By Bongiwe Mafuya
Project DEA

SESSION ENJOYED The most enjoyed sessions were Ecosystem and Water cycle at first these kids didn't understood the connection between human beings and ecosystem we then digged deeper on the relationships and roles played by each member of the ecosystem community, we identified living and non living things and where human beings fit and what role we play in the system . Formation of clouds, types of clouds and how are formed then focused on the rain cloud this will then enable them in the future to predict whether there will be rain or not by reading the clouds , role palyed by indigenous forests in cleaning our air and water cycle how they can be used to rehabilitate damaged members of the ecosystem .How can they see pollution through clouds . How can we prevent tornadoes, cloud bursts . 2.BIOLOGICAL INVASIONS School kids they don't know about invasive species they think these species are part of our indigenous community which must be protected . We went through each invasuve within our space identify advantages and disadvantages their common names and name backgrounds. We took one popular invasive which is planted in every home in our villages THE QUEEN OF THE NIGHT which these kids believe it's a medicinal plant , we also looked closer on other invasives which we see destroying our own indigenous plants , rivers and rangelands . I think more education needs to be done on INVASIVE SPECIES . 3. IMPACT DONE After we've done the do's and don't activity , start and stop activity 3 projects in each school were identified . Planting of indigenous trees around school yards that are nearby wetlands which they believe will help in rehabilitating these wetlands , waste management projects which will see community members taking responsibility in waste management in an endevour to save our rivers . Voluntary wattle clearing projects which will see the recovery of agricultural land. We are hoping that the department of environmental affairs will assist in assuring that these projects survive and soread to other communities. Our encouragement comes from knowing that RIVERS ARE MY BLOOD VEINS , TREES ARE MY LUNGS , BAD THING I DO TODAY TO THE ENVIRONMENT THE ENVIRONMENT WILL THRIW BACK TO ME ONE DAY .