The National Environmental Education Programme (NEEP) was founded in 1975 in response to the widespread environmental degradation that was taking place in Eswatini. The programme was identified as the country’s national strategy for creating environmental awareness amoung citizens, by co-ordinating and creating a structured educational programme nationally that would encourage and empower citizens with adequate knowledge to enable them to utilise resources sustainably.
The programme was placed under the auspices of the Eswatini National Trust Commission (ENTC), a legally gazetted government parastatal mandated with conserving, protecting and raising awareness on natural and cultural heritage in Eswatini.
The programme is focused on educating citizens on the importance of utilising resources in a sustainable manner and has a multi-faceted approach in undertaking this pivotal objective, the three (3) prominent facets being:
1). Hosting of school and community groups for educational sessions at either of Malolotja or Mlawula Environmental Education Centres, where a whole host of environmental topics are deliberated and practical approaches to sustainable utilisation of natural resources are emparted to participants.
2). Co-ordinating the weekly Imvelo Yakitsi radio programme on Eswatini national radio, which talks to topical environmental issues that are deliberated with the intention of raising awareness in citizens on the importance of utilising natural and cultural resources in a sustainable manner.
3). Leading and partnering with various national stakeholders in celebrating national environmental commemorations, earmarked to raise awareness on practical measures that can be adopted by citizens to ensure that natural resources are utilised in a sustainable manner.