Environmental Education Programme

More than 13,000 young people have participated in the Mafikeng SCENE's environmental education programmes. The programme is run along the lines of the Scout method, non-formal education that is complementary to outcomes-based education.

The following aspects are dealt with in the Mafikeng three-day environmental education programme:

  • Why is the environment important? A sensory awareness game is played.
  • Climate Change: Practical ways to prevent the increase in global warming, for example:
    - Energy saving at home by doing an energy audit, using alternative fuel sources, reducing the amount of electricity used and wearing warm clothes
    - Planting and caring for trees
    - Recycling and using waste material for trench bed food gardening
    - Re-use of water
  • Agricultural skills are taught by making trench bed food gardens. This is the first step in poverty alleviation.

  • HIV/Aids awareness: The Scout programme on "Scouting and AIDS" is used as a guideline. The programme and workshop aim to encourage open discussion of sexual health matters, de-stigmatise AIDS, quash myths and encourage healthy behaviour.
  • Sanitation and how to make household water safe from diseases

  • A guided walk through the adjacent game reserve is seen as the highlight by the participants. Here they can observe rhinos, zebras, giraffe, buffalo, wildebeest and various antelope.
  • Investigating different invertebrate habitats. By using magnifying glasses and microscopes invertebrate life is examined.
  • Global resource issues are dealt with in the 'World Resources Game'. The game is played in small teams and gives opportunities to develop teamwork and negotiation skills.
  • Self-development by taking part in the campfire and stargazing.

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