KZN learners make their school more eco-friendly
Article by Nomfundo Ndlovu, WESSA Schools Programme Project Manager
Grade 8 – 10 learners at Swelihle High School in Umlazi township on the KwaZulu-Natal East Coast have put their best foot forward as future environmental champs by planting a sustainable, water-wise garden.
The benefits provided by indigenous plants are remarkable as they are sustainable, use minimal water, are fauna-friendly and thrive without the use of artificial fertilizers. Furthermore, using indigenous plant species to maintain or rehabilitate previously degraded areas is an effective way of protecting local biodiversity - and creates a habitat for local wildlife.
The impact of human beings on the planet is increasing at an alarming rate, and with water shortages and drought becoming a growing concern around the country, we all need to become savvier with water resources.
Through the water-wise garden project, learners at Swelihle High School are developing an understanding that planting gardens are not just about greening and adding value to the school grounds. Rather, by selecting the right plants they are having a positive impact on the environment around them. Learners are becoming more eco-conscious and active change agents too!
Swelihle High School is one of the Nampak funded Wildlife and Environment Society of South Africa (WESSA) Eco-Schools that are creating eco-friendly schools and healthier living spaces in their local community.