“I wish with all my heart to make a difference, big or small, as long as I can help to save my sea,” was the SEA Pledge submitted by grade 11 Simon’s Town High School learner, Calvin van der Merwe, to the Sustainable Seas Trust (SST) last Tuesday.
The SST along with the South African Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA) is currently on the SAMSA SEA Pledge Saldanha to Sodwana Tour. For four weeks the team will be touring South Africa’s coast line and spreading the word of coastal conservation to everyone from young school children to the various mayors and dignitaries along the way. Everyone encountered on the tour will be asked to make a SEA Pledge, where they set their own personal goals of how they will contribute to securing the healthy future of our oceans.
Since kicking off on Sunday 14 April, the SST and SAMSA team have visited three schools from the differentcorners of Cape Town. There are many more still to come, including a group of Montesourri and home schooledlearners in Hermanus, a number of Mossel Bay schools, Concordia School and others in Knysna, a number of learning institutions in the Plettenberg Bay township area, and many more continuing up the coast to Durban have been confirmed.
The SST team was honoured to pay a visit to Vista High School in Schotsche Kloof last Monday. “The learners interacted with us wonderfully and we can count on them to help us spread the word of ocean conservation,” said Annerie Lamprecht from SST. The SEA Pledge Tour team and learners played games and learnt about the impact of plastic pollution in our oceans as well learning how they can ensure a healthy future for South Africa’s seas.
Simonstown High School invited the team to speak to their senior learners last Tuesday. SST films on the coelacanth and east coast rock lobster inspired the learners to ask questions about sustainable fishing practices. “Did you know that a plastic shopping packet floating in the sea looks just like a tasty jelly fish to turtles?” explained SST member Desiree Schirlinger. This prompted grade ten learner, Sifiso Maye to promise the team, “I make a solid pledge that I will not litter and will pick up litter everywhere I see it to protect animals and fish all over the world.”
St Cyprian's School in Oranjezicht was next to play host to the team. The all-girls school’s Environmental Club invited the team to address them at their weekly meeting. “Thank you very much, we all thoroughly enjoyed it,” said Head of the Science Department, Karen Dallimore.
For all educators out there, the SST's film division, Trust Sustainability Films, welcomes you to show any of its productions to your learners. They can be accessed at www.sst.org.za under the Trust Sustainability Films page.
More school visits are yet to be confirmed as the team makes its way up the coastline for the next four weeks. If your school is interested in a visit from SAMSA and STT, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and the best efforts will be made to include you in the itinerary.
High resolution images available on request
Photographer: Desiree Schirlinger
South African Maritime Authority (SAMSA) Business Analyst at the Centre for Fishing, Nondumiso Mfenyana, addresses the learners of Vista High School during the Sustainable Seas Trust (SST) and SAMSA SEA Pledge Saldanha to Sodwana Tour.
Learners at the Simon’s Town School collect their South African Maritime Authority sponsored lunch boxes that have been presented to all learners encountered during the SAMSA SEA Pledge Saldanha to Sodwana Tour.
Sustainable Seas Trust (SST) filmmaker, Kyle Robinson, addresses the senior learners of the Simon’s Town School during the SST and South African Maritime Authority SEA Pledge Saldanha to Sodwana Tour.
Learners at the Simon’s Town School enjoy a presentation by the Sustainable Seas Trust during their South African Maritime Authority (SAMSA) sponsored SEA Pledge Saldanha to Sodwana Tour.
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