Welcome Message from The Head of Department- Environmental Education
Welcome to the web portal of the Department of Environmental Education of the University of Calabar, Nigeria, where we are increasingly recognized globally as the Green Professionals. Our primary objective is to train men and women that focus on creating and propagating environmental sustainability consciousness to all corners of the world, thus helping to promote the sustainability of Planet Earth. The Department started as a Unit in the Department of Curriculum and Teaching in 1990 as a product of a beneficial collaboration between the Nigerian Conservation Foundation, World-Wide Fund for Nature and the University of Calabar that is located in an area where the only remnant of a pristine forest exists in Nigeria.
The Department runs programmes that lead to the award of B.Ed., M.Ed and Ph.D degrees in Environmental Education by the University. Graduates from the Department can choose to be professionals in population education, tourism education, women education, community environmental education, pollution and waste management education, amongst others. We are preferentially equipped with modern teaching and learning facilities, favourable climatic conditions and tourism sites that contribute to making learning fun and making us be the most suitable destination in the training of students seeking to combine theory with practical research. The Department is the home to the Journal of Environmental and Tourism Education- an international peer-review journal.
Our approach to pedagogy is anchored on the multidisciplinary approach recommended by UNESCO/UNEP for Environmental Education pedagogy. Thus, in addition to our highly trained and motivated team of teaching and non-teaching staff lead by five professors and two associate professors and cream of administrative and technical staff, experts from other related disciplines are also engaged to enrich our curriculum and practices. This has made our graduates be highly sought after for excellent job positions including educational and research institutions, government agencies and industries.
We strongly hope that you will consider either enrolling in any of our programmes or recommending them to those valued friends seeking a unique environment to learn and become future Green Ambassador. We will strongly appreciate you for sharing your feedback, questions and suggestions with us because they may help refine our site information and activities.
Thank you for visiting our site and we hope to meet you soon.
Dr Comfort N. Agbor
Head of Department
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Mission / Vision / Philosophy / Objective
Creative opportunities for sustainable talents harvesting among environmental educators and managers in West African sub-region.
The global model breeding critical talents in environmental education and management for all-round global sustainability
The environment with its state of deterioration has become a global concern. The need to create awareness about, for and from the environment is the philosophy behind the introduction of EE. It is essentially to train and retrain teachers that will take curriculum initiatives and action in the teaching and learning about the environment, from the environment and for the environment.
Environmental Education and Management programmes at all levels hinge on the Green Philosophies. Environmental problems have multiple causes, its solutions also require multi-sectoral approaches.
This programme is designed to overcome environmental decay through mass environmental awareness, personal commitment and local action in order to jointly build a sustainable future through extensive action- oriented research and policy implementation alternatives. This can therefore build, encourage and implement creative sustainable financial, ecological, and economic frameworks capable of gradual reversal of unsustainable social, economic, ecological and technological experiences. The programme equip students with the competencies to showcase their individuality and creativity in matters of sustainability. To ensure its concurrency, the programme promotes, creates and popularizes ecofriendly and sustainable technologies to will tackle ecological decay and unsustainable practices through all educational strategies and instructional processes.
The programme objectives hinge on the vision and mission of the department subsumed by that of the Faculty and the University. Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Education is designed to:
a) Train potential Environmental Educators and teachers for the basic and post-basic educational levels to teach various subjects including Tourism;
b) Produce creative, talented and highly motivated educators with adequate theoretical, conceptual and practical knowledge, functional skills and sustainability values necessary to excel as professional teachers;
c) Train a new breed of talented individuals who can infuse and integrate Environmental Education and related concepts into various subject areas and courses to drive home the focal point of sustainability;
d) Produce highly efficient graduates who can excel as Environmental Educators and Environmental Managers for different sectors of the economy;
e) Promote well-rounded professionals who can understand the socioeconomic and environmental challenges of their time and contribute meaningfully to their solutions; and
Produce sustainability-minded graduates who are well-positioned to meet the dynamic demands of a rapidly changing socio-cultural and technological environment and to actualize practical, realistic, sustainable solutions.
In an international partnership with the University of Calabar focused on deliberate promotion of far-reaching and enduring environmental consciousness in Africa, the Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF) in collaboration with and support of the World-Wide Fund for Nature (WWF- UK) in 1990, sponsored twelve Nigerians on a postgraduate course in Environmental Education (EE) at the Jordan hill College, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow. Upon their return, three EE Units were set up in Nigeria - at the College of Education, Ekiadialor, Benin City, University of Calabar, Calabar and Lekki Conservation Centre, Lagos.
Calabar was chosen as a natural site for EE because of its closeness to a remnant pristine forest in Nigeria where the National Park conserves the rich and rare diversity of flora and fauna. EE programme therefore was established through the cooperation of two non-governmental environmental conservation and protection organizations (WWF and NCF) with the University of Calabar in 1990. The NCF WWF Environmental Awareness and Education Programme spearheaded by the Strathclyders laid the initial foundation for the development of EE in Nigeria. The University of Calabar pioneered the Ordinary and Postgraduate training programmes at the Institute of Education which housed the nucleus of EE. This was subscribed to from across the federation and the neighbouring Republic of Cameroun.
On completion of their agreement in 1995, WWF-UK/NCF withdrew their sponsorship and the University of Calabar took over all assets and liabilities including the three programmes. With the addition of an NUC degree programme in Environmental Education the unit then grew into a full- fledged department within the Institute of Education. The Master's Degree programme in EE was soon added.
In 2007 all degree awarding programmes of the Institutes were moved to the Faculties. EE programmes moved into the Department of Curriculum and Teaching where they were fully accredited and where they remained until February 2015 when five new departments were created out of the then Department of Curriculum and Teaching. A new Department of Environmental Education in the Faculty of Education was therefore, created by the Senate of the University of Calabar effective from February 1st, 2015.