Phalaborwa learners join Eco-Schools programme




Primary and secondary schools in Namakgale outside Phalaborwa have become the latest learning institutions to venture into the Eco-Schools programme. An international programme to teach environmental awareness, there are about 10,000 Eco-Schools worldwide in 27 countries. The programme encourages the participation of entire communities in sustainable living guidelines.

South Africa joined the Eco-Schools programme in 2003. The Botanical Society, the World Wide Fund for Nature and the Wildlife and Environmental Society of South Africa fund schools that focus on three biome-related nodes due to their locations. A ?grassland? node is located near Haenertsburg, a 'succulent karoo? node near Calvinia and a ?fynbos? node near Port Elizabeth.

The Palabora Mining Company has provided funds to get the Eco-Schools project underway in the Phalaborwa area. The seven schools registered in the region will form a ?bird? node under the leadership of Joe Peu of BirdLife South Africa.

The schools are provided with a toolkit on registration, which includes a booklet to help plan learning activities around designated international environmental days and other activities such as Birding Big Day.

With a bird focus, the Namakgale learners will enter into activities such as birding trips, starting a feeding area and researching endangered species such as the ground hornbill. Other schools around the country have planted water-wise indigenous gardens and foods, conserved water and energy, become involved in recycling projects and learnt about local conservation activities.

Many of the Eco-Schools represent poor communities that use the natural environment for basics such as food, fuel, building material, medicine or water. For more information on Limpopo Eco-Schools contact Cathy Dzerefos on 083 746 2239 or Joe Peu on 082 398 1695.



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