Sithandimvelo Environmental Education Project
Sithandimvelo is a Zulu name which means “we love nature”. The Sithandimvelo project started last year at Obanjeni rural community in the Umlalazi municipality. The project is run by Sibusiso Mahlangu, a graduate of University of Zululand and has become a beacon of hope for the Enjabulweni and Ensingweni primary schools.
Sibusiso believes that environmental education is a key to the future of our communities. The project introduces learners to environmental education from a young age so they become conscious of their impacts on the natural environment.
Mtunzini Conservancy has helped Sibusiso by introducing him to Visual Problem Appraisal (VPA) – a film-based educational methodology.
Now, funding is badly needed for a digital projector, stationery and other costs to support the Visual Problem Appraisal programme and expand the scope of the environmental education.
APRIL 2017 – MARCH 2019
- Equipment and materials: Digital projector R8, 000, Stationery R5, 000, Composing Visual Problem Appraisal toolkits R20, 000, environmental vegetable garden x 2 R40,000
- Experiential training: Visits to environmental sites R15000, Lessons R250 per lesson x 50 per school (2) R25,000, Transport R5000, T-shirts and caps R185 x 120 = R22,000
- Maintenance stage. Ongoing 2-year programme. Clearing, painting, resurfacing and restoration where needed R50,000