"I don't get my water from the river. I get mine from the fridge?!"
Zithulele, South Africa
Littering is a problem in Zithulele. So for my secondary project I am targeting different age groups from preschoolers to adults stressing the importance of disposing of waste properly and so looking after this naturally beautiful environment.
This morning I took a break from the daily morning routine at Axium and officially started my secondary project- an environmental project in the community. My first target group is the preschoolers so I went to do a fun lesson on littering which involved learning what is litter and what is not, why littering is bad, a litter sort and a litter pick in the surrounding area.
I enjoyed the morning very much. With only 2 of the pre school children being able to speak English I thought the rest of the kids would find it a bit disengaging however I asked Thandeke, the pre school teachers, to translate into Xhosa for the other children. So the morning turned out to be a success. So much so that is took 15 minutes to get the children back into class because they kept on picking up litter along the way. I guess at least the message got through!
I do enjoy teaching out here but the environment is something that I have a knee interest in so I am very appreciative of being allowed a morning off a week to continue to this.
I should be going to another preschool after the school holidays. It's going to be interesting getting there over these hills, through the Forrest, in 30 degree heat with 2 bin bags full of litter.... I'll keep you posted....