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High School Learners Summit Experiential Learning at Silver Mine Reserve

CAPE TOWN, 12 February 2023 - Eighteen Grade nine learners from Sophumelela Senior Secondary School in Philippi participated in an environmental hike to Silvermine Nature Reserve, part of the Table Mountain National Park.

Attractions within the Silvermine Nature reserve range from popular and well-marked mountain bike trails, to bird watching and hiking.

Activities Aligned with School Curriculum

The South African Education Project (SAEP) High School Programme provides life skills and stimulating extra-mural outings to develop environmentally conscious and responsible youth equipped with information about human rights, responsible citizenship, and career guidance. The programme is linked to the Life Orientation subject, which in term one covers physical education and participation in physical activities which promote health and fitness.

Experiential Learning and Learner Safety

learners were taken through the basic rules of hiking, e.g., no picking of plants, always stick together, do not go in front of a leader, do not go behind the sweeper, etc. they were taught about different fynbos species and their adaptations during this challenging yet interesting hike. Learners also got a chance to experience the Tartarus Cave, which is, without a question, one of the most thrilling little treasures that are situated in the heart of this part of the Western Cape coastline, the False Bay coast.


The educational excursion was made possible by the Mountain Club of South Africa (MCSA) to promote environmental awareness and instill environmental activism in youth and young adolescents, while also promoting physical activities and living healthy lifestyles. The Mountain Club of South Africa was founded in 1891 and is the largest and oldest mountaineering club in South Africa, one of the oldest clubs in the world.


Mr. Shane Everts, Head of Communications and Fundraising, South African Education Project (SAEP) 082 537 8721,

Technical Education-related queries: Mr. Donavan Fullard, Chief Executive Officer, South African Education Project (SAEP)

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