Nageng initiates Environment Awareness Campaign

Learners from Nageng Primary School in Vosloorus clean up the streets of the township during an Environmental Awareness Campaign on June 13.

Youth Citizens Action Programme (YCAP) learners at the school enhance change, transformation, social responsibility and positive impact on the society.

Learners from the school went door to door delivering invitations to the community two days before the actual event. They were parading and chanting on the streets of Vosloorus, singing out loud and holding placards that said “Illegal Dumping must Fall”, “Save Water”, “Sanitation is Dignity”.

The cleaning campaign started at 10am at the school and was led by Busisiwe Phooko and Naledi Mohlala, both 12-year-old Grade Seven learners from Nageng Primary.

They took to the stage to welcome everyone that was present as they were both programme directors.

Phooko who is part of the YCAP committee and is also public relation officer of the programme invited government officials from the Department of Water and Sanitation and they donated 500 water bottles.

The Ekurhuleni waste division donated 500 refuse bags while Ekurhuleni Environmental Health donated 50 mouthpieces and 50 pairs of gloves. The SAPS and CPF were present to make sure that everyone is safe.

Phooko said: “It is nice to see the community united and sharing a common goal towards cleaning the environment because you can get sick from a polluted environment. Our goal is to preserve, conserve and restore the dignity of the environment.”

Thabani Goje, Ward 107 councillor, and the ward residents blessed the campaign with their presence while Herbert Phooko, Busisiwe Phooko father, donated 200 refuse bags.

Neighbouring schools Polokeng Primary School and Kutloanong Primary School were also present. The YCAP team taught them how to be effective and establish a YCAP committee in their schools.

Bethuel Malebe, a teacher at Nageng Primary and YCAP co-ordinator, said the purpose of the event was to encourage the community to keep the environment clean as it is good for their health.

Malebe added: “This is a historic event in Vosloorus. I am inspired to see everyone involved in this project. My colleagues, parents, government officials and non-profit organisations, teamwork is the path to success.”

Learners, parents and teachers worked hand-in-hand to paint the outside walls of the Nageng Primary’s toilets with images as part of the Environmental Awareness Campaign.

“The school looks renewed and clean,” complements Malebe.

  AUTHOR
Aaron Damane

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