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2018 Review

During 2018 we had an extremely busy and fruitful year packed with many interesting activities – our school programmes were almost at capacity with 10 626 learners from public school in Mamelodi attending fully-hosted quality CAPS-aligned programmes on Biodiversity, Water, Energy, and Waste, made possible through the generosity of our donors. 

Water Program

At our centre we implement Water Wise Programs in our themed water room with activities that educate and entertain learners to be Water Wise. Water activities in the first quarter of 2019 included:
  • Water week celebration in collaboration with Umkariso Women in Water Cooperative with a short march to the Stanza Bopape Community Library where a talk was given to community members on the importance of water.
  • CAPS-aligned Grade appropriate programmes on water cycles and the ecological value of wetlands.
Puppet shows are a very interactive way of teaching younger learners the importance of water and why they should care for it. Manzi, the Rand Water Tap Duck character, is an interactive show at the end of the water program that teaches our learners to look after their water and be Water Wise. 

Biodiversity Program

Our Biodiversity programme cover topics such as learning about soil, food chains, growing healthy food, medicinal plants, and understanding ecosystems. Food security is also intrinsically linked to the health of the soils and sustaining of #biodiversity. During the first term, learners discovered plants in our living garden and learned how medicine was made in the past. We also taught them about the role of traditional healers and the sustainable harvesting of plants.

Preparing for our Quiz

During March, Grade 8 – 10 learners from our Youth Clubs from Mahube Valley, Bona Lesedi, Phateng, Lehlabile, and Stanza Bopape secondary schools visited the Pretoria Zoo to prepare for our annual Environmental Quiz that will take place on 25 May. At the Quiz the Clubs will compete and answer questions about a range of environmental items that affect #biodiversity such as pollution, climate change, vegetation types, endangered species, and indigenous and invasive plants species.

Waste Program

In our Waste Room, we teach the three R’s (reduce, reuse and recycle), and explore the ecological footprint of consumer products following the production of a product from its origin to its disposal. Plastic production will increase by 20,000% in 40 years if we keep things how they are. Plastic is everywhere; unless we take action now, by 2050 there will be more plastic than fish in the oceans. Click for the full article

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