Recycling 2nd nature

The Youth Citizens Action Programme members of the Karabelo Primary School show off recyclable material. From left are Thato Mareka, Karabelo Mekwa, Lethabo Leeuw, Boikanyo Shale and Mapulane Ngulube.Photo: Supplied
The Youth Citizens Action Programme members of the Karabelo Primary School show off recyclable material. From left are Thato Mareka, Karabelo Mekwa, Lethabo Leeuw, Boikanyo Shale and Mapulane Ngulube.Photo: Supplied

Recycling has become second nature to the learners of the Karabelo Primary School in Bloemfontein.

This great idea is being instilled through active participation in the Youth Citizens Action Programme (YCAP), a youth development initiative aimed at empowering and motivating new generations of active citizens to recycle as part of creating a safe environment.

The school’s YCAP team organises recycling campaigns monthly to encouraged the learners to collect recyclable material from their respective homes to drop at the school’s YCAP recycling.

Letshego Mabale, teacher and YCAP project coordinator, said the school has teamed up with Master Recyclers, a local recycling company. She said ongoing participation was a lifelong habit of creating sustainability.

“Our school’s YCAP team is on the mission of making a difference in the school and community. Once a month the team organises a recycle drive through which each learner is encouraged to bring an empty bottle, a can, a box from home, hoping not only to reduce littering at school but as well as at their homes and communities. We encourage both learners from primary and secondary schools to identify challenges and create actions to solve the problems within their schools or communities.”

Strides made include regular routine recycling projects which show the learners that even the smallest actions matter. This year the school again took part in the provincial competition, reaching the regional final having won overall prize last year.

Although winning motivates the learners, according to Mabale, the big prize is getting the society to make recycling a habit.

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