Colour, Magic and Love Continues…
This year the Midlands Meander Association Education Project (MMAEP) is celebrating 10 years of meaningful environmental education in the Midlands. The Bugs (as MMAEP facilitators are known) bring colour, magic, a love of nature and learning to the Midlands Meander area. They are Siza the Spider, Goggo Gogo, Masechaba the May-fly, Icimbi the Caterpillar, Fiona the Flying Ant, Lawrence the Tree-hopper, Annie the Waterbug, Nthuthu the Leaf-hopper, Palesa and Boni both Bookworms and Gugu the baby Grasshopper.
The year begins with brightly coloured Bugs assisting with planning meetings at all 20 schools registered in the WESSA Eco-Schools Programme. Each school is different – some are small and others are big, some are in townships or out in the countryside, there are noisy ones and quiet ones and in-between ones too.
At Dargle Primary School, Resource Use is the focus for 2014 and the first CAPS based lesson the Bugs co-taught was about water and soil erosion which included setting up an erosion experiment close to the school. The School Eco-Committee plans a Healthy Kids Tuck Shop and Traditional Cook Book this year.
At the tiny Lions River School (only 20 children from Grade 1-7) the brave Grade 6 and 7 class – Dumisile, Nokulunga, Mbongi, Nokwanda, Delisile and Sabelo – decided to run the WESSA Eco-School Portfolio on their own this year! They have taken on individual roles and responsibilities such as garden management, book tidying, poster making and hand-washing lessons. No doubt they will be able to show larger schools a thing or two about eco-commitment.
Last week when the Bugs arrived in full costume to lead assembly at Nxamalala Islamic School in Mpophomeni, they were delighted to discover that the trees planted last year were thriving in the summer rain and sun. Each grade from R to 7 had a taste of Bug Magic with lessons on wetlands, water and forests. They even got to plan the new library they will create this year. What a lot of fun school is on Bug Days!
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