Overview - Waste On average each individual creates 2,5 kg of waste per day. We are approximately 6,5 billion people on earth. From a Cape Town perspective we only have 3 landfill sites remaining. Coastal Park, Vissershok and Bellville landfill site. Life expectancy of each landfill site is approximately 30 years but the more we generate waste the quicker it will fill.
Reason for selecting waste and water Complaints from parents. Leading to implementation of the 3 R’s Litter damaging to the school’s image and filling up the trenches. Trenches filled with stagnant water. Health hazard
Implementation Phase During our grade 3 lesson plan discussions we addressed the problem. We took the initiative to report to principal. Assembly with the entire school. Grade 3’s were identified as litter police.
Active Learning Framework Up until recent it was only education in and about the environment. Education for the environment seeks to promote a willingness and ability amongst learners to adopt lifestyles that are compatible with the society and ecologically sustainable. Learners cannot expect to do clean-up operations as if it is of no sustainable value. They have to engage in more complex environmental learning processes.
Active learning framework “Taking action” Learners came up with the idea of having litter police to Minimize the littering and water police control the taps during interval. Also to recycle some of the litter. IN the school ground. Our learners took a walk around the school to do an audit on the amount of litter and also the amount of water that is being wasted. Learners had to report back on their findings on the audit that was conducted. This is a combination of knowledge from about & in and this equals to a better understanding of the whole issue. Knowledge ABOUT the topic. At an assembly we introduced the learners to our topic and spoke on the advantages and disadvantages of liter and water. Waste & Water
What then about the saving of water? Water tank sponsored by Sanbi. Catching up rain water.
Time frame – 5 Year project Phase 1: February 2010 Rolled out WSD April 2010 Think global act local: Recycle, re-use in order to reduce waste-July 2010 Completion of phase one – December 2011 Implementation of phase 2:January 2012 Adopt a plot Completion of phase 2 - December 2014
Partnership Sanbi Peninsula Feeding scheme Mondi- paper Consol- glass Unemployed parents- get boxes City of Cape Town Working for water Business community Parents Metro Rail Neighbouring schools Caretaker and cleaning staff
In need of a permanent room for learners to eat..
Linking the project with the curriculum. Numeracy: LO 1: Number, Operations and Relations – using the bottle tops. LO 4: Measurement- Capacity – Using the 2 liter bottles. LO 5: Data Handling – Sorts, orders and organizes the chips packets.
Literacy LO 1: Listening – Instructions LO 2: Speaking – Asking questions LO 3: Reading - information on chips packets
Life Orientation LO 1:Health Promotion - Participates in recycling project LO 3:Personal Development – Group work skills
E M S LO 1: The economic cycle – Ways in which the school can generate money. Ways of avoiding waste.
Natural Sciences LO 1: Scientific investigations Plans – use waste to communicate the group’s plan. Does – Participates in activity. Reviews – Explains the purpose of activity.
Technology LO 1: Technological processes and skills Investigates – Why products are made of particular materials Designs – Choose material to make simple products Makes – How products are going to be made and what will be used Evaluates – Identifies strengths and weakness
Challenges One of the biggest challenge is the negativity of some of our educators. Lack of EE knowledge. Implementation of new projects. To stay motivated. Dedication
The way forward To apply to the city council for the piece of land along our school fence next to the bridge. Convert it into an indigenous walk way that is free from litter, squatting and drug trafficking. Involve neighboring schools. Get funding so that the project can become sustainable and to take on new projects. Get the political leaders involve. Contact Metro Rail for funding. City Police Portlands community
Recommendation More involvement from the school community. Neighboring schools to come on board. Mindset of teachers must change. Stakeholders to become more visible.
Conclusion This is a 5 year project hence the reason for using the grade 3’s. The success and sustainability of this project will depend on the dedication, commitment and support from educators, learners, parents and the community of the Portlands area. It will also depend on NGO’s other stakeholders and government assistance.