Sacred Heart College to host natural heritage and bio-diversity event
Sacred Heart College has always been a pioneer in tackling and highlighting social issues and this year, as part of their Heritage Day programme, they will use this day to highlight and empower their learners on the issue of Climate Change. The parent community has devised a programme on their Natural Heritage and Biodiversity, aimed at the High school learners.
The theme for the Heritage Day programme on Friday, 20th September from 11am to 1pm is “Celebrating our Natural Heritage and Biodiversity”. This date coincides with the international call to action for climate justice. An alumnus of Sacred Heart College, Danielle van der Byl will lead the discussion on the People’s Climate Justice Charter. Parents and learners will add their voices to the conversation on this important topic. Sacred Heart College are pleased to announce that there will be national and provincial government representation: Unanani Mureni will represent Maesela Kekana, the Chief Director of International Climate Change, Department of Environmental Affairs.
Ari Kapsosideris from the Gauteng Department of Agricultural and Rural Development has arranged for Gerson Nethavhani will represent Ari Kapsosideris from the Gauteng Department of Agricultural and Rural Development. The objective of this day is to create awareness and provide insight for the learners, parents and teaching body about the environment from the immediate school environment to the broader South African context; to challenge our current assumptions about how we interact with our environment, and to better understand our responsibility to our environment as citizens of the world; and to appreciate the natural evolution of our heritage, and the richness and nutritional value of our indigenous foods.
One of the sessions, Indigenous Food for Climate Adaptation: an interactive food preparation session making indigenous foods (e.g. sorghum, millet and jugo beans) from tasty and exciting recipes, will be facilitated by a parent, Aline de Gouveia. Nicola Wilmot, a Geography educator at Sacred Heart College will do a presentation on her expedition to the Antarctica, highlighting the importance of looking at the impact of climate change there in order to determine the effects that climate change will have on the Southern Hemisphere.
Meryl Plasket and Gino Govender from the Naledi Village will facilitate an interactive session after briefing the attendees with a documentary on Naledi Village, an organization that deals with developing a vision and strategy for community-driven livelhoods. There will be indigenous food tasting for the learners thereafter.