PR: Green Flags and Voices of Praise Fly High in the Eastern Cape

David Mama High School educator receiving their Silver Award. - Supplied
David Mama High School educator receiving their Silver Award. – Supplied

East London – Friday, March 11, 2016, found 30 WESSA Eco-School from the Eastern Cape gathering to celebrate their Green achievements for the past year. The Green Flag Awards were held at the Nahoon Estuary Nature Reserve, an Envirocentre in East London.

Educators came as far as Qumbu, Butterworth and Ngqamakhwe. Ten of the schools that received awards had chosen projects related to reducing litter and improved waste management and had been funded by the Wrigley Company Foundation. Nine schools were funded by the Department of Water and Sanitation and others had registered themselves as they wanted to be part of the Eco-School movement.

The day began with a focus on what Eco-Schools means to educators. Educators were given an opportunity to share their challenges and highlights over the last year and to give advice to new schools. After discussions in groups, they had to report back through the medium of song, drama, role play or poetry. That’s where creativity kicked in, some fused song and dance, some went for poetry.

The second stage of the programme was the presentation of the awards, done with a twist. Schools were given random certificates and had to go on stage to present the award to the actual school.

Mary Phillips from Waste Takers, talked about recycling and the Collect-A-Can competition.

“Can we have the repeat of the day”, one teacher said. They were overjoyed, motivated and proud of their achievements.

The day was filled with song and dance. Educators wore colourful traditional outfits and praise songs [sung] to the Eco-schools programme and WESSA for helping them improve the schools environmental management, teaching and learning.


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