Nine rural schools qualify as Eco Schools

ACORNHOEK - Today was a special day for nine primary schools in Acornhoek, as they got rewarded for their efforts towards conservation! Andover, Beretta, Chayiwe, Ezrom, Jameyana, Mabon’wana, Powerline, Senianya and Sihlekisi primary schools have all been part of the Green Kidz Initiative programme run by Nourish.  Through Nourish NPO and with the invaluable assistance of the Environmental Monitors (funded by Kruger2Canyon Biosphere), the schools offer weekly environmental education to their learners in grade 4, 5, 6 and/or 7. More than 1,300 learners are positively influenced in this manner, with the most motivated learners also being taken on field trips to get a hands-on immersion opportunity. Reward outings include trips to Kruger National Park, Khamai Reptile Centre, Moholoholo Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre or Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre to enhance their conservation passion!Last year, Nourish was able to sponsor the WESSA Eco-Schools programme in all nine schools, with thanks to NedBank’s generous donation. With Nourish’s help, moringa trees were planted, food gardens created and a clean-up session around the schools’ premises organised. Ezrom primary even took the wonderful initiative to turn waste paper into charcoal. In this manner, learners experienced firsthand how waste can become something useful again, and even valuable. They now sell the charcoal to the teachers. Each school has in its own special way worked hard to achieve ECO SCHOOL status – embedding green principles in the lives of the students, parents and even teachers at the school.  ‘It’s a pleasure to be part of this journey towards green students and green schools,’ says Sarah Bergs of Nourish. ‘As NedBank graciously continues their sponsorship, we hope today’s award giving ceremony was only the first of many more to follow. Creating ambassadors for conservation!

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