Hazyview Primary Schools Collaborate In Rhino Conservation Learning

On the 29th August 2017, 20 Grade 5 learners from Ifalethu Primary School, in Shabalala village were hosted by Summerhill Prep School where they collaborated on the Coaching for Conservation (C4C) programme with 18 Summerhill Grade 4 and 5 learners. The children were taught about the need to protect rhinos as well as how the animal impacts the ecosystem and the real consequences that would follow if we allow the rhino to go extinct.

“At Summerhill, we encourage our children to open their eyes to the community around us and to do whatever they can to make the world around them better. Thus this was a wonderful opportunity for our Grade 4 and 5 children to interact with children from another school and have fun together while learning about relevant conservation issues which affect their future,” said Summerhill Principal, Cheryl Calmeyer.

“It always makes me smile whenever we have done a C4C programme with a group of children and then afterwards hear them discussing what they have learned and singing some of the songs they were taught that talk about how the rhinos should be treated; it is one step forward for us,” said GWF’s Conservation Academy Coordinator Sibusiso Mnisi.”

Thank you Investec, supporters of the programme, for this amazing opportunity and access to learning for the Hazyview children; we believe the learning will not end with them, they will take it back to their siblings, parents and communities who will in the end know better and do better to protect all animals and their natural habitat.

“It was wonderful to see the children of the two Hazyview schools learning and playing together as it is together that they will be the custodians of Mpumalanga’s wild spaces,” GWF CEO, Kate Groch

About Coaching for Conservation in Mpumalanga

An internationally-acclaimed programme called Coaching for Conservation (C4C) was introduced to rural schoolchildren in Mpumalanga in April 2016, at Hazyview Digital Learning Campus, a campus managed by nonprofit organisation, Good Work Foundation (GWF).

The aim of the programme, sponsored by Investec’s Rhino Lifeline, is to teach children about conservation issues as well as develop an awareness and sensitivity to the environment they live in; all of this is done through a game of soccer and songs.

The programme links children with conservation awareness through sport. In Botswana, the conservation awareness has focused on wild dogs, but in South Africa, the programme introduces children to rhino poaching, which is, surprisingly, a topic that many young rural children know little about, though they live on the edges of South Africa’s biggest heritage site; the Kruger National Parks.

Three learners from teh two primary school enjoying the rhino conservation lesson through a game of soccer.

Three learners from the two primary school enjoying the rhino conservation lesson through a game of soccer.

GWF Conservation Academy Coordinator Sibusiso Mnisi gets the students to make and be part f a web so he can better explain how ecosystems work and how easily they fall apart if one part does not function as it is meant to be.This was so the students could understand the impact of the extinction of the rhino will have on the ecosystems in the wild.

Conservation Academy Facilitator, Floyd Mokoen,a gets the students to make and be part of a web so he can better explain how ecosystems work and how easily they fall apart if one part does not function as it is meant to. This was so the Grade 4 and 5s could understand the impact the extinction of the rhino would have on the ecosystems in the wild.

Conservation Academy Coordinator Sibusiso Mnisi leads the 'rangers' as they sing and march to get ready for a soccer match against the 'poachers'. Each goal scored against the rangers, a rhino is lost and for every goal scored against the poachers, a rhino is saved.

Conservation Academy Coordinator, Sibusiso Mnisi, leads the ‘rangers’ as they sing and march to get ready for a soccer match against the ‘poachers’. Each goal scored against the rangers, a rhino is lost and for every goal scored against the poachers, a rhino is saved.

“It was wonderful to see the children of the two Hazyview schools learning and playing together as it is together that they will be the custodians of Mpumalanga’s wild spaces.” GWF CEO, Kate Groch

“It was wonderful to see the children of the two Hazyview schools learning and playing together as it is together that they will be the custodians of Mpumalanga’s wild spaces.” – GWF CEO, Kate Groch

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Thank you Investec, supporters of the programme, for this amazing opportunity and access to learning for the Hazyview children; we believe the learning will not end with them, they will take it back to their siblings, parents and communities who will in the end know better and do better to protect all animals and their natural habitat.

Thank you Investec for this wonderful opportunity.

Thank you Investec for this wonderful opportunity.

Written by Hazyview Media Agency.

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