Learners taught to recycle

2018-04-10 06:01
Fish Hoek Primary School Workshop.

Fish Hoek Primary School Workshop.

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Longbeach Mall is inviting learners to take part in the Longbeach Mall Eco Art Campaign. All learners are encouraged to take part in local community clean-ups to gather material for their art pieces, as all art must be produced from recycled materials.

The campaign has been running since February and the art display will take place from 27 April to Thursday 10 May in the mall. During April the top 20 entries will be displayed and customers will be able to vote for their favourite art piece. Entries will be displayed with an educational message of what waste was used for the project and the impact waste has on the earth in the long run.

Learners have until Friday (13 April) to submit their artworks to the mall where local community artist Irene Oxley and Stefanie Swanepoel of African Earth Rights will select the top 20 entries from each category. The winners will be announced on Wednesday 16 May.

As part of the run-up to the competition Longbeach Mall marketing manager, Janine Davidson, and Candice Mostert of Waste-Ed have been conducting workshops at schools to educate the learners on waste and recycling.

Davidson says recycling is very important as waste is a massive problem globally and impacts on the natural environment. “We live in a beautiful coastal environment and feel we need to educate our younger generation about the dangers of waste and especially plastic to our planet. It was with this in mind that we came up with an Eco Art Competition for our children in the valley. The process has been so rewarding so far and we’ve all been amazed at how enthusiastic the children have been and also how much they already know about the global crisis we are facing around plastic and other waste going to landfills.”

Learners are also taught about eco bricking and the various uses of eco bricks. Longbeach Mall is now also an official eco brick drop-off point. Davidson adds that all art must be produced from recycled materials found on beaches and in the learners’ homes and neighbourhoods.

Art pieces must be either an A3 poster or 3D art model/sculpture and must fit within the 500mm x 500mm dimensions.V Call Janine Davidson on 021 785 5955

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