Laura Conde Aller from the Eastern Cape, South Africa

Laura Conde Aller

Laura has been involved in environmental education and ESD in South Africa since she emigrated from Spain. For over ten years she has worked in the Eastern Cape, supporting schools and community programmes through WESSA and the WWF Eco-school Programme. She is interested in how ESD policy, practice, principles and teacher education in South Arica are supported by different mediators (e.g. International agencies, networks, local partnerships and associations). Laura is passionate about rural sustainable development and practices that enhance people’s quality of life by addressing inequity and social justice.



Janice April from Cape Town, South Africa

Janice April

Having worked as an educator and a programme manager for the International Eco-schools Programme in the Western Cape, Janice knows the challenge of integrating real-world issues into the classroom. She hopes to look at how primary school educators can be empowered to become catalysts in the preservation of threatened ecosystems. Janice’s research will focus specifically on the strandveld fynbos on the Cape Flats.

Sam Faso from Matatiele, South Africa

Sam Faso

While working as a teacher in the Free State, Sam encountered significant environmental challenges in both his school’s curriculum and its general practice. In response, he created an action plan and organised a number of school activities from an environmental education perspective. The school achieved Role Model status for its practice, and eventually became a part of the Eco-School programme. Since then, Sam has become a subject advisor in his district and has been part of implementing the EE curriculum in a number of schools. Sam’s Masters research centres on the factors that prevent schools from joining the Eco-School programme, and what can be done to motivate them towards this.



Harold Gess from Grahamstown, South Africa

Harold Gess

With a dynamic professional history as a journalist, photojournalist, publication designer for print and internet, as well as his years lecturing in the Rhodes School for Journalism and Media Studies, Harold has experience in both real world and institutional contexts. Through his research, Harold hopes to look at the mainstreaming of the environment and sustainability in journalism and the role of colour photography in the alienation of people from their environments.


Nomalanga Nokuthula Hlophe from Durban, South Africa

Nomalanga Hlopheed

Though a high school Geography teacher by training, Nomalanga presently works as the Assistant Manager of the Environmental Education and Awareness Section of the KwaZulu Natal Department of Agriculutre, Environmental Affairs and Rural Development. Her twenty-five years of teaching experience will help Nomalanga to analyse different approaches to promoting sustainable environmental education.

Marba Visagie Jacoba from Pretoria, South Africa


Marba’s extensive work in secondary education, along with her present involvement with the National Cleaner Production Centre, has inspired her current Master’s project. She will examine the role of environmental education in framing and promoting cleaner technologies.

Nicola Jacobs from Windhoek, Namibia

Nicola Jacobs

Through teaching lower primary education for nearly 10 years in a variety of landscapes within Namibia, Nicola developed a particular passion for environmental education. Her Master’s research will be based on pedagogy, learning and action in the field of environmental studies in the lower primary phase. She can’t wait to start interacting with the participants of her research and applying her findings to her theoretical base.


Anacleta Thanda Mahlaba from Pietermaritzburg, South Africa

Thanda Mahlaba

As a teacher, Anacleta has seen how poverty has affected both her classroom and community environment. She has struggled to watch students drop out of school in order to scavenge for food and other basic necessities – often resorting to life on the streets. Through investigating how poverty, land pollution and scavenging affect learning in her community, as well as understanding how the various stakeholders can work together, Anacleta hopes to find a sustainable solution.



Priscilla Masilela from Limpopo, South Africa

Mapula Priscilla Masilela

Working for the provincial and local government as an Environmental Health Practitioner, both in education and management, Priscilla’s primary focus is on public education and how it impacts the relationship between communities and their environments. Through her research, she hopes to analyse how local municipalities can educate communities on environmental issues in a more sustainable way.


Faith Kuda Mkabeta from Zimbabwe, Harare

Faith Mkabeta

Faith’s background teaching Home Econimics, as well as her work as a project officer in Environmental Health Education for UNICEF, has shaped her interest in a variety of learning environments. Through her research, Faith hopes to look at how extracurricular activities can encourage child and community participation to enhance of environmental education and ESD.


Nosisana Princess Nyovane from Alice, South Africa

Princess Nyovane

Nosisana is a primary school teacher in Alice, located in the Eastern Cape of South Africa. Having taught for over 20 years, Nosisana intends to draw from her wealth of experience as she probes deeper into the South African educational environment. Through her research, Nosisana hopes to understand the effectiveness of paradigm shifts in the South African educational system and its impact on learners, educators and society at large, as well as how mobile learning can be used as a tool to improve education in South Africa.


Wayne Peddie from Howick, South Africa

Wayne Peddie

Former goldsmith and designer, Wayne began teaching Environmental Education for WESSA at an educational centre in KwaZulu Natal. He then began a formal teacher training as a Secondary Science teacher, where he taught for nearly 10 years in a variety of schools around the world. Again working for WESSA, Wayne is currently the project manager for Sustainable Education, an accredited environmental education unit, and Stepping up to Sustainability, a sustainability commons project throughout South Africa. Through his research, Wayne hopes to understand more about social learning and motivation and the development of reasoning through sustainability practices.

Uakaa Tjiveze from Okakarara, Namibia

Uakka Tjiveze

Teaching at a combined school in Oshikoto, Namibia, Uakaa intends to apply her Masters research directly to her work field of work. She hopes to better understand the Namibian education system, and whether it's policy or implementation that gets in the way of successful application. Uakaa hopes to develop a good quality educational curriculum that promotes sustainable development and social change.

Veliswa Tshabeni from Lusikisiki, Eastern Cape, South Africa

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Veliswa Tshabeni

As a life orientation teacher in one of the rural based schools in the Eastern Cape, Veliswa has seen how intertwined classroom education is with its broader social context. Her research interest is to look at the strategies to be used to alleviate poverty in school and the community in order to improve quality life and quality education. Her research topic is “to investigate the extent to which School Nutrition Programme can be used for community based environmental learning."

Sindiswa Yoyo from Zwelitsha, South Africa

Sindiswa Yoyo

A the current Deputy Chief Education Specialist for Life Orientation (Gr. 4-9) in the Eastern Cape, Sindiswa knows how important policy is to education. With 9 years experience teaching and lecturing at the Cape College of Education, she is also well versed in the ways of the classroom. Sindiswa hopes to do a critical investigation of the curriculum assessment policy on environmental education issues.

Makhi Zihlangu from Dutywa, South Africa

Makhi Zihlangu

Makhi’s love for the environment can be traced the time he spent working at Hluleka Nature Reserve. While there, he implemented projects which sought connections between conservation and poverty relief. Makhi’s Master’s research will focus on Environmental Education curriculum issues, while looking at ways to improve quality of life through education.

Herman Zokka from Rundu, Namibia

Herman Zokka

Currently a teacher of Social Science and Entrepreneurship, Herman knows about motivating learners. Through his research he hopes to focus and deepen his understanding of how to teach Environmental Education as an integrated core subject in a way that promotes active participation. Herman is interested in developing and reviewing existing programmes for the Ministry of Environment, Water and Forestry and hopes to learn more about the political motivation, issues and risks associated to the development of this curriculum.

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