Dibanisa Camp 24 and 25 June 2011

Posted under Eco-Tourism Blog by Grootbos on 1st July 2011

The 3rd group of Dibanisa participants, this time selected from Masakhane Primary School, attended a concluding camp on Friday 24th June and Saturday 25th June 2011. The overall focus of the 7-week programme, culminating in a nature-based camp, is to educate children about their local environment, the importance of caring for it and how the surroundings affect them personally.

The camp was located at Witvoetskloof on the Grootbos Reserve and was the perfect ending to the programme. While it assisted in tying up the loose ends of each educational session, it acted as a reward to commend the participants enthusiastic interest and cooperative involvement. The children took part in a variety of educational activities such as postcard writing, a quiz on the information gained, a nature walk and a professional presentation on South Africa's snake and spider population.

Local and international coaches from the Football Foundation also attended the camp, and implemented soccer skills, while also leading fun games for everyone to take part in. All children sang and danced around a braai as they roasted marshmallows which really encouraged the group to express their vibrant culture. The camp provided each child with a collection of memories and stories that can be passed on so others can be educated about the beautiful environment of Gansbaai, South Africa.

Dibanisa would also like to thank the Football Foundation coaches and volunteers for keeping the children entertained! Thanks Sicelo, Kaizer, Slu and Amy! We would also like to thank Susan Lochner (Green Futures) & Rozier for leading the nature walk, Rozier for his hospitality and Brummer Olivier for sharing his knowledge of snakes and spiders with the children! On behalf of the Grootbos Foundation and the children involved, many thanks to the Dyer Island Conservation Trust for supporting the environmental education programme. The project would not have had the same impact without their inspirational contribution.

We look forward to our 4th Dibanisa group, which is scheduled to start on the 29th of July! Our participants will come from the Okkie Smuts Primary School in Stanford!

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