Local Schools Shine at this year’s MMAEP Award Ceremony

The Midlands Meander Association Education Project (MMAEP), N3TC’s flagship project, works with 18 schools in the region co-teaching inspirational environmental lessons that incorporate Rudolf Steiner’s head (thinking), heart (feeling) and hands (action) education philosophy.

Experienced education facilitators encourage learners to read and write for fun, teach life skills, values, self expression, ecology, art (and much more) using creative teaching methods to ensure that learning is fun. The MMAEP has also had great success in implementing sustainable action projects like Permaculture gardens and the setting up of school libraries, throughout the Midlands.

All educational activities are designed to integrate environmental education into the existing school curriculum and support positive change using the WESSA Eco-schools Programme as a framework.

This year the MMAEP hosted its 9th annual awards ceremony at Curry’s Post Primary School. The audience was treated to some spectacular dancing and music performed by learners participating in the Music Voyage programme.

The “Bugs”, well known, for their colour and enthusiasm, acknowledged and honoured principles, educators and learners who have worked hard at improving their schools and their WESSA Eco-schools status. Congratulations to Hilton Intermediate for winning the Thengiwe Ngubane Award for best WESSA Eco-Schools portfolio and to Triandra Primary (in the Karkloof) and Silindele Primary (in Fort Nottingham) who were runners up. Congratulations also goes to A.I Kajee Primary School (from Mooi River) for winning the Justin McCarthy Gardening Trophy.

Hawkstone Primary from the Karkloof achieved their 10 year Diamond Decade award, several teachers won prizes for “going the extra mile”, an educator and 2 learners also won certificates for the Brighton Butterfly Writing award and Silindele Primary won a Butterfly certificate for the best and most well utilized school library.

Lungisani Mthalane, a grade 12 student from She O’Conner Combined School, encouraged learners to take become involved in environmental projects “There is no age restriction to environmental action” he said. Sue Hopkins from Future Growth also gave a moving speech about investing in our future by taking action and making a difference. The day ended in the best way possible – with a dance. Everyone took to the dance floor. What a way to end a year of hard work! Supplied by www.mmaep.co.za

MMAEP Hilton Intermediate eco schools award

Hilton Intermediate receive the Thengiwe Ngubane Award for the best WESSA Eco-schools portfolio. www.mmaep.co.za