The recent Holiday Club organised by the Sustainable Seas Trust (SST) for children from Ikamvalesizwe Combined Schools was held on 5th, 6th and 7th July. Ncumisa Mzaza, the Education Officer from SST says that one of their on-going projects is educating young minds to care for the environment. (It follows their slogan “Sustainability & Poverty Alleviation through Education”). The main aim of the Holiday Club was to raise awareness and to motivate and encourage children to be ambassadors for our environment.
The programme was held over three days.
On Day 1 the message was “Not everything needs to go to trash… Reduce, Recycle, Reuse…Healthy Planet, Healthy Oceans.” The children made crafts using items which would normally go to trash.
Ncumisa said ‘on day 2 we did a puppet show….”The enormous crocodile” even though it was fun the message still remained – “Keep our river and oceans clean.” Animals rely on us for their survival, so no throwing away plastic etc because they’re killing our environment. (We always refer to “Our” to instil the sense of ownership and pride into the young minds)’.
On day 3 the group visited the Bushmans Amatola Water Plant. The idea was to teach the children about the importance of water and how much work is put into providing clean drinkable water.
SST extends a special thank to our local Municipality for allowing them to use the Kenton Town Hall, to the Amatola Team in Bushmans and from East London for the water plant tour. Also to our volunteers and on-going supporters – the Jesus Our Teacher (JOT) team, Daphne McNeil from Estuary Care, Cherry Smith and everyone else who made it possible.