After our first successful term of lessons at Weber Gedenk Primary school, we embraced the new challenge of our set of lessons with the students from Stellenzicht High School. The school had established a ‘Green Club’ with the help of Usiko and they generously allowed us to facilitate their weekly meetings. The club was mainly comprised of students that Usiko had identified as children who are in need, so the club was primarily used as a platform to broaden the horizons of these students. We were amazed at the knowledge that the children already had about their surrounding environment. They showed a lot of insight as to what was going on around them, our job was simply to tell them more about the underlying ecological principles that were beneath what they saw.
We had setup our lessons to be very interactive and more life-skill based. All the lessons we taught were focused on nature with an underlying message that would inspire or motivate the students. One example of this was the lessons we did with biomes. Using the example of plants and how plants do not specifically choose where they grow in but have to adapt according to the conditions. Similarly, the students are like plants; they do not have control of their environment, but they do have the ability to adapt!
These were the type of messages that were the focus for the high school. We were able to provide the Green Club with basic knowledge on the ecology of the environment around them, whilst at the same time encouraging them and motivating them towards a better and brighter future!