De Beers Impact Report - December 2020

RASEKGALE ECO- 2016 CODE PRIMARY SCHOOL 1. We strive to save every drop of water

Hello! We are the Eco-committee! Our school is situated in Eldorado Village, in Blouberg Municipality, Limpopo. Most families are child-headed due to parents working away or have passed away. Poverty lead to malnutrition. Due to overgrazing and deforestation, there is much soil erosion leading to bad roads.

2. We grow veggies to alleviate malnutrition for learners & the community



ACTION We decided to use the Scientific Method to investigate if our containers save water compared to using a tap for washing Ask a question: Will the containers save water? Observe: We looked at where we were wasting water & drew a map of the school grounds & taps. Make a hypothesis: Then we made a prediction of what will happen – We think the containers will save water. Plan your experiment: We chose 3 learners to wash their hands under a tap and 3 learners to wash their hands under the containers and comparing the measurements. Conduct your experiment: We measured the amounts of water used, obtained the average and recorded our findings on a table. Step 3: Step 4: Step 5: hands. Step 1: Step 2:

ACTION: We are preparing to plant our vegetable garden and have to find out how fertile our soil is. Step 1: Ask a question: Which soil is best for plants? Step 2: Research: We learned that soil comes from rocks and consists of tiny stones and living things. Step 3: Make a hypothesis: We predicted that soil with lots of organic matter will be the best for plants. Step 4: Plan your experiment: We will test the qualities of 3 types of soil – sand, clay & loam. Step 5: Do your experiments: We examined the colour, texture, smell and size of each soil. We also tested how much water drains through each soil. Then we tested the amount of organic matter in the soil.

RESULTS Step 6: Draw your conclusions & share: We calculated that

RESULTS Step 6: Draw your conclusions

we save 509 litres per day if the whole school washed their hands on average 3 times a day using containers. We drew a graph to show our results.

and share: We realised that loam soil has the most organic matter. It is the best soil to let water pass through it for the roots of plants. We learned that to make soil more fertile, we have to add compost to the soil.

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