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Green teaching the aim of new centre

THERE was fanfare at the opening yesterday of the R21-million Van Der Kemp’s Kloof Nature Reserve Grootkloof Environmental Education Centre in Hillside.

The centre – which took more than two years to build – will serve as a base in the northern areas where youth and communities can be educated about the importance of preserving the environment for generations to come.

The centre will present a series of programmes in line with national environmental days. Surrounding schools and drum majorettes provided entertainment at the launch which was attended by, among others, MP Hope Malgas.

Senior education environment officer Pumla Koltana said: “The purpose of this centre is to bring awareness of the environment to schools as well as community groups. “There will be various programmes for them to participate in that will form an aid in enhancing what they are being taught in the classroom.

“The pupils will be expected to prepare presentations on their findings, as well as solutions on how to be environmentally friendly.”

The facility has several green features, including solar water heaters, motion sensor LED lights, and rainwater harvesting,

Grace Stead, of one of the sponsors, Local Governments for Sustainability Africa, said the organisation had been looking for a project that could add to something that was already happening.

“We are really happy with what the municipality is doing in helping to go green,” she said.

(Source: The Herald)