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Dr. Nthalivi Silo

Dr. Silo

Faculty of Education

Primary Education

Senior Lecturer

Location: 244A Office 23
Phone: 3552993
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Doctor of Philosophy – Environmental and Sustainability Education.


Doctor of Philosophy – Environmental and Sustainability Education.

Nthalivi Silo is a Senior Lecturer in Environmental Sustainability Education in the Faculty of Education, University of Botswana. Her current duties include teaching, research, community engagement, and supervision of undergraduate, masters and doctoral students in environmental sustainability education and early childhood education.
Nthalivi Silo is the Botswana reference group member in the UNESCO program ―Sustainability Starts with Teachers‖ (SST), which is an on-going programme since 2017 that is engaged in the capacity building for teacher educators from teacher education institutions and Technical and Vocational Education Training institutions (TVETs) in the SADC countries. She coordinates and co-facilitates capacity development workshops and training, in partnership with UNESCO (regional office), Southern African Regional Universities Association (SARUA), Rhodes University and the Swedish International Centre of Education for Sustainable Development (SWEDESD), UNESCO NatCom (Botswana) and the Ministry of Tertiary Education, Research, Science and Technology. She was the Botswana council member in the Southern African Association of Environmental Education (EEASA) Council from 2015 to 2019 and contributed to the preparation of the annual EEASA conferences. She was the editor of the EEASA Bulletin from 2015 to 2019 where she compiled articles for publication in the bulletin and edited bulletin issues.


Dr N. Silo teaches undergraduate and masters students environmental sustainability education courses and supervises doctoral students in environmental sustainability education and early childhood education research.

Her research interest is in curriculum issues in environmental sustainability education and development of civic agency and competences in environmental and sustainability related issues in teacher education. She has reviewed several papers for the Southern African Journal of Environmental Education and the journal, Studies in Continuing Education, and has also externally examined various Masters and PhD thesis from universities in South Africa.


Dr Silo  has supervised several undergraduate and postgraduate research focusing on Environmental Sustainability Education and Early Childhood Education.

1. Silo, N. and Ketlhoilwe, M. J. (2020). Environmental Sustainability Education: Driving towards achieving SDG 4 through teacher education, in Keitumetse, S. O., Hens, L., Norris, D. (Eds.) Sustainability in Developing Countries - Case Studies from Botswana’s journey towards 2030 Agenda. Springer

2. Silo, N. & Sinvula, S. (2018). Resilience and coping strategies against socio-ecological risks: A case of livelihoods in a Botswana rural community, Journal of Rural and Community Development

3. Ketlhoilwe, M. J. & Silo, N. (2016). Change Project-based learning in teacher education in Botswana, Southern African Journal of Environmental Education. Vol 32.

4. Silo, N. (2013). Dialogue—Missing in Action Competence: A Cultural Historical Activity Theory Approach in a Botswana School. The Journal of Environmental Education Vol 44 (3)

5. Silo, N. (2011) Children’s Participation in Waste Management Activities as a Place-Based Approach to Environmental Education. CY&E, 21(1)

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