The Flight of Dreams campaign involved scores of school learners in various activities to inspire creativity and to learn more about the birds of Princess Vlei. This has included bird spotting at the Vlei, as well as cultural activities to honour birds. It culminated in a parade through Grassy Park with giant bird puppets made by the children, and a concert at the vlei with a play by Hyde Park Primary depicting the Bird’s Great Race and other performances.
Below are the reflections of some of the learners from John Graham Primary Scence Club who participated in the events:
The best thing for me was that we could help our society and the Earth in some way. And we also got a chance to meet new people and make friends. It changed the way I thought about birds because now I know more and what are their names. I think now we shouldn’t take littering and polluting lightly so that we can save Princess Vlei because it’s an ecosystem to all types of animals - Samir Patandin
What I liked is that we learnt a lot about birds and how creative birds are and that they are very beautiful creatures. I liked the parade because we caught people’s attention by walking around Grassy Park so everyone followed us back to Princess Vlei. I love it when we were walking with the birds and we showed people what Princess Vlei is all about. - Cara Lipari
What I liked best is that we got to be creative and to express ourselves through our artwork. I never knew there was such a big variety of different birds, or that they were such beautiful creatures - Jordyn Lisa Kelly
The workshops changed the way I thought about birds – before they were just creatures flying around but after the workshop I realised that their life is as important as ours - Temia May
The whole experience showed me that there is a wide variety of beautiful birds from Princess Vlei, and that we the people have to protect them - Tamsin Dick
The best thing was getting to create puppets of the most majestic birds, native to South Africa. I learnt about birds and about the heritage of Princess Vlei as well - Chandler Folding
The Princess Vlei Forum is delighted to announce that it was awarded special mention at the International IAP2 Core Values Awards in Sydney on 22 October. At the ceremony, the Imagine Princess Vlei project was awarded Highly Commended recognition for Outstanding Achievement in the Developing World.
This follows the our achievement in winning the Organisation of the Year in the Southern African regional IAP2 awards in August.
The IAP2 is committed to fostering the practice of meaningful public participation, and recognises groups and organisations which express the IAP2 core values in their work.
Anglo American Platinum, SRK Consulting, TTM Consulting and Yamedupi Solutions were selected for the IAP2 Federation International Project of the Year for their entry, “Alchemy: Sustainable Community Futures Beyond Mining Through Mining – Engagement leading to the Establishment of Community Development Trusts”.
The international Organisation of the Year went to the City of Melbourne.
Princess Vlei Forum is a small organisation powered entirely by volunteers and funded by small donations from supporters. It is a remarkable achievement for such an organisation to achieve this recognition.
We are extremely proud of this achievement. We believe it is further affirmation that the Imagine Princess Vlei project is a humble but inspiring pioneer in exploring how communities can be actively and meaningfully involved in shaping public spaces.
We hope that this achievement will further encourage the City of Cape Town to work with us on empowering the community to transform this space into a nature and heritage park we can all enjoy.
Read more about the regional awards and the IAP2 Core Vales,
Read the full IAP2 press release.
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