The site manager, Denisha Anand, spoke about the Forum’s programme to develop learners into young nature guardians, and about how they can become active nature conservationists by helping to capture data about endangered species such as the Western Leopard Toad.
Fabian Hartzenberg, from the PCAC, facilitated the workshop. He explained that the totem uses symmetry and balance, perfectly reinforcing lessons about how foodwebs need to be balanced to enable a healthy eco-system. The project can be used when teaching both the art and science curriculum.
Under his guidance, teachers explored different ways to construct the totem poles to using recycled and found materials. The teachers threw themselves into the task, and the results were spectacular.
This event marks the beginning of the Forum’s annual programme to use creative activities to excite children about the nature on their doorstep. A highlight will be our annual parade, this year scheduled on September 14. Any interested teachers can contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thanks to the Peter Clarke Art Centre for hosting the workshop, and to the Ibhabhathane project and Hans Hoheisen Charitable Trust managed by Nedbank Private Wealth for supporting our environmental conservation programmes.