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Mandela Day

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Date/Time
Date(s) - 18/06/2015
All Day

Location
Village Heights


The overarching objective of Mandela Day is to inspire individuals to take action to help change the world for the better, and in doing so build a global movement for good. Ultimately it seeks to empower communities everywhere.

The ‘Other Side of the Fence’ is an intervention stemming from False Bay Ecology Park’s Friends and Neighbours programme. The pilot project aims to connect Village Heights, a small informal settlement in Lavender Hill, with False Bay Ecology Park, thereby improving quality of life, creating beauty and building opportunities for disadvantaged communities.

In alignment with these objectives, a Mandela Day event was organised at Village Heights. This event was aimed at all the children of Village Heights, bringing them closer to “the other side of the fence” through videos and a conducted nature tour.  The video demonstration aimed to communicate with residents, providing knowledge of the reserve while encouraging integration of the local community into the reserve. The nature walk, which was led by managers of the park, hoped to build partnership while promoting integration between people and nature.

During the walk, children were provided with the opportunity to improve their ecological literacy by being taught about the different plant and animal species seen in the area. The managers also explained the different functions of the reserve and the necessity for conservation.

These serious objectives were met in an interesting, interactive and fun-filled atmosphere. Popcorn was provided during the video demonstration while the children took part in an exciting environmental quiz. By correctly answering a few questions on things they learnt during the nature walk, they stood a chance to win some truly spectacular prizes. For more information contact Stephen Granger on email at Stephen.granger@capetown.gov.za or phone 021-4872236.

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