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World Water Day is an annual United Nations observance day held on 22 March that highlights the importance of fresh water. The day is used to advocate for the sustainable management of freshwater resources (UNESCO, 2023). It is about taking action to tackle the global water crisis, in support of Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 6: water and sanitation for all by 2030 (UNESCO, 2023).

This environmental Calendar day is important in Western Cape since the province recently experienced day zero. Since 2015, South Africa has experienced water shortages. This is mainly because of climate change, which causes rainfall delays that eventually decrease dam levels, leading to droughts within the country.

The Eco-Club from Vukani Primary School visited Table Mountain National Park in Cape Point to celebrate world water day. Learners were taught about the water cycle and how it occurs, and they were taught about the importance of water and the environmental issues that result from water contamination.

Learners were divided into groups of 5 to complete the fieldwork. The first task was to identify species that they found along the coast using a magnifying glass and they had a presentation about their findings. The activity was part of the school’s ongoing efforts to introduce an intellect of marine life and links to CAPS topics.


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