De Beers Impact Report - December 2020

WESSA- De Beers partnership

The WESSA-De Beers partnership started in 2015 in the Blouberg area and has benefited over 10 000 learners in the 10 schools and expanded on the teachings around environmental education.

Blouberg municipality is faced with a number of social and environmental issues including water shortages, poverty and unemployment. Through the Eco-Schools project, we have worked on reducing the effects of the social and environmental issue through our vegetable garden projects and recycling projects using education and project based learning as tools.

An example would be learners measuring how much water they are using per day as part of their maths lesson and looking for solutions to lower their water consumption through tippy taps, placing containers with drinking water in classrooms for learners to drink from instead of using the taps outside, and looking at waterwise gardening methods to help conserve water in their area. The gardens supplied learners from disadvantaged home with a variety of fruits and vegetable such as spinach, onions and oranges.

Ramaahlo Primary School won 3rd place for the South African Green Schools Programme: Care for the planet on 15th April 2017.

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