Keep It Cool Climate Change Education (KIC: CCE) is a project implemented by VVOB  (https://southafrica.vvob.org/) and GreenMatter (http://www.greenmatterza.com/) in partnership with Fundisa for Change and funded by the government of Flanders.


To utilise the education sector as a strategic resource in South Africa’s transition towards a more climate resilient society. 


Secondary schools in KZN, Eastern Cape and Limpopo address climate change through education, supported by multiple actors at national, provincial and district level.

The project will support 100 secondary schools in the implementation of innovative, curriculum activated climate change projects that actively involve students and surrounding communities to become more resilient and in adapting to and combating the effects of climate change.


Through the KIC-CCE project, VVOB and GreenMatter in partnership with Fundisa for Change bring together multiple actors from the side of the government – the Department of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment (DFFE), the Department of Basic Education (DBE) and the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) – and relevant parastatal entities – the South African Council for Educators (SACE); academia – specifically the university members of Fundisa for Change; and civil society.

More about the KIC:CCE climate change and sustainability education digital library 

The Climate Change and Sustainability Education Digital Library was developed by UCT's Schools Development Unit (SDU) as part of the Keep It Cool project. This searchable, user-friendly online library was developed by UCT's Digital Library Services using the Ibali platform (https://ibali.uct.ac.za). The library contains Open Educational Resources (OERs) that support the broader teaching and learning community with resources that are freely available to all stakeholders. Using a communication strategy that promotes the exchange of knowledge and promising practices among the stakeholders, the CCSDL offers climate change education resources and for the project beyond its immediate scope.

The CCDL is linked with existing teacher training resources, educational platforms and climate change program including the African Climate & Development Initiative (ACDI; located at UCT) and Rhodes University’s Environmental Learning and Research Centre (ELRC).