Dibanisa: Celebrating World Oceans Day!

Posted under Eco-Tourism Blog by Grootbos on 22nd June 2011

On Wednesday, the 8th of June, and coincidentally World Oceans Day, we visited the Great White House in Kleinbaai with our Dibanisa group!

Throughout the Dibanisa Programme children have been educated about the local environment and have been encouraged to look after Gansbaai's beautiful surroundings; therefore Wednesday's class was an ideal continuation of the previous sessions, as it provided inspiration and an incentive to put learning into practice. From the hours of 14.00pm untill 16.00pm children attended the cosy atmosphere of The Great White House, in Kleinbaai where, after food consumption, specialist marine biologists delivered a short presentation on South Africa's beloved Marine Big 5 (whales, sharks, dolphins, Cape Fur Seals and the endangered African Penguin). This included information about the sea life and interesting facts about area in relation to seasonal breading patches and adapting habitats.

The children, assisted by international volunteers, then took part in a short quiz which tested their newly gained knowledge. On completion an image of a cartoon sea safari was handed out to the students in which they had to colour. Both activities provided children with the opportunity to view information posters and images around the room, which gave them a chance to absorb further learning. Prizes were also awarded at the end of the class to each group/student that received most correct answers in the quiz and who implemented most effort during the second activity.

Overall the day was successful in connection to the learning outcome as each child gained valuable information. As one child explained; they can now tell the stories and pass on the facts learnt to others; in a hope to protect the natural environment of Gansbaai, South Africa. Consequently many thanks to the Dyer Island Conservation Trust for making this great opportunity possible.

We would like to thank Brenda and Nick for organising the outing and transport, as well as the Dyer Island Conservation Trust volunteers and our volunteers, Amy and Boris, for their assistance! Also a special thank you to Amy who wrote the report and took the pictures!

We look forward to the camp that will take place at Witvoetskloof on the 24th and 25th of June!

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