Illegal dumping tackled through primary school campaign

2016-11-16 06:01
Some of the children taking part in the clean-up project. Photo: SUPPLIED

Some of the children taking part in the clean-up project. Photo: SUPPLIED

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WHEN aiming at educating the community, there is no better way to do so than through the youth.

The Northern Areas People Development Initiative (NAPDI) is addressing illegal dumping head-on through a clean-up campaign and competition which involves primary school learners.

NAPDI has recently initiated the Clean2Win competition with several primary schools in the Schauderville/Korsten area to promote waste minimisation and recycling.

“We want to encourage young children to help build a culture of environmental awareness on an ongoing basis,” explained NAPDI manager, Merl Cherry.

“There is a huge problem with illegal dumping in the Schauderville/Korsten area and we decided to work with schools as enablers for our awareness campaigns. We realised that if we want to engage the community, we need to approach the children first, who would in turn then motivate their parents and other adults to work towards a cleaner environment and to turn waste into worth,” Cherry said.

The competition stipulated that participating schools had to identify a space in their immediate environment which could potentially be transformed into a safe and clean area that could be used for recreational activities by the school itself and the community.

NAPDI also offered huge cash prizes to the schools in the first, second and third place. The winners will be announced at the end of November.

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