GREEN FUTURES

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The greatest good you can do for another person is not only to share your riches, but rather to reveal to them their own. - Benjamin Disraeli

GREEN FUTURES: SUSTAINABLY PAVING THE WAY THROUGH CONSERVATION

Walker Bay is recognised as an area of exquisite natural beauty and abundant marine life but there is another side to this idyllic picture that the upmarket traveller seldom sees. As in much of South Africa, a large portion of the Gansbaai community live in relatively poor conditions and endure such social stresses as unemployment, health and dietary problems and a lack of education – the Green Futures programme aims to implement positive and sustainable change to combat these socio-economic stresses in the Gansbaai community and its surrounds.

Planting the Seeds of Human Potential

Established in 2003, the Green Futures Horticulture and Life Skills College provides educational training to 8-12 unemployed young adults each year. The aim is to give students the skills and confidence necessary to market themselves and become employable, while at the same time contributing to the conservation and promotion of the region’s unique biodiversity.

Since its inception, the Green Futures programme has seen over 118 young graduates and more than 90% of these graduates achieve employment; this is great testament to the innovation, efficacy and success of Green Futures Horticulture & Life Skills College

The Green Futures Projects

Growing to Maturity and Independence

In addition to the education curriculum the college provides transport, breakfast and lunch, uniforms, equipment and a stipend to students.

All theory is backed up by a range of practical work in developing and maintaining gardens on Grootbos and for private clients. The sale of plants and provision of landscaping services by the students provides income to the college. In this way, through their labour, students pay for their tuition and create a self-sustainable business model.

Every year, three of the best students are given the opportunity to visit and work at the Eden Project in Cornwall, UK. This eye-opening excursion helps to reinforce the understanding of our dependence on plants and the natural world.

On completion of their course, the students are awarded a nationally accredited certificate in horticulture and are assisted in work placement.

To visit these projects, join Grootbos on a guided Social Responsibility Tour.

All programmes that are run under the Green Futures mandate combine theory work with practical development of horticultural skills, maintaining gardens at Grootbos and for private clients. The sale of plants and provision of landscaping services by the students provides income to the college. In this way, through their labour, students pay for their tuition and create a self-sustainable business model.

Every year, three of the best students are given the opportunity to visit and work at the Eden Project in Cornwall, UK. This eye-opening excursion helps to reinforce the understanding of our dependence on plants and the natural world.

On completion of their course, the students are awarded a nationally accredited certificate in horticulture and are assisted in work placement.

To visit these projects, join Grootbos on a guided ‘Living the Futures Tour’