Help us connect children to nature

2018-03-28 06:01


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CONNECTING children to nature and exposing them to environmental learning is the passion of a group of over 25 environmental educators from a range of organisations.

Operating as the Happy Earth Environmental Education and Sustainability Forum, these passionate environmental educators belong to various government organisations and NGOs.

They work with schools and communities in the wider uMgungundlovu District on many different aspects of environmental education, from saving water to recycling and conserving our precious biodiversity.

Planning is now under way for the sixth annual Happy Earth Festival to be held in the KZN National Botanical Gardens on April 19 and 20. During the festival, the participating organisations will offer hands-on activities, focusing on experiential learning.

The activities will range from learning about water conservation, river and wetland health, to biodiversity, recycling, fire awareness, how to make up-cycled toys and just have fun in the gardens with the educational Amazing Race.

Many pupils come from degraded environments and poorly equipped schools, and this is often their first exposure to environmental education and a beautiful natural environment such as the KZN National Botanical Gardens. Sadly, some of the pupils can only attend through sponsorship for transport and food. The experiential learning, combined with the variety of organisations involved, make this a remarkable opportunity not to be missed for pupils from all backgrounds.

This year, the event organisers aim to host 1 750 pupils. As many of the children are from rural and township schools, they are in need of funding assistance for transport and a snack. We are inviting you celebrate Earth Day (April 22) this year by helping to create awareness of the natural environment and our human responsibilities towards it, by sponsoring a child for R100 to attend the Happy Earth Festival.

These direct experiences in nature, under the guidance of positive mentorship, are cited as the single biggest contributor leading to positive environmental behaviour and future environmental leadership.

As the world goes dark for Earth Day 2018, we are asking you to ignite a love for our natural world in the heart of a child, and help light the pathway that will lead us all into right relationship with the Earth.

For more information, contact Pandora Long at 072 692 8124 or Sam Govender at 076 655 7081 or e-mail happy

Banking details: Standard Bank

Happy Earth Environmental Education and Sustainability Forum

Account Number: 04595618

Branch: Msunduzi 040727.

Type: Savings account


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