Pupils educate their community

2018-06-28 06:00
PHOTO: suppliedPupils from Ebomvini Primary school at the water festival.

PHOTO: suppliedPupils from Ebomvini Primary school at the water festival.

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THE water explorer challenge continues as three local schools take on challenges to promote water conservation. Among the top 15 teams that qualified in South Africa, Port Shepstone Junior Primary school, Ebomvini Primary school and Mansfeild Primary school were selected.

Each school won a water festival where they showcased their efforts in completing challenges.

Last Friday, Port Shepstone Junior Primary School had their water festival where members of the community where invited to attend.

“There can be little doubt these youngsters understand completely that things cannot stay the same if humanity is to have any chance of surviving on this planet,” said Water Explorer programme manager Bridget Ringdahl.

“They know that recycling helps but that reducing our consumption is only the real answer to our prolific waste generation.

“They know that we are using far more of the Earth’s resources than it is possible to replenish. So what do they do? Through being part of the Water Explorer programme they learn to become critical thinkers as well as being empowered to take real action such as implementing water saving projects at their schools, growing their own food and swapping old clothes instead of buying new ones,” Ringdahl said.

Port Shepstone Junior Primary School completed 18 challenges which were co-ordinated by Kerry Piper, an educator of the school.

As part of one of the challenges, pupils were taught how to make rain gauges. Onhle Mgobozi, a grade 3 pupil, said: “All you need is a five litre bottle, a marker, masking tape, rocks and enough water to cover the rocks, rain gauges help measure rainfall and this will help with water usage.”


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