May 19, 2011 by dyertrust

The Dyer Island Conservation Trust is proud to be supporting the extension of theOverstrand Conservation FoundationsEco-Schools programme into Gansbaai by donating toward the cost of the co-ordinator, Gina Boysen. Rob Fryer of OCF approached Wilfred Chivell of the Trust. Sharing a joint passion for the education of our local youth, he readily agreed to support. There are three schools involvedMasakhane Primary School; Gansbaai Laerskool and Blompark Primary.

Gina is a retired school teacher and has actively supported the Trust since she moved to Gansbaai in 2009. Brenda Walters, Operations Manager for the Trust, readily suggested her to OCF for the role, knowing of her passion for education and the environment.

The Trust is open to assisting Gina in her endeavors and recently hosted the eco team from Masakhane Primary on an educational experience of herbs where Great White House chef, Rensa, readily engaged the children by giving them new names such as Rosemary, Thyme and Basil. Special scones with the various herbs were made for the taste experience. The children then had to find their plant in the Great White House herb garden.

Picture to the left: Yola Sibuquashe, Sikulule Kutu, Ava Poni, Analo Yawa And chef Rensa Stemmet

The Trust recently participated in the Eco Schools Showcase where they exhibited and presented on the African penguin nesting project. This provided the inspiration for educators to adopt this as a possible school project. The Trust congratulates the OCF on a great Showcase and wishes both the OCF and Gina Boysen all the best for a successful year.