Local schools celebrate global wind day

2016-06-16 06:00
Schools are putting their weight behind Global Wind Day, in an effort to teach learners more about Renewable Energy                         Photo: SUPPLIED

Schools are putting their weight behind Global Wind Day, in an effort to teach learners more about Renewable Energy Photo: SUPPLIED

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TWELVE local community schools are putting their weight behind Global Wind Day, in an effort to teach learners more about Renewable Energy, and in particular how energy is harvested from the abundant wind in this province.

These schools form part of the Jeffreys Bay Wind Farm’s Foundation Phase Reading Coach Support Programme, an initiative that has been developed in partnership with the Department of Education.

Grade 1 to Grade 3 learners from schools across Jeffreys Bay, Hankey, Patensie and Humansdorp are taking part in this initiative, aptly named The Wind. It includes a Writing and Creative Arts competition to celebrate Global Wind Day. Learners have been further incentivised through prizes that include books, equipment, science goods and even digital cameras. In addition to this Grade 3 winners from across the 12 schools will visit Jeffreys Bay Wind Farm.

“We are pleased to be partaking in Global Wind Day with our local schools; a day when we celebrate the clean, sustainable energy that the wind provides us. This is of particular relevance in the Kouga area, which is in the forefront of wind-generated power in South Africa,” said Marion Green-Thompson, Economic Development Manager for Jeffreys Bay Wind Farm.

Schools that are participating in the Jeffreys Bay Wind Farm initiatives include Chigwell Primary School, Gamtoosvalley Primary School, Graslaagte Primary School, Kruisfontein Primary School, Masisebenze Primary School, Mzingisi Primary School, Patensie Primary School, Quagga Primary School, St Patricks EC Primary School, Vukani Primary School, Weston Primary School and Sea Vista Primary School.

. Global Wind Day is a worldwide event that occurs annually on June 15. It is a day for discovering wind, its power and the possibilities it holds to change our world. In more than 80 countries worldwide, wind farms are in operation, generating energy from a clean and renewable source.

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