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Born Free Education Blog: March 2017

March 2017
Written by Sidney Clay, Education Officer

This had been a quiet month and I had three groups only. The third day of this month had been the World Wildlife day. This year’s theme was ‘listen to the young voices’, so we decided to come up with a topic and get the learners to debate it. I got two local high schools together, Sandisulwazi from Paterson and Hendrik Kanise from Alicedale. I took them out on game drive and they had a debate on the impact of agriculture and humans on wildlife. It was such an enjoyable and informative day for all of them.

Presentation Time (above)

After the presentation we gave them hotdogs for lunch and they also had juice. On the game drive they did not see much as it was hot. Lions were seen from a distance and elephants in the watering hole.

Elephants seen on game drive (above)

One of our local high schools were visited by students from Finland. The Department of Education selects learners who are doing well in their studies from the circuit of Grahamstown and these learners get to visit Finland. The next year Finland sends students to the circuit of Grahamstown. The schools in Finland put together a program for SA learners and entertain them. SA schools do the same with Fin students and their program is about Wildlife. They visited us with the Fins this month. The Fins were so happy as they saw the Big Five at Shamwari Game Reserve and they said they will come back again.

The Finish group with Hendrik Kanise students (above)

The last group I had was a school from Port Elizabeth which visit us every year with different groups. The headmaster of the school left for another school in Uitenhage and he already booked two days to bring his learners. The learners from his last school enjoyed themselves even though they did not see a lot. The best sighting for them was to see the wild lion cubs, and one boy asked if we could stay longer. All of the learners loved it and they asked the teacher if they can come with the next group.

WB Tshume Primary School (above)

That is all I have for this month.

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