Natural Science learners from Filadelfia Secondary School, Prinshof School for the Partially Sighted and the Blind, and the Itireleng Care Facility for the Disabled had a very special encounter with nature on International Day for Biological Diversity at the Wonderboom Nature Reserve on 22 May.
Designed to accommodate blind, deaf and physically impaired learners, the event presented a distinctive biological diversity awareness programme that accommodated leaners with disabilities and also complimented the school Grade 8 curriculum for natural science.
The City's leadership addressed the audience on local biodiversity issues. The interactive session was a learning experience through hands-on exhibitions, guided braille and a wheelchair ramp trail.
The City's biodiversity education programme for 2019 activities are designed to –
• build capacity and promote participation in the protection of biodiversity;
• sensitise residents about local biodiversity threats in protected areas and in open spaces;
• raise awareness about the impact of urbanisation on biodiversity and actions that can be taken to avoid or minimise the impact;
• disseminate information to residents and relevant institutions about biodiversity education and awareness programmes offered by the City, and how to access these programmes;
• promote the City's ecotourism facilities and services and to encourage residents to access the offered services; and
• support the Department of Education with a hands-on biodiversity programme that compliments the curriculum for Grade 8 learners.