Last week, the Children in the Wilderness Zambezi team joined forces with Pristine Victoria Falls to organise a fun and informative afternoon workshop for 50 teachers and students from local schools.
Pristine Victoria Falls is an organisation that is able to see that the issue of litter in our beautiful little town and surrounding areas needs to be addressed from the ground up. Their vision is very closely aligned with CITW’s focus, and because of this, the collaboration came naturally. Using a lesson from our Eco-Club curriculum, the CITW team took everyone through a number of different activities, with the theme of Reduce, Reuse, Recycle running throughout the afternoon.
One of the activities that was carried out involved guessing how long certain things take to naturally break down; many of the teachers were particularly concerned to hear that a small plastic bottle can take up to 450 years to decompose. At the end of the workshop, one of the teachers commented, “From now on, you won’t ever catch me drinking out of a plastic bottle. I can’t believe that! I am going to tell everyone at home about how long it takes to break down. Wow!”
After much excitement and fun at the end of the afternoon, all the participants were given a file that had all the information necessary to carry out this lesson for the children at their school.
Our main aim of this workshop is that these teachers will instil the message of reducing, reusing and recycling in the students at their school. Powered by this knowledge, we hope that these teachers and students around Victoria Falls begin to make small changes in their everyday lives and actively make decisions that benefit the environment and wildlife in our town!