South Africa is a country that has encounted many problems with water scarcity. We have again done an action project on saving water under a theme Resource Use. Learners in Grade 4 5, 6 and 7, Mr Mavundla and Ms Ngcobo did the project on thirsty plastic (water used to make plastic). Learners had to cover books using shopping bags / plastic bags instead of buying more paper and plastic bookcovers. Ms Sibongile Ngcobo and Grade 5 also did a challenge on thirsty papers (did you know that it takes 10 litres of water to make one sheet of paper?). Using food diaries, we also looked at which foods are water heavy and then made pledges to swap water intensive foods like meat and coffee with less water intensive foods like vegetables and fruit. They did pledges on how or what they could eat to save water.
We also held water festival to preach water consciousness amongst the community. All learners at Bambanani School were involved in a some sort of project of saving water, we used one bucket per grade to wash their dishes after having their meal, and the grey water was used to water our plants and vegetables. To clean our classrooms and verandas, buckets were used instead of hosepipe. Buckets were also used in each class to drink from rather than opening taps. Tipee taps were made to be used by learners after using the toilets. Lessons covering this project included NS Tech, English, SS, etc. This shows that every theme was supported by lessons on our curriculum. Minenhle Khuzwayo and Londiwe Ndaba did a project on life of plastic in eskom expo for young scientist held in Ladysmith. We have achieved certificates, won money, saved water, overcame plastic litter problems and recycled papers to avoid litter pollution that could make our environment dirty or polluted.
The problem that is not yet resolved is to save water in 100%. Learners still waste paper and not everyone if concerned about drinking from a cup rather than an open tap. What we planned to do next year is to ask learners in Eco committee to make it their duty to fetch water from tap to be used whilst washing dishes. In that way, learners cannot simply use the tap whenever they feel like. Paper bag to collect excess waste paper for recycling will be placed in each classroom