Bush School nurtures a love for Mother Nature

Pupils gather resources from nature.

EDUCATION writer, David Sobel once said, “If we want children to flourish, to become truly empowered, then let us allow them to love the earth before we ask them to save it…”

With Wilfred Mchunu as their guide, 19 children participated in the first Mpofini Bush School experience, held from December 11 to 15 at Mpofini Lodge.

The class of the first Mpofini Bush School on the deck at the lodge.

As well as learning about birds, trees, plants and the different species of antelope, the children were also informed of the importance of tourism in Vryheid by Vryheid Tourism’s Alet Swanepoel.

Bush School pupils enjoy a drive through nature.

Gustav Röhrs from the Battlefields Route educated the class of 19 on the rich history of our area and the significance of the Battlefields Route.

Pupils of the Mpofini Bush School class look on as guide, Wilfred Mchunu, takes a closer look at their surroundings.

Ben Barnard taught the Bush School pupils some crucial survival skills, including how to build a shelter and how to purify water.

The children were taught some practical survival skills.

All in all, it was a fun-filled experience for the children, including some great activities to keep them entertained while they learned valuable lessons about their environment.

Elaine Rodway

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