GrandWest is sponsoring 120 learners of four different schools to attend nature camps facilitated by the Cape Town Environmental Education Trust as part of the company’s group integrated sustainability Project.
Over the weekend of 19 to 21 July, a total of 40 learners of Muizenberg High School attended a three-day nature camp.
Learners from Ned Doman High School, Hector Peterson Secondary School, Zandvliet High School will also take part in four camps during this year. The project aims to incorporate elements of social-economic development, health and safety, and environmental awareness into the earmarked schools.
The fully-catered camps take place on an island campsite in the Rondevlei Section of False Bay Nature Reserve. This site offers a unique, immersive experience as learners spend two nights on the island in permanent dorm-room style tents.
“The camps aim to educate and inspire children using the beautiful and important natural resources we are surrounded by,” says Genevieve Smith, sustainability manager at GrandWest.
“The special setting of Rondevlei means that the learners are surrounded by the wetlands with birds, fynbos and local hippos. Camps are facilitated by a team of experienced educators,” she says.
“Children love learning while they are having fun. The programmes deal with a range of environmental and educational topics while learners are busy with fun, interactive activities,” says Smith.
The programmes are designed to create an enriching and enlightening outdoor classroom experience, introducing the children to nature and environmental themes.
There is a wide range of nature-based activities that build leadership skills, strengthen team bonds, link to what has been taught in the classroom, or are simply to have fun, immersive natural encounters.