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La Educación
Número: (115) II
Año: 1993


In spite of an increase in initiatives which contribute to positive behavior towards the environment, there are a number of factors which mitigate against a more dynamic impact in attitudes and behavior. Some of these constraints include:
  • Insufficient funding for Environmental Education programs;
  • Need for greater networking inter-regionally as well as internationally;
  • Need for more teacher training in environmental issues;
  • The negative impacts of structural adjustment programs on educational infrastructure.
As governments all across the region grapple with external debt and structural adjustment impositions, less and less money is available for educational programs. In that context, education about the environment invariably gets marginalized.

It is of paramount importance that the political directorate accord environmental education the priority status it deserves, and provide the human and financial resources necessary for its successful implementation. Indeed, the slow pace at which environmental education has progressed in the English-speaking  Caribbean is directly  related to the lack of trained resource personnel, inadequate teaching materials, and the low priority which has been ascribed to it.

Critical to the successful implementation of any environmental education program is the development of national and regional policies and a comprehensive framework within which to position environmental education activities, funding strategies, and community-based support mechanisms.