Cosmo City learners to benefit from Ecoculture’s greening

Eco Culture Sechaba Foundation has planted 16 trees in eight different schools in Cosmo City as a way of benefiting the learners.

Eco Culture Sechaba Foundation is a Non-profit Organisation that focuses on developing and implementing environmental sustainability programmes in both schools and community.

 The planting of trees took place in all the eight no-fee paying schools in Cosmo City. The trees will benefit more than 10 000 learners in total across all the schools, said Lomelelo Lukhubeni.

The Gauteng Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (GDARD) generously donated the 16 indigenous trees (Ekebergia capensis), which the foundation planted in 4 primary schools and 4 high schools in the community.

“Due to Covid-19 regulations, we could not call upon learners to take part in planting trees, this year.Unfortunately, we are also unable to conduct awareness presentations to the learners,” Lukhubeni said.

Ekebergia capensis, commonly known as Cape ash (Tree of the year 2020), is a large attractive evergreen tree that has been used as a street tree in many towns and cities of South Africa, Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo. It is also a good ornamental garden tree and its fruits are enjoyed by birds and mammals.

Lukhubeni said Eco Culture will be providing the leaners with tree themed worksheets.

“The worksheet is aligned to their specific grade and curriculum. Learners will report in a form of a poster celebrating arbour including the worksheet and a picture of the tree/flower they have planted before in the school or community.”

The foundation helps underprivileged schools, communities and ecosystems by progressive environmental education and green systems. In the past ten years, the foundation has planted hundreds of trees in the Cosmo city schools. Many of the trees are now large and providing shade and beautifying the schools. Numerous studies have demonstrated that the presence of trees improves people's mental and physical health, children's attention and test scores, the property values in a neighbourhood, and beyond.  Trees are essential for healthy communities and people. O޽@X5�M�

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