Education and Skills
If there is one activity which would contribute to eradicating the major problems of Africa it would be education and if there is there is one phrase it would be education and skills training. The impoverished coastal communities of South Africa and many other African countries rely upon vanishing marine resources in a manner which marginalises them from a mainstream economy as they do not have the education and the skills for alternative employment.
SST works with communities in the belief that education and skills training will help alleviate poverty, rectify issues of social injustices and enable people to enter the job market of the mainstream economy. It also works in the training of people to sustain their resources and where necessary to rehabilitate marine and estuarine environments.
Part of the education and training takes place within the communities themselves and sometimes involves taking communities elsewhere to further their knowledge and understanding. WildReach is a student run project of SST in which students become involved in the community outreach, taking inland communities to the sea and coastal communities to inland game reserve.
The Sustainable Seas Trust in partnership with Petro SA have been running an educational programme that aims to teach people in rural areas essential life-long skills to better manage their resources. The film Cultivating Communities documents this educational process and displays how NGO's can better assist these communities by giving them these skills.