Educating through ‘re-purposing’

2015-05-13 06:00
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Pupils and teachers with project posters.

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WILDLANDS Conservation Trust, in partnership with Unilever, Knorr, held an event at Copesville Combined Primary recently when underprivileged pupils were handed “re-purposed” educational kits made from Knorr soup shelves.

Also partnering with Knorr in this initiative was MH Moosa Protective Workshops, an employment facility for 150 mentally challenged people under the auspices of the Pietermaritzburg Mental Health Society.

Thousands of Knorr soup unit have been re-purposed to create teaching aids for underprivileged schools. The units were preprinted with numbers, letters and sums before going into stores for the big winter soup season in 2014.

By re-purposing and distributing used point-of-sale shelves, Unilever aims to substantially reduce its contribution to landfill and at the same time make a difference in the lives of pupils.

To start the roll-out of the 2015 project, 637 children from Copesville Primary and their teachers received Knorr kits to be used at home and in the classrooms as teaching aids. Wildlands will work with the most disadvantaged primary schools to distribute the Knorr re-purposed shelves

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