“The Rangers on the Road programme has been a huge passion project since I joined the Intaka Island Eco-Centre,” says Verinique Anyster, the manager of the centre.
With this special programme, Intaka Island is taken right to the children. The focus is on the 45 primary schools registered with the Western Cape Education Department as “No fees schools”. The 20th of September marked the launch of this outreach programme with the first schools visited being Hyacinth Primary in Lentegeur and Rocklands Primary in Mitchells Plain.
A 45-minute presentation on sustainability and waste recycling was given to learners and teachers, a bite-size introduction of one of the educational programmes that are run with school groups on Intaka Island. The next visit is planned with Parkwood Primary School in Grassy Park in October.
“The aim of the Intaka Island’s Rangers on the Road programme is firstly to ensure that Intaka Island becomes more accessible for no fee schools, with specific focus on schools from the Cape Flats area, i.e. the Southern District,” explains Anyster.
“Secondly, it’s to promote Intaka Island’s environmental educational programme and add-on offerings to areas outside Century City. With this, our educational programmes have a much further reach and we are able to show and tell children that are not able to visit Intaka Island all about protecting the environment and appreciating our natural heritage.”
“As a next phase, these learners will be invited to visit Intaka Island to physically take part in the educational program on the island,” says Louise de Roubaix, Environmental, Horticulture & Sporting Codes Manager at Century City Property Owners’ Association, who are the caretakers of Intaka Island. “Most of these schools struggle to find the financial means for outings and especially transport costs are a major challenge for them. We would like to invite corporates to get involved with the programme through sponsorships. Your contribution could add so much value in teaching our next generation about the importance of taking care of our natural heritage.”
The Intaka Island Trust was established inter alia as the fundraising vehicle for both the construction of the Eco-Centre as well as its ongoing operational costs. It has been approved by the South African Revenue Service (SARS) as a Public Benefit Organisation enabling it to issue Section 18A certificates to all donors and sponsors. The Trust runs a number of environmental education programmes out of its multi-functional Eco-Centre.
Any school or corporate who would like to get involved in the programme are invited to get into contact with Intaka Island at 021 552 6889 or mail firstname.lastname@example.org.