In September 2019 we launched our new ECO CLUB. Before then, ECO CLUB was an afterschool club where students of all ages could join and learn about the environment and sustainability. We often had classes of over 60 kids who stayed at school on Monday and Tuesday because they loved learning.
Our new ECO CLUB works a little differently. We now work in cycles of 6 weeks. Each week we welcome around 30 students on Tuesdays and Thursdays after school hours. We have a classroom set up in Maahlamele in the Oaks where we teach all of our classes. Children that want to participate in our ECO CLUB now have to apply and fill in a survey. This way, we are able to group kids of the same level together so that everyone can learn at the same speed. Before, we often had students that couldn’t keep up with the pace or got bored because it went too slow for them. With the new ECO CLUB we are able to adjust our lessons to the group of kids and get the most out of it for everyone.
These are the topics we discuss in ECO CLUB:
- The geography of Africa
- The environment
- Saving our planet
- The ecosystem
- How ecosystems work
- Waste management
- School clean-up
- Wildlife crime
- The big 5 (and the other animals)
At the end of the 6 week period, the kids get quizzed on their knowledge and get awarded certificates if they completed ECO CLUB successfully. ECO CLUB is taught by our outreach manager, outreach assistant and any volunteer who wants to join.
By working with the children in the villages, we extend DAKTARI’s impact to a wider population and empower the children to be role models in their community.
With the help of the children in the ECO CLUB, DAKTARI has initiated and sponsored several community projects such as community clean-up projects, reusing rubbish to build a dustbin and planting trees at the crêche and school. We aim to not only improve the aesthetics of the community, but to instill a sense of pride and responsibility for their community into the children. That way they will take better care of it in the future.
When the children are busy writing exams, DAKTARI takes that time to raise awareness about environmental issues in several other schools.
This is a time to reach a wider public of students from the surrounding villages were poaching and environmental degradation is still a big issue. Every other month the outreach team and volunteers go to these villages for an afternoon of fun and engaging teaching games.
During the campaigns, the students learn about wildlife crime, the environment and waste management. This is designed to reach as many students as possible and we encourage work in group to have a personalized and safe learning environment.
As environmental education is at the core of our organisation, we felt the need to reach as many children as possible to empower them to bring positive change to their country. The campaigns are a way to widen our impact to the surrounding communities.
Our outreach team has done its best to set up two possible excursions that allow you to get closer to the South African community.
You can go on a village tour that takes you to the primary school and crêche where you get to interact with the children. This excursion ends with a delicious lunch at a local restaurant that will leave you wanting more!
The second excursion is the homestay where you spend a night and day in the village and experience what life is like for a woman like Maakosha.