Environmental Education

ZWARTKOPS CONSERVANCY EDUCATION PROGRAMME

Masifundisane (Let’s teach one another)

These are our Wednesday lessons for Grade 6 pupils from township primary schools.  This has been going on for over ten years and is a joint venture between Zwartkops Conservancy, Algoa Bus, WESSA and Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality (Environmental Management).  Algoa Bus sponsor two busses per month and between us we have to find sponsors for the other Wednesdays.  The Zwartkops Conservancy has trained two ladies from Motherwell to teach the lessons, so pupils can be taught in their mother tongue.  Each Wednesday seventy pupils are taken on one of the following:

 

ALOE RESERVE TEACH/TRAIL

This is a two km easy trail in the Bluewater Bay area.  It is recommended from March to end of November.  The best time is June/July as the Aloes are in bloom then.  The teach/trail takes about two hours.  Pupils learn about plants and animals, birds, local history, the Zwartkops Estuary, the importance of nature reserves and subtropical thicket, global warming etc.

 

FLAMINGO TEACH/TRAIL

This is a more difficult two km trail in the Zwartkops Nature Reserve which is situated below Motherwell and opposite Redhouse.  It is recommended from April to the end of October when the weather is cooler.  It takes about two hours. Pupils learn about plants and animals, birds, fossils, the Zwartkops Estuary, the importance of nature reserves and subtropical thicket, global warming, salt pans etc.

 

MUDBANK  EXPLORATION

This takes place at Dufor Park, Amsterdamhoek on the banks of the Zwartkops Estuary.  It is recommended during the first and fourth terms when it is warm.  It takes about two hours. Pupils learn about the animals, birds and plants associated with the estuary.  They also learn about estuaries, tides, pollution, global warming, fishing, bait collection etc.

 

After each of these lessons pupils are taken to the Motherwell storm water canal where they learn about storm water canals, litter, pollution, how sewage pipes get blocked and what to do about the problem.  They also see the artificial wetland at the bottom of the canal which helps to clean the water before it enters the Zwartkops Estuary.

 

Any of the above lessons can be given to any school upon request.

 

A TALK “MAKING MONEY/CRAFT FROM RUBBISH”

This is an hour long talk /demonstration on craft items that can be made from litter.   It is given so that groups can see what things are made in the workshops (see below).

 

WORKSHOP ON “MAKING MONEY/CRAFT FROM RUBBISH”

This is where craft items are made from litter.  The group of up to sixty adults or pupils is divided into five groups with a facilitator for each.  Each group makes a different item which they will be able to teach to the rest of the class another time.  One group will learn how to cut up a plastic bag and crochet with it; another learns what can be made from two litre Coke bottles; another how to make beads from paper; another how to make butterflies from paper and the last how to make rag mats from orange bags.

 

PUBLIC WALKS

These usually take place from June until September.  The public are taken on the Aloe Trail or the Flamingo Trail with experienced guides.

 

INTERNATIONAL COASTAL CLEANUP

The Zwartkops Conservancy always takes part in this during September each year, when we also educate the public on the dangers of littering.

 

MARINE WEEK

During October each year we, together with a number of other organisations, take part in practical hands-on lessons to hundreds of school children at SAMREC.

 

POWER POINT TALK ON “THE RISE AND FALL OF THE ZWARTKOPS”

This shows the audience the “good, bad and ugly” aspects of the Zwartkops River starting from its source in the Groot Winterhoek Mountains to its mouth where it enters Algoa Bay.

 

ZWARTKOPS CONSERVANCY MOTHERWELL ENVIRO. CLUB

The youth from this club in Motherwell, give a stirring presentation via song, traditional dance, poetry and drama on the evils of littering and how and why we should look after our environment.

For more information please contact:

Jenny Rump

Environmental Officer

Zwartkops Conservancy

041-4661815/08two8530700