We started this year by welcoming the children from Lepono Secondary. So far we managed to have them all for the week of environmental education, a total of 72! We were also able to arrange a game drive for our 10 students of the week as part of their presents. It happened at Wait A Little at the beginning of the month.
Two weeks ago, we started working with Maahlamele High School and will continue to do so until we have had them all for the week in our camp.
In total, we have welcomed 88 students this year thanks to your support!
After a quiet period, due to COVID and travel restrictions, students of Lepono Highschool have finally been able to come back to DAKTARI over the last couple of weeks!
Florine and Lotje from the Netherlands, Cris from Brazil, Kate from Switzerland and Alice from Germany, are the volunteers currently teaching the children, with the support of Nancy and Lebo, our two great volunteer coordinators. We have an amazing team to ensure that every child coming here learns and enjoys her/his experience.
The children continue to learn a lot from our environmental education program with the different lessons. The highlights for the students last week were:
Animal tracks, animal knowledge and animal care, to help them get to know the animals better, to help them not fear the ones who are harmless, protect those who are poached and ignite their passion for them.
Environment, is to teach them how to keep it clean and why this is important. They also learn the basics about how it works like the cycle of water, the cycle of life and the cycle of oxygen.
Making South Africa a better place, to let them think by themselves about what problems their country or villages are facing and how they can act to be part of the solution.
Politeness, to get them to understand how important it is for them to respect other people throughout their life, either in school for now and also in their future work.
Swimming, as the weather has been good these last few weeks, we taught some children how to swim and they really had lots of fun and laughter whilst doing that.
Hopefully, with everything they have learnt, we hope that they will be able to teach other people in their villages as well as their families about their natural heritage.
We hope all is well on your side and thank you again for your trust and support. We could not do this without you!
Regarding our environmental education project, we welcomed 67 kids due to the pandemic Covid-19 restrictions in the last 3 months from 3 Schools which are Leoma Secondary School from Finale village, Seagotle Secondary school from Sofaya village and Nareng Secondary school from Metz village. We are done working with Leoma High school and we welcomed 47 of their students, and this means for the year so far we have welcomed 170 children.
Every week when we welcome the kids we select the student of the week due to the improvement we saw on the kids, we award them gifts that we receive from our volunteers. We also received some donations from volunteers for things like candies, stationery, cosmetics and clothes and we give them to the kids who are in need of them. We give the students of the week a spekboom tree to plant at home or school to help with the climate change. The last item we offer them is a game drive, whereby we wait until they make a group of 10 students. The game drive is very important and also a lifetime opportunity for the kids because most of them had never seen a wild animal close by, and with that game drive it's where they realised how important the animals are. Then we ask nearby game reserves to sponsor us with the game drive with the kids.
The volunteers are making a good impact on the kids through Environment Education and with the flashcards that we are having, they have lots of pictures and it's easy for them to understand, especially for those who struggle with English.
We planned to start working next year with Lepono school because it has been 2 years not working with it due to the high number of students we get from other schools. The schools that we want to work with this coming year 2022 are Lepono, Rakgolokwana, Maahlamele and, if we can, Leoma high schools.
We hope all is well on your side and thank you again for your trust and support.
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