The Ramatau Eco Club has about 30 members, and the Maahlamele Eco Club has around 50 members. We meet weekly after school to discuss different subjects; we already talked about all of the big 5 animals.
The children wrote about the most magical moment in their lives, here is a magical moment that I personally really liked by Khomotso: ‘One day I was walking in the street and I saw a very sick dog. I took the dog to the hospital and later the dog was fine. The owner of the dog thanked me and I felt really good because I helped an animal’.
They also wrote down the goals and objectives for their eco-club in groups of four. One of the groups came up with the following: ‘We want to be famous about what we are doing, to be seen on TV; to go to the USA to represent our country and club’.
Last week it was extremely exciting, we held elections for the positions of the club president, chairperson and treasurer. The candidates had to give a speech, and they were very serious about it, convincing the others to vote for them. They are learning so much more than they even imagine.
We also planted trees at the school with the children. They now know why trees are so important to us, they provide us with oxygen. After planting the trees in the hard and dry soil, they had to get some water, because they know that trees need water to grow. The club is responsible for the trees, they are taking care of them, and they feel so important because of it.
Because of this project these kids don't only get more education, guidance and learn more about life skills, they gain so much more self confidence and feel valued. They have the feeling that someone cares, and that is the most important thing.