Miss Earth South Africa, in association with CONSOL, recently visited two schools in the Langa Township to facilitate the planting of 30 trees in celebration of World Environment Week from 4 – 7 June.
The schools visited were Isimela High School and Zimasa Community School. The tree planting session was lead by Cape Town finalist Nayha Gautam and her sponsor from Trees4Schools, Pascale Hoare. A Bellville-based school for mentally challenged adults, Alta Du Toit School, as well as KFM’s Ground Patrol team, also attended the tree planting session.
Step by step, Nayha and Pascale taught the students how to successfully plant a tree and how to care for it. The students listened intently, and were excited and proud to be granted the opportunity to plant their own trees and care for them. They ran up and down, carrying loads of compost, shovels and water cans, to plant their trees.
at least one greening activity per day
Nayha mentioned the importance of planting trees and conservation of the environment. She stressed the importance and significance of World Environment Day and that the students should participate in at least one greening activity per day to preserve the environment.
After the tree planting session, Nayha awarded the high school children with CONSOL jars contraining beautifully placed chocolates. She emphasized that they should always try to use healthier glass storage material, rather than plastics. The primary school children of Zimasa Community School were awarded with one complete Stationery Pack for their hard work, thanks to Park Avenue Stationers in Athlone.
Nayha mentioned that regional finalists across the country will embark on greening projects through the whole of June, visiting several schools to teach children the importance of indigenous trees.