Today’s children are growing up in an environmentally damaged and technology orientated world. Electronic waste (e-waste) has been identified as the fastest growing waste tributary in the world.
Materials and methods:
The qualitative research approach was followed to investigate participants’ perspectives and experiences on the implementation of environmental sustainable curricula as a compulsory subject for students of Grades four to seven.
Education specialists (n= 18), Grades four to seven teachers (n=20) of five primary schools, curriculum specialists (n=8) and technology specialists (n=6) of various institutions in South Africa were randomly selected to participate in the research study. .
Educating Grade four (nine years old) students on how to handle e-waste could have a major impact on maintaining the environment.
Proposed curricula for a compulsory subject based on environmentally sustainability for Grades four to seven were compiled. These curricula should emphasise the development of students’ practical skills that will enable them to handle e-waste.
Young learners should be equipped with the values, attitudes, knowledge and skills needed on how to manage e-waste and secure a healthy and a sustainable future for all. The qualitative study proposed curricula for a subject on environmentally sustainability (Grades four to seven).