Twenty-three primary school learners from around Cape Town were given an opportunity to learn about nature and gain access to the green economy through Nature Connect, which supports the preservation of Cape Town’s unique and biodiverse natural heritage through education, training and conservation initiatives.
GrandWest Casino and Entertainment World donated just over R198 000 towards the 20-year-old organisation’s Sustainable Schools project in 2021. Coupled with an interactive online sustainability hub, the Sustainable Schools programme aims to take the lead in shaping the future of education for sustainable development in South Africa and beyond.
Nature Connect conducts a high quality, outdoor education programme, which is designed to challenge and change the lives of youth, provide training and development to gain access into the Green Economy, and support the City of Cape Town’s Biodiversity Network through providing expertise for the management of public and private conservation areas.
The learners were chosen from Hillwood, Floreat, Harmony, Stephen Road, Montagues Gift, Square Hill, St Mary’s RC, St Clements, Levana and Fairview primary schools in the Western Cape. The recruits were selected from among the most passionate that displayed a keen interest in nature and will receive support for the full length of the term they are a part of the programme, which could be during their entire high school career.
“It was wonderful to meet the enthusiastic learners when we joined them on a hike to Silver Peak,” said GrandWest General Manager Mervyn Naidoo. “They were all very curious about the world around them and dedicated to preserving our natural world for generations to come. GrandWest is pleased to partner with Nature Connect to help encourage our country’s future leaders to conserve our biodiversity.”