Environmental Education

///Environmental Education

Education is the most important step toward creating a sustainable future, and it is for this reason that SAEP ensures that children who learn through our programmes are given an environmental education.

Through our Environmental Education Programme, we aim to foster a sense of environmental responsibility in learners and make sure they are aware of the risks associated with unsustainable environmental practices. Through integrating environmental education into our programmes, we aim to create learners who are mindful of the environment from an early age.

Learners are taught how to positively affect their surroundings through discussions on topics from recycling, biodiversity and energy to careers in conservation. We aim to provide the learners with a higher level of consciousness and a sense of appreciation of the natural environment, while shaping and instilling a passion for conserving natural areas and decreasing our carbon footprint.

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SAEP’s Sustainability Story

Sustainability of SAEP is key to our ability to continue to make a difference in the lives of the children and young people through our educational programmes. This involves first and foremost financial sustainability, but also good environmental practices, maintaining our credibility and reputation, risk management, commitment of our board, staff and volunteers, demonstration of cost effective practices and monitoring and evaluation of our programmes.

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Highlights and Outcomes from 2015

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356 Individual learners and students participated in a hike

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100% of learners in the Hope Scholars Programmes participated in a hike

woman12188% of participants felt a greater appreciation of the environment as a result

Highlights and Outcomes from 2014

Icon environment hand  55 environment club participants

Icon environment hike 24 hikes and excursions

Testimonials

I enjoy the environmental and nature activities and the SAEP staff are good and kind people
Grade 8 Learner
The camp was such fun and I have more information about the nature reserve
Grade 8 Learner
I enjoy the fun activities and taking a walk through nature
Grade 8 learner

We have a long standing partnership with Mountain Club of SA and Cape Union Mart. These organisations take our students on hikes, provide food and transportation and educate learners about the natural environment.

We partner with the I am Water Foundation for beach clean ups in Cape Town

The opportunities develop an appreciation for natural places in students who otherwise rarely have the opportunity to visit them, and teach lessons about teamwork, perseverance and environmental responsibility.  In addition they expose learners to passionate conservationists who inspire a love of nature and the outdoors.

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