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WESSA awarded eight schools for their efforts in environmental sustainability through careful waste management and educational programmes.

 

Gauteng, South Africa (27 March 2024) – The Wildlife and Environmental Society of South Africa (WESSA) awarded eight schools, part of the WESSA Eco-Schools Programme, for their sustained action in environmental sustainability at the Gauteng Schools Programme Award Ceremony.

Over 70 educators and partners attended the award ceremony, representing schools from the Gauteng province. The South African National Biodiversity Institute team guided the educators through the Botanical Gardens, enriching their appreciation of South Africa’s diverse biodiversity.

The programme, sponsored by Sun International, has impacted 14,426 learners at 19 schools around the country since 2022. Through biodiversity surveys, it fosters environmental awareness, scientific skills, and a deeper connection to nature.

The coveted award of the year is the International Green Flag Award which is awarded to the school(s) that have sustained and implemented five environmental eco themes. The awards were held at the Walter Sisulu Botanical Gardens in early March 2024.

These are the award winners:

The International Green Flag Awards

  • Moduopo Primary School
  • Ipontshe Primary School

Six schools earned silver awards, namely:

  • Tsimong Primary School
  • Ekukayisweni Primary School
  • Tembisa School of Specialisation,
  • Buhlebemfundo Secondary School
  • Soshanguve Secondary School
  • Mamelodi East Prevocational School

“Involvement in citizen science projects not only benefits their education but also contributes to data collection for scientific research and conservation efforts,” said WESSA project manager, Nomfundo Ndlovu.

“Participation in citizen science at school is beneficial as it offers hands-on learning experiences, fosters environmental awareness, and nurtures critical thinking skills. It promotes interdisciplinary learning, community involvement, scientific literacy, and civic engagement, empowering students to become responsible and informed citizens.”


Sources: Press Release
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