With funding from the National Lotteries Commission we are able to bring learners from 12 eThekwini schools situated around the Inanda dam and uMgeni river system to be part of our Ecosystems Project.
Sixty grade 6 and 7 learners from each school will attend 3 lessons. These lessons are linked to the Grade 6 and 7 Natural Sciences curriculum, addressing environment and water resources, health of the planet, tides, biodiversity and classification of living things as well as our impact on the environment.
Our first school was uMgeni Primary school learners who spent the morning with uShaka Sea World marine educators.
We took the learners to the rocky shores and mangroves to show them the diversity of these ecosystems and the impact that upstream activities have on these delicate systems.
The learners also went on a guided tour through the mangroves and enjoyed exploring the rockpools for animals that they had learnt about in their previous lesson.
For many of these uMgeni Primary School learners this was their first experience exploring either the rocky shores or mangroves. Excursions are not only great fun, but provide the perfect platform for learning through experience. The children’s laughter and uninhibited joy at being outdoors in the marine environment was as infectious and their questions were enquiring.
We look forward to hosting these young learners again for their final lesson in the programme.