School wins: King’s pupils off to Kenya with climate project

2008-05-26 00:00

PUPILS at King’s School in Nottingham Road are anxiously awaiting their passports as they get ready to pack their bags for Kenya.

The pupils, some of whom have never been on a plane, let alone outside the country, designed the winning poster on climate change among South African eco-schools and hope their trip in July won’t be hampered by delays often associated with Home Affairs.

The competition was open to the 14 eco-schools in South Africa that have international green flag status, which is achieved by showing commitment to environmental learning and action for five consecutive years.

The King’s grade sixes and sevens won for their poster, which was chosen for its size, visual appeal and factual content, when the results were announced on Thursday.

Rupert Denham, a geography teacher and facilitator of the project, said the children are excited about the trip, although there have been questions on safety posed by the pupils, following the political unrest between the two main tribes in Kenya.

“The children will be visiting other eco-schools in Kenya and will be making presentations on the work that King’s has been doing for the environment. They will be able to exchange ideas with schools there. The children are … undergoing a quick briefing on Kenyan history and culture and even learning a few words of Swahili.”

The five-day trip is sponsored by Kenya Airways, which includes flights, accommodation and the expenses of the seven children and two teachers going.

“For some it will be their first trip abroad or in a plane, and passports are being anxiously awaited from Home Affairs. They are wondering if they will get them on time,” said Denham.

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