Through HESC, WCT tries to actively support underprivileged schools.
Paulos Ngobeni Primary School
In the past, WCT has supported Paulos Ngobeni Primary School with donations including: vehicles, computers, furniture, stationery and other needed items. HESC also offered an opportunity for the learners to visit the centre annually.
In 2010, HESC in conjunction with Camp Jabulani (HESC’s sister property), introduced the eco-project to assist the Paulos Ngobeni Primary School to grow and enhance their own vegetable gardens, and to facilitate a much needed soup kitchen for the learners and the surrounding community.
Daphney Makubele, principal, commented: “In permaculture, nature is respected and looked after because we also benefit from plants concerning food, medicine, shade, aroma, beauty products and combating soil erosion. The success of the greenery project relies on our committee, which includes our sixty learners, six community members, two general workers, four educators and the support of HESC and Camp Jabulani. Each year we gain more or less R6 000 from our vegetable garden. Part of the funds are then ploughed back into the project, while the majority of the funds are used to improve the school.”
Dr Riana Stone taught the teachers and learners hands-on techniques, such as making your own compost, which species of plants to plant together or to keep apart and advised them regarding planting seasons for different vegetations and watering techniques.
The project educated Grade 5 learners to grow their own vegetable gardens and produce vegetables in order to start a soup kitchen at the school.
Lumukisa Primary School
In April 2016, we partnered with Lumukisa Primary School, located in Acornhoek, Mpumalanga, South Africa. The school supports 987 learners and 19 teachers.
This partnership gives underprivileged students the opportunity to learn more about endangered wildlife, particularly the cheetah and rhino. Groups of 16 learners visit the centre throughout the year, accompanied by 4 teachers. During these visits they assist the staff, as well as the students of the Wildlife Conservation Experience (WCE), as they go about their daily duties. They are taught about conservation and the beauty of wildlife.
As part of the partnership, we try to assist the schools with much-needed equipment by sharing their wish lists with the participants of the Wildlife Conservation Experience, as well as with visitors to the centre and our supporters. Funds may also be raised by visitors or interested parties.
ENRICHING SCHOOL CHILDREN
In excess of 10 000 learners per year visit HESC as part of their curriculum-oriented school-journey service outings. The visit to HESC is a highlight in the itinerary in that it concentrates on the cheetah specifically. Schools are prepared for the visit ahead of time to ensure that the experience extends beyond the visit into actual classroom environment. Both learners and educators are given every opportunity to ensure that a visit to the HESC becomes a life-changing experience, focusing on the management of their own world and environment.
The didactic focus is tailored to the level of the visiting group, and educators leave with hard copy to use as resource material. In this way, the HESC becomes a living presence in the classrooms of each visiting school. All resource material is professionally designed and ties in with the SA National Curriculum Criteria.