Midlands project wins global acclaim

2009-11-03 00:00

THE Midlands Meander Association Educational Project (MMAEP), led by project co-ordinator Nikki Brighton, has won an international award for its work in teaching primary school learners to care for the environment.

The Skal International Eco-tourism Award, in the category of educational programmes, was presented to the MMAEP at the official opening of the Skal International World Congress in Budapest, Hungary, yesterday.

Steve Pillai of Durban, president of Skal International South Africa, accepted the award and will hand it to Brighton when he returns to KwaZulu-Natal.

Well-researched and beautifully illustrated learning materials from the Tourism Education Trust, whose trustees are Skal members based in Howick, are used by the MMAEP to provide teachers with the means to include tourism in the curriculum inmore than 20 schools in the KZN midlands.

Skal International is a professional organisation of tourist leaders around the world who promote global tourism and friendship.

The movement, which unites all branches of the travel and tourism industry worldwide, has eight clubs in South Africa and 453 in 85 countries with about 20 000 members.

The MMAEP was nominated by Skal International KwaZulu-Natal Midlands, which said in its motivation that the MMAEP highlights best practices in tourism and emphasises the importance of educating youngsters to care for the environment in order to reap the benefits of tourism.

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