Enriching Young Minds

August 05, 2015 by dyertrust

As part of our environmental education programme, the Dyer Island Conservation Trust (DICT) and International Marine Volunteers (IMV) has joined hands with Gina Boysens Enviro-Club from Masakhane Primary School to help to enhance their programme and to fulfil our aim to nurture young minds and instil in them a passion for the environment and the conservation thereof, with a focus on marine life.

On the 3rd of August the group of 9-10 year old girls were collected from school by Francois Swart, our IMV coordinator, and brought to the African Penguin and Seabird Sanctuary (APSS). The IMV volunteers joined in to help out, making sure all the learners had a quick snack on arrival and they helped them with their special DICT T-shirt for wearing to their club meetings. Then they got down to the business of learning all about where plastic, glass, metal and paper come from, how paper is more renewable than plastics, why recycling is important and most importantly what we can do to make a difference in the world around us, by making wise choices.

Each child made a plastic promise, which they signed, mentioning various ways in which they will help the environment, like taking a material or plastic bag to the shop instead of buying one, picking up plastic on the road, not littering etc. They also learnt about recycling swop shops and were encouraged to participate in the scheme.

At the end of the afternoon we watched a live feed on the big screen showing us how the penguins at APSS were fed and then we were treated to a really great song by all the girls about litter, which was a fun way to end a lovely afternoon with the Enviro-Club.

20150803_153602Many thanks to Gina for inviting us to be part of this venture we are looking forward to many more exciting afternoons ahead!