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Schools programme engages learners in addressing climate change

Frieda Paton

The prize-giving event for the 2019 Bohlabela District Climate Change Programme for Schools was held at the conference facility of the Pilgrim’s Rest Environmental Centre on February 21.

Every year schools in the District enter in the programme which is organized and judged by the Department of Agriculture, Rural Development, Land and Environmental Affairs (DARDLEA).

The theme for high schools was for learners to identify and address a climate change issue at their school. The winning secondary school was Tladishi High School in Buffelshoek, Bushbuckridge.

Two Grade 11 learners from Tladishi, who were the project leaders, entertained and educated those present. They first enacted a short drama, followed by an impressive presentation of everything the project had achieved.

The issue identified at the school was waste management and the campaign to address this problem included teaching learners not to litter, implementing waste recycling at the school, putting a stop to burning of waste to prevent pollution, and piping greywater to a vegetable garden.

Learners were also encouraged to take what they had learnt into the community.

“Today we are here about the affairs of the environment – how to look after our land and water to make agriculture possible,” said Mr. H Ndlovu, Acting Director of DARDLEA for the Bohlabela District, in his keynote address.

“We don’t only want to change you, but also empower you as future champions for climate change, the sort of people who talk about climate change with passion.”

The theme for primary schools was waste management and the winning school was Babati Primary School in Justicia Village, Hazyview. Saving water was last year’s theme for pre-schools and the winner was the Early Success Pre-School. There was also a competition for special schools which was won by Tsakani Special School. Learners from this school, dressed in colourful costumes, entertained the audience with wonderfully performed traditional dance.

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