The Saeon (South African Environmental Observation Network) Ndlovu node annual educators' workshop 2008 was held on February 16, 2008 at Sefapane Lodge in Phalaborwa. The focal point of the workshop was curriculum support with emphasis on:
The workshops were held at Sand River Bush Camp next to Skukuza. Three workshops were conducted for a period of three days per workshop. Amukelani Nkuna, environmental interpretation education (EIE) officer for Berg en Dal and Miyelani Mhlari, EIE officer for Skukuza office, with the assistance of Tshegofatso Raborifi, John Mahlaola, Martha Kadiege, Grace Shoba, and Eliot Shilote, EIE students, Jane Mabasa, Edward Manganyi, and Richard Mhlongo, EIE assistants, facilitated the workshops.
17 educators from local high schools in Phalaborwa participated, as well Sibongile Mokoena from the Saeon National office. Shanu Misser of Delta Environmental Centre from Johannesburg conducted the workshop.
As a practical activity educators were divided into four groups to design and construct a solar stove using a cardboard box and aluminium foil. Each group presented their stoves and said how they intended to use them.The workshop was concluded with the handing out of certificates to educators who attended an accredited course "Introduction to Environmental Education" last year.
By Joe Sibiya