Pupils taught new concept

2015-09-09 06:00
Photos: tania sandberg
ABOVE: Grade 3 pupils from        Siyathokoza Primary in KwaMakhuta with their tomato seedlings.

Photos: tania sandberg ABOVE: Grade 3 pupils from Siyathokoza Primary in KwaMakhuta with their tomato seedlings.

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CANGRO is a South African innovation that teaches children how to grow food in a can, hanging upside-down. Galleria Mall and Arbour Crossing Retail Centre launched the Cangro initiative for the first time in KwaZulu-Natal at two schools on Arbor Day.

This campaign teaches children responsibility and how to take care of something other than themselves. It gives them a sense of purpose and ownership. The cans are made of only recycled material, says Kurt Hoggan, Galleria general manager.

The project forms part of the Grade 3 curriculum and each pupil received a can containing an upside-down tomato seedling. The pupils then take care of the seedling for six to eight weeks.

Cangro director, Dianne Kramer said Kamalinee Primary School in Isipingo should be proud to be the first school to be chosen.

Local theatre actress, Tessa Denton, entertained the children with interesting facts, such as that all polar bears are left handed and that when elephants eat from a tree, the tree sends out a message to other trees to release a sap that makes their leaves bitter.

She taught the children ways to look after the environment, that everyone can make a difference and taught them how to take care of their plants by means of a short play.

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