From Programming Robots to Planting Food Gardens

A South African non-profit organisation, Good Work Foundation (GWF), recently teamed up with Konica Minolta South Africa (KMSA) and Food & Trees for Africa (FTFA) to plant trees at South Africa’s newest learning campus: the Justicia Digital Learning Campus (JDLC).

Located on the border of the Kruger National Park and the Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve, JDLC is a futuristic hub of learning focusing its innovative education programmes on the languages of access: “digital” and “English”.

“This is possibly South Africa’s most rural digital campus,” explained GWF CEO, Kate Groch. “But while our team believes that in twenty years time children from this village will be programming robots, we also believe that the children of this village will need a much better understanding of sustainability, which is why we created the bizhub Conservation Academy with KMSA.”

As part of their shared vision to get young rural South Africans excited about conservation, KMSA and GWF, together with the team from FTFA hosted a tree planting at JDLC in January, planting a mix of 50 food and shade trees. The new JDLC team, together with Jeminah Mkhize and Pat Anderson of FTFA, planted sausage trees among the existing marulas and added a mango orchard to the campus.

The planting is one part of a number of conservation initiatives driven by KMSA and GWF, which include digital conservation literacy, field trips into the Kruger National Park and an adult wildlife monitoring short course.

Jeminah Mkhize from Food and Trees for Africa shows the digital GWF team how to plant trees.

The new JDLC team, together with Jeminah Mkhize and Pat Anderson of FTFA, planted sausage trees among the existing marulas and added a mango orchard to the campus.

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These specific trees are low water supply plants that survive without constant watering, which will serve as an advantage considering that the Justicia area.

The two FTF representatives, Jaminnah Mkhize and Pat Anderson from  arrive and scout the Justicia Digital Learning Campus area to find the most suitable ground to plant the trees on.

The two FTFA representatives, Jaminah Mkhize and Pat Anderson scout the Justicia Digital Learning Campus area to find the most suitable ground to plant the trees on.

These are some of the robots that Open Learning Academy has been programming.

These are some of the robots that Open Learning Academy has been programming.

 

Written by Mpho Lebyane

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