EnviroKids January 2019 Issue

For over four decades, EnviroKids has instilled a sense of awe and wonder about nature and the world around us. Many adults attest to the manner in which EnviroKids helped shape their lives and their ability to connect with environmental issues and indeed helped them develop career pathways related to the environment. EnviroKids is the children’s magazine of WESSA (The Wildlife and Environment Society of South Africa) and was first published in 1979. Over the decades, the magazine has supported and en- couraged learning for thousands of young people and promoted environmental awareness across a wide range of socio-eco- nomic groups. EnviroKids was originally known as Toktokkie, but the magazine was re-launched as EnviroKids 16 years ago. The material shared in the magazine is topical and informative with catchy articles and striking photographs. The magazine is also curriculum-linked making it an ideal support resource for teachers. Over the years EnviroKids has explored and portrayed a wide range of topical themes relevant to the South African and even southern African environment. Themes include animals and habitats, water, energy, climate change, soil, air pollution and how people can live more sustainably. Plastic pollution and recycling is another important topic the magazine has dealt with. Not only does the magazine provide high-quality material, it also invites the reader’s participation.

EnviroKids is undoubtedly South Africa’s longest running environmental magazine for young people. Its success is attested to by the large number of awards it has won over the years, including Merit Certificates at the SAB Environ- mentalist and Environmental Journalists of the Year Awards. Comments from readers of the magazine “We love the EnviroKids magazine. Compliments on the content of the drought issue. We’re very impressed. The Primary Science Project (PSP) workshops the magazine content with teachers and shows them how it links to the curriculum and deepens learning about the environment”. (Zorina Dharcey PSP). ‘Some time ago our daughter was given a subscription to the EnviroKids magazine as a birthday gift. This has just been the most wonderful gift and she really enjoys and looks forward to their arrival. Once it does arrive she is well occupied for hours with some really challenging and expan- sive programmes and activities. The quality of articles and activities in the EnviroKids magazine is just vastly superior and more engaging.’ (Dr Mark Graham). - Jim Taylor and Sarah Alcock

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