Theme 5: EESI

The Environmental Entrepreneurs Support Initiative is an engaged scholarship that supports young leaders, of exceptional ability, who are already realising outcomes that advance environmental sustainability and who are at a point in their careers where they will benefit from support that enhances their leadership capacities.

EESI supports the grassroots organisation BEEP (Beyond Expectation Environmental Project) with a particular focus on enabling BEEP to support young learners in disadvantaged communities through the lens of ‘food security’ and ‘environmental security’. Young mentors are being assisted through Beyond Expectation Environmental Project (BEEP) to develop their capacity to offer environmental education services to schools and other educational institutions.

EESI is also providing support to entrepreneurs together with the SA Urban Food & Farming Trust, The goal of this project is to assist one or more entrepreneurial organic vegetable farmers to adapt their technical farming skills in support of environmental education and individual/household nutrition security, and thereby to become an independent service provider to school-based food gardening programmes. The project also aims to assist schools and related educational sites to enhance their environmental education infrastructure, staff knowledge, and materials for delivering the curriculum.