Educational programme teaches rural learners about marine life

  • 08 May 2013 | Ann Kunz

On a class tour of the aquarium

Over the past five years, learners and their teachers from previously disadvantaged schools in Kwa-Ndengezi, Inanda, Maphephetheni, Sea Cow Lake, Hammarsdale and Umbumbulu have committed to increasing their knowledge of the marine environment.

Teachers’ workshops are held monthly throughout the school year at the uShaka Sea World Education Centre. Discussions focus on marine topics related to the school curriculum and include inexpensive activities teachers can replicate with their learners back in their own classrooms, with a view to promoting marine conservation.

Sea World Education staff also assist schools in completing the necessary authorisation paperwork for the learners to travel on public transport to and from their schools. In order to give maximum attention to the learners, where possible, visits are scheduled on separate days.

Through these teachers’ workshops and visits, uShaka Sea World Outreach staff aim to create awareness and interest in the marine environment, since most learners living deep in rural areas do not have the opportunity to visit the ocean and have little idea of what lies beneath the water.

Thanks to the generous sponsorship of NPC, uShaka was delighted to fully sponsor 943 learners from participating schools. Full sponsorship of the learners who came from Ingucwini Primary, Ntshongweni Primary, KwaJakobe Primary, Lakehaven Secondary, Amaoti Primary and Asiphephe Primary included their bus fares, refreshments and entrance fees.

The excited learners enjoyed a marine lesson, a tour through the aquarium and a dolphin show, before hopping back on the bus home. Learners left uShaka Sea World feeling inspired after seeing the "real live animals" that their educators had taught them about.

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