Environmental Education

Environmental Education

Environmental education sets a platform that increases knowledge and awareness of the environment around us. EE exposes various individuals of all backgrounds to environmental problems being faced, and therefore provides a social platform to discuss a better way forward.

The Cape West Coast Biosphere Reserve is committed to the environmental education of the public and wants to place a strong focus on schools, especially in the surrounding areas. The CWCBR is currently working on developing an Environmental Education and Training strategy, which will provide a framework for planning and the implementation of awareness, education and training intervention strategies.

Current educational projects:

Eco-Club Camp 6 to 8 October 2014 at Zeekoevlei

Eco-club Camp was hosted on the 6 to 8 October 2014 at Zeekoevlei in Cape Town, 60 learners from Diazville Primary and St Andrews were nominated to attend the camp based on the overall participation in the Eco-club activities for the year 2014. On the day of commencement of the camp only 50 learners attended that is an estimate of 83% accompanied by 2 teachers per school. Of the 22 learners that attended from St Andrews Primary School R 2200 was contributed towards the camp that is to be paid in at the CWCBR administrator.

Upon the departure attendance registers were completed with the assistance of teachers and myself. Arriving at Zeekoevlei we were warmly welcomed by 5 facilitators and camp coordinator which explained the series of events for the period of the camp this includes programme, activities, safety, accommodation and catering.

The programme was well compiled together as it consisted of lessons on biodiversity.

2. Why these are the best places to solve our problems

Firstly, we want the groups to experience the Mountain and the Sea, so that they can have a sense of ownership and belonging to them. These places are different environments to what they are accustomed to in the community environment. On the Mountain it is quiet and peaceful; at the sea it can be both powerful and tranquil. It is within that quietness, tranquility, peacefulness and power that we will utilize spreading the awareness about littering, the vitality of water, our Cape Floral kingdom, and other discussions. We felt that the Mountain and the Sea would be the exemplary places in regard to the issues that we want to tackle with our youth – here there is no litter, so when we discuss litter, the mountain and the sea are tangible examples of what we expect out of our Communities.

The focus will not only on be on environmental issues; it is critical that social issues are tackled as well. The Mountain and the Sea can be used as tools to address these social issues - as places of refuge; spirituality and power. Issues that will be addressed include HIV/Aids. This discussion will focus on HIV/Aids as the malicious killer of the Nation, so that our young people can be reminded about the dangers and consequences of unprotected sex.

3. Beneficiaries of the project

Youth from different High Schools across the greater City of Cape Town, Atlantis, Mamre, Pella, Darling, Hopefield, Du Noon, Witsand, Brit Bay, Saldanha, St. Helena Bay, Vredenburg, Abbots, Illinge Lethu, Velddrift and Malmesbury Environmental Clubs situated within our Communities.

The reason for focusing on these target groups is that the youth are a large majority of the ones that litter and who waste water. However, more importantly, they can then in turn educate their parents who spend their day working and do not have the same opportunities that their children have because of this; and they can also educate other learners about what have learnt through this project.

4. Partnerships

In order to achieve the implementation of the project, the CWCBR Company approached a number of organisations, both local and national, including: