Learners mark Wetlands Day

2020-02-13 06:02
Learners from schools in Mfuleni celebrated International Wetlands Day.PHOTO: SIYABONGA KALIPA

Learners from schools in Mfuleni celebrated International Wetlands Day.PHOTO: SIYABONGA KALIPA

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Learners from two schools in Mfuleni got their hands dirty cleaning one of the local wetlands as part of the International Wetlands Day celebration.

The day was celebrated internationally on 2 February with this year’s theme “Wetlands and Biodiversity”.

However, learners from Manzomthombo and Mfuleni high schools celebrated the day on Friday 7 February.

The event was organised by the Environmental Monitoring Group (EMG), a non-profit organisation (NPO) which works in disadvantaged communities helping them re-imagine their relationships with each other and nature.

EMG’s project manager Siyabonga Myeza said they want to teach people how to take care of wetlands.

“We look at neglected environments which you usually find in poor communities and raise awareness in that community,” he said.

Myeza said the learners came up with the idea of cleaning the wetland.

Grade 9 learner from Manzomthombo, Sikelelwa Mdunywa (14) said cleaning the wetland is important because if it is left polluted, it affects the oxygen they breathe.

She said she was happy to be part of the clean-up because it triggered an interest in environmental studies.

Mdunywa’s teacher Nombeko Sogalela said even though they do have an environmental club at school it was important for the learners to be outside and hands-on during the celebrations because they learnt a lot.

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