Nature walks, environmental quizzes, a trust walk, spider webs, water safety and canoeing on the Stanford River, were just some of the fun-filled activities of the DEEP Year end camp. The Dyer Island Conservation Trust’s Environmental Education Programme, known as DEEP, works with dedicated learners from Masakhane Primary school. The programme started in 2016 and runs for three years, with a new intake of 12 students each year. “This long-term approach enables effective monitoring and evaluation of their progress and the impact that environmental education can have on young kids,” says educator Pinkey Ngewu.
At the end of each year, learners go on an educational camp. This year learners from the second, third and fifth year attended the camp at Wortelgat in Stanford, where they spent the weekend engaged in activities that encouraged respect, teamwork, leadership, and trust. Ngewu said of the camp, “My five-year journey with the DEEP Blue ambassadors has taught me that we should focus on the personal development of our younger generation. These young people are our future leaders, decision makers and legislators, and they can have a profound impact on their community. Watching them grow in self-confidence as well as improve their language and communication skills is very rewarding. This camp was a lifetime experience for them.”
Special thanks to our donors who made this experience possible: Overstrand Municipality, PlasLantic, The Rolf Stephan Nussbaum Charitable Trust, Joan St Leger Trust, Khula Cape Foundation, Taurus Cape Kelp and Marine Dynamics.
DEEP learners doing dishes after camp meals
DEEP marine club learners judging the groups
DEEP planning their war-cry
DEEP playing musical chairs
DEEP learners playing a trust game
Owen Henderson Manager of Wortelgat talking about trust to the learners
DEEP third year learner Wendy Lolwana with DEEP mentor Ayanda Ntsewula
DEEP doing some games with Nadia of Wortelgat