We have developed youth clubs at six Mamelodi Schools, Mamelodi High, Stanza Bopape, Somafco, Bona Lesedi, Lehlabile and Phateng.
Our youth club motto is “Discover, Learn, Take Action” and Our Objectives are:
- To empower the youth with leadership skills and environmental knowledge in order to prepare them for responsible citizenship,
- To awaken a passion for nature and the environment through active participation in schools and communities
- To promote and work towards a cleaner, healthier and sustainable environment
Our youth clubs participate in a number activities annually:
- Environmental Quiz: This year the theme is endangered species and covered topics like grasslands, succulent Karoo, wetlands, forests, soil, species like whales, cranes, cycads etc. Our Club members went to the Pretoria Zoo for a fun day and information session on Rhinos. The Quiz took place at our centre and was attended by our youth clubs and children from the Pretoria Zoo clubs. It was an exciting day for everyone and the winners were treated with a trip to the De Wild Cheetah Research Centre.
- Eco Educational Drama: During the July school holidays children attended environmental drama workshops on the theme Save the Rhino. Where they learned key facts about the Rhino and the educational awareness drive to protect this species. They also learned to make props on a Rhino theme and banners to participate in a Street Parade in Mamelodi to convey a message to the public. This activity culminated in a Street Parade from Church Square to the National Zoo and coordinated by SANParks, National Zoo and Department of Environment Affairs. Our learners helped compile the memorandum and ten thousand signatures to unite against poaching was handed over to the Minister of Environment Affairs.
- Clean Up Campaign: The Youth clubs coordinated a Clean Up. 120 children participated in cleaning the Moretele Spruit together with Stakeholders from the Community: Tshwane Metro, Department of Environment, and local community leaders.
- School Greening: The youth clubs are also involved in school greening, planting and designing their own indigenous gardens. These gardens have changed the school environment to a more pleasant, greener and sustainable school environment.
The youth clubs are a true success story in assisting us to achieve our mission of creating a culture of community conservation in Mamelodi and Southern Tshwane, with the aim of developing awareness amongst the youth to inspire and motivate them to preserve and utilise the wealth of our natural heritage.
To see 120 young people embracing the opportunities we provide and willingly engage with the activities clearly shows our success in creating a new generation of leaders that understand the importance and value of our natural systems.