In June this year we completed our first Dibanisa Earth Ranger programme for the year. Learners from Gansbaai Primer all took part in this environmental education programme that aims to inspire an appreciation and passion for the surrounding Overberg fynbos and marine environments, cultivate a love for nature and introduce children to the possibilities of nature based career choices.
Our first lesson was a fun, lively, interactive discussion about fynbos and marine environments. This was followed by the next lesson that highlighted our rich biodiversity. The kids were introduced to the three main fynbos families - Proteas, Ericas and Restios, the threats to this fragile eco-system and why it is important to conserve our precious surrounding.
Our third lesson took place at the African Penguin and Seabird Sanctuary and introduced the kids to the Marine world of whales, sharks, seals, penguins and dolphins. Most importantly the lesson emphasised the effect rubbish has on our environment and particularly the oceans.
The highlight of the programme was undoubtedly, the two-day Dibanisa camp at Disakloof in Betty's Bay, which included visits to the Harold Porter National Botanical Garden and Stoney Point.
We look forward to the next roll out of the Dibanisa Earth Rangers and continue to promote environmental awareness in the children of our surrounding communities.