From trash to trendy

2016-11-29 06:01
Teachers Notemba Tyuluba and Juan Smith with a group of their learners modelling the latest trends in “recycled fashion”.  PHOTO: gary van dyk

Teachers Notemba Tyuluba and Juan Smith with a group of their learners modelling the latest trends in “recycled fashion”. PHOTO: gary van dyk

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New fashion trends are coming out of Factreton Primary School and it’s taking trash from the streets to be in fashion.

Last Friday the Grade 6 learners of the school hosted a fashion show with a difference as they showed off some designs made with an uncommon material – it was made from all trash.

The fashion show was part of an arts and culture project about the need to recycle plastic.

Juan Smith, one of the teachers in charge of the project, explains that the Grade 6 class tackles a project dealing with recycling every year. It forms part of the learners’ grade assessment.

“It’s a very interesting project for the learners because they have to research a variety of aspects relating to the problems of plastic in the environment,” he says.

“Hosting the fashion show is one of the ways that they show how plastic can be used, but they have to make a presentation of other uses as well.”

Notemba Tyuluba, another Grade 6 teacher, adds that another aim of the project is to encourage learners to extend what they learn out of the schoolgrounds and into their communities.

“We want them to know recycling of plastic goes beyond their school; they must take it into their communities and homes,” she says.

“During this project they also learn how they can make money from recycling and we hope that it’s a lesson that they learn for life,” she says.

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