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Solwazi Primary School Students really taught me the meaning of appreciation. It’s truly unfortunate the state of some schools out there, but the most incredible and inspiring thing is that they don’t allow their circumstances to keep them down. Despite the conditions at Solwazi Primary School they know how to be joyful and appreciative of what they have. It was really a worthy morning, one filled with lots of singing, dancing, learning and laughing.
Just those few hours with the learners at Solwazi Primary and it felt like Christmas had come twice in one year. I could never be able to sum up my experience but I am truly humbled by it. Thanks to Grant from the MTN Golden Lions Rugby team for joining us at the project. The energy project was a great success — message of the day: From 5 to 9 is peak time, so we must switch off the lights!
Before beginning this journey one wouldn’t have known the impact one would leave in the young hearts that we interacted with during the energy and bean projects. We began our first official Miss Earth project in Thokoza, Eden Park Primary School where we taught grade 2’s and 3’s about food security by planting beans, and about being energy efficient.
This was an amazing learning experience as I got to see the appreciation in just looking at the smiles of these learners and seeing the excitement from our presence. I may never know if what we taught them will stick but I do know what they felt will not be forgotten, because I will never forget how I felt that day. Beautiful, and an unforgettable experience. Thank you Miss Earth SA.
My Energy Efficient Project took place on 15 May at Maragon Primary School, it was a surreal experience teaching young minds. I’ve never done a presentation in front of school learners and teach them about the issues we face in our enviroment. I was nervous and what made it worse was that I forgot my laptop with the PowerPoint Presentation. I was lucky to be working with very polite and helpful teachers one of them offered me the use of her iPad. I eventually met the energetic grades 3s which made it so easy for me to communicate and interact with them.
The project included a presentation on renewable energy sources and the importance of being energy efficient. With the presentation I was teaching young ones how to save energy and use it effectively, for example by switching off lights when they are not in the room and unplugging appliances not in use. I was highly impressed with learners as they knew about solar panels and how they work. After the presentation the learners wrote a letter to Switch, the Miss Earth South Africa’s Energy Mascot, saying how they pledge to be energy efficient consumers. As part of their letter, they each did a drawing on what sustainable energy is to them. I selected the best for inclusion on the Miss Earth South Africa’s blog.
Working with these children was an amazing experience. I was very impressed as they responded well to what they learned. My personal experience working with the learners of Maragon Primary School was a phenomenal, surreal experience that I am thankful to the school for giving me the opportunity to do my project about Energy Efficiency with Eskom with them.
Huge most appreciation to Tamerin Jardine, Miss Earth South Africa 2012 for attending my project and to MESA too because they also gave me an opportunity to empower myself with the knowledge and platform to help create sustainable difference and preserve mother earth.
Makgomo Athalanda Sebesho
Regional Finalist Miss Earth South Africa
Today I took part in the Food security – Bean planting activity with a Grade Two class from Laddsworth Primary School.
After being welcomed with huge smiles and little hugs , I introduced myself. I explained to them why I was with them and what I hope they gain from my class.
I then started off my lesson with an ice breaker, I asked all the children to tell me what they know about recycling and food security. I was amazed when I heard the responses. Most of the children knew the importance of recycling and why we were planting our beans in Glass jars instead of a plastic container. I then explained to them the importance of sustaining our resources and how each one of us can make a huge difference by recycling. I explained to them what items should be recycled and how they can dispose of them to prevent damaging our environment.
I then handed out my worksheets and showed them how the beans will grow and what stage they will be ready for planting. I explained to them the planting process and that they should choose an area where the bean will be safe and get enough sunlight and water. I then handed out cotton wool and beans and demonstrated the steps of putting the beans in the jar. I then went around and checked that everyone was doing it as they should.
Once the children put their beans on their classroom windowsill, I handed out a piece of paper and we had a colouring in contest! The idea was for the children to draw what they think a happy earth would look like. After beautiful drawings and laughter full of excitement, I handed out green fizz pop suckers to all the children. J
We all gathered on the carpet afterwards and I was given bags of second hand shoes that the children had brought for the clothing drive. Soccer boots, takkies , flip flops and slippers! I couldn’t believe my eyes J
I thoroughly enjoyed this activity as I got to educate some of the children that didn’t know as much as the others about our environment. I feel like I learnt just as much from them as they did from me. The time I got to spend with them, will never be forgotten. Thank you Miss Earth for this amazing opportunity.
My first time being in Thokoza was amazing and i had humbling experience dated 01/05/2013 in Thokoza at Eden park.We Received a warm Welcome from the Educators.We Taught the learners how to grow a bean in a glass jar with just a cotton wool and watch it grow into a beautiful bean plant that can be planted in the vegetable garden. Very interesting how that bean seed can grow by just watering it and giving it sunlight and most of all lots of love.
It was a surreal experience educating this young minds the importance of planting a seed and the responsibility of take care of it.Then we also did the Energy Efficiency project.Teaching this generation how to save energy and use effectively.switching off they lights when not using electricity or not in the room and unplugging when not using appliances.Energy can be saved by using solar panels instead of heaters and solar glass jars which they use can supply light and it uses solar powered LED lights in the lid to bottle sunshine.This was fun fun and personally I learned so much especially about the bean glass because all this was new to my eyes and ears.
Thanks to Ella Bella for the Demos and how to facilitate,it is very enlightening and needs lots of enthusiasm,and I just could not wait to do my project. Thank You to Miss Earth South Africa in Association with Consol for this wonderful mind opening experience and most important Thokoza for letting us share the knowledge we have with the young generation and see how eager they want to save energy and take responsibility in the bean seed they growing in a glass.
My bean project started off with many eager high school learners asking, “Ma’am, when are we going to plant the beans? And can I bring glass jars from home?” Over twenty Grade 8 and 9 Edenglen learners participated in my bean project. What I was really pleased about was the enthusiasm and excitement shown by the learners and how willing they were to participate and learn about the importance of sustainable living. Many learners had encouraged others to join the project and eventually the class was full of learners. Some of the learners commented on how easily food could be grown, in their households, starting with a simple bean.
The day following the planting, the learners rushed into the classroom asking how ‘their’ beans were doing and if they could water them.
I believe that this project made an impact on many young lives because as I walked out of the class, the learners had proudly written on the board, “I planted a bean!” And I hope that I planted the seed for the importance of our environment.
I look forward to the next project!