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Having constituency in Waterberg affected by mining and living conditions of communities living in farms, the Lapalala Wilderness trip was essential for the targeted children to expose them to nature and also develop their consciousness about environment. Children living on farms and mining affected communities are exploited through the unjust happenings in their respective areas. Ga-molekane is one of the villages affected by mining and children on farms are based in Vaalwater
The criterion used to select children especially in Podile primary school was to give children who hardly or never took part before in the school trips due to financial challenges. In Ga-molekane, 34 out of 36 pupils were girls and two boys. The Lapalala stint initiative aimed at exposing children to leadership training, importance of recycling and the role animals play in the ecosystem. Etc. A total of 61 participants comprising of 56 children and 5 adults (2 Educators, 2 Volunteers and 1 SGB member) participated in the two and half days Winter School camp which was held at Lapalala Wilderness School in Melkrivier, Modimolle Municipality. The children were drawn from three schools namely; Podile Primary (36), E.A Davidson (10) and Reahlahlwa (10). Of the 56 children, 11 were boys while 45 were girls.
The theme of the winter school was leadership skills and orientation. During the session children were exposed to problem solving, mind mapping, talent show, game drive, team building and bio-diversity and/ ecosystem. Over and above this, children learnt about different kind of animals, their behaviour, and their importance in the ecosystem and distinguish features of male and female animals. Children also learnt how they can contribute to environmental management through reduction of waste, recycling and reusing of certain materials.
After children underwent various tasks, on their last day of the stint they were requested to present the lessons learnt and action plans. One of the appealing commitments by the children was that they intent to take the learning back to their respective villages and contribute to towards cleaning their environment. Some suggested to involve local municipalities to clean their environment, share their experience with fellow villagers and pupils and also proposed to engage local municipalities to create jobs in the same breath.