PROJECTS

Environmental Education

Objective

To engage youth in influencing public opinion, perceptions and behaviours towards a healthier planet.

Environmental Clubs

Location

GCBR domain

Project Period

2017 - 2020

About the initiative:

Environmental awareness and conservation clubs are established in primary and secondary schools.

The clubs teach learners how to value and appreciate the natural environment – and themselves as individuals – through various different activities and tasks, ranging from camps, hikes, art classes, food gardens, recycling drives, cleaning and greening their schools and more. Learners are also encouraged to grow their administrative and leadership skills through the management and administration of the clubs. A strong focus is placed on boosting confidence and self-esteem amongst the learners.

Activities undertaken and deliverables:

  • Environmental Clubs established and functioning in Vanwyksdorp, Herbertsdale and Ruiterbos Primary Schools.

Marine Conservation Campaign and Puppet Shows - “Keep Fin Alive”

Location

Mossel Bay Municipality

Project Period

2015 - 2017

Partnership

Keep Fin Alive Campaign, Oceans Research and Veldkerjakkers Poppekas

About the initiative:

As apex predators, sharks are vitally important to the healthy functioning of marine ecosystems. Alarmingly, many shark species are critically endangered, with many more species’ numbers continuously declining. Promoting shark conservation is however very difficult as they are not as charismatic as other endangered species. Key to their conservation therefore is in changing perceptions. The “Keep Fin Alive” campaign promoted the importance of conserving sharks and marine environments, through various educational platforms, including puppet shows.

The star of the puppet show was “Fin”, a soft (toy) shark on a mission to change the negative perception that people have about sharks, and how this perception is contributing to their alarming decline in numbers. Through the puppet shows the children were taught that sharks are not the monsters that society and the media portray them to be, but that they are intelligent and special animals that have a very important role to play in ocean ecosystems.

Activities undertaken and deliverables:

  • Interactive presentations at nine primary schools reaching 1,400 learners
  • Posters and leaflets on sharks conservation and plastics pollution
  • Development of brand-new puppet theatre production
  • Puppet shows delivered to 10 preschools and home schoolers
  • Presentations at SciFest and National Science Week
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Enabling Community Climate Action

Location

Oudtshoorn and De Rust

Project Period

2015 - 2016

Partnership

CapeNature, Wonderbag © Non-Profit Foundation

About the initiative:

This project developed skills and empowered women’s groups in the Klein Karoo to make Wonderbags* and, through a series of interactive workshops, capacitated community groups to understand climate change and the mitigation impact of the use of Wonderbags.

*Wonderbags – eco-friendly slow cooker that uses heat-retention to cook food. This saves money, cooking fuel and carbon emissions, and enables women to use their time for things other than collecting fuel and keeping an eye on pots.

Activities undertaken and deliverables:

  • Community climate change workshops in 24 Klein Karoo communities
  • Capacity development of women’s groups in manufacturing energy-efficient Wonderbags
  • 1,100 Wonderbags manufactured and distributed

GCBR School Posters and Puzzles

Location

Mossel Bay Municipality

Project Period

2017 - 2018

About the initiative:

Design of a creative interactive poster about the GCBR for learners and teachers. The poster is accompanied by a booklet to guide teachers, and a workshop offered to teachers to learn about the use of the material in the classroom. A jigsaw puzzle of the same design is available for the youngest learners.

Activities undertaken and deliverables:

  • 82 posters, 44 puzzles and 35 booklets produced. 15 schools reached.

Marine Conservation Puppet Shows - “Vin die Hartseer Haai”

Location

Mossel Bay Municipality

Project Period

2017

Partnership

Veldkerjakkers Poppekas

About the initiative:

This project continued on from the initial momentum of the “Keep Fin Alive” campaign to promote shark conservation. It ensured that Afrikaans schools in the Mossel Bay area got to learn about conserving sharks and marine environments through the Veldkerjakkers Poppekas’s own puppet show performance of “Vin die Hartseer Haai” (Fin the Heart Broken Shark).

Activities undertaken and deliverables:

  • Creative educational puppet shows brought to 10 primary schools and more than 1,400 learners

Water Conservation Puppet Shows - “Druppels”

Location

Mossel Bay Municipality

Project Period

2018

Partnership

Veldkerjakkers Poppekas

About the initiative:

A puppet show called “Druppels” (“Droplets”) was rolled out during 2018, with the focal message on water security and the value of water.

Activities undertaken and deliverables:

  • Creative educational puppet shows brought to 15 primary schools and more than 1,300 learners

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