South Africa
Water filled festivities
Posted by MPHEHPHETHA PS, South Africa on 19 October 2018

On Wednesday 16th October the Mphephetha Water Festival was serenaded with a lovely soaking of spring water. How fitting for a Water Festival. Despite the relentless rain and muddy roads, 6 excited neighbouring schools and many parents attended the water festival to learn about the program and discover how beautifully Mphephetha School has implemented water saving actions across their whole school. The school hall was beautifully draped in cloth and illustrated pictures imploring us to “ Save Water” and “ Look after our rivers and do not pollute” There were 6 tables set out, each demonstrating a different theme or aspect of the Water Explorer challenges. The first table focused on water audits, how to measure your daily water use and what we can do to curd our usage and prevent waste, the second table focused on the secret water food print of foods we eat and the third looked at the water footprint of paper and how by recycling paper we save water and pollution in the process. The children had artistically reused paper to make decorations and there was a good heart-felt sense that the children really grasped the concept of secret water. The display of water wise food like pulses with mouth-watering recipes helped to entice the crowds. At the fourth table, children illustrated how to garden permacultural style without using chemicals and using techniques like mulching to prevent evaporation. The fifth table focused on how our water is filtered and treated and we even got to practically make water filters to mimic wetlands. An inspiring day finished with a delicious and nutritional water-wise vegetarian lunch of local produce- sweet pumpkin, beans, carrot, imfi,no samp and fluffy potato. Yum!! Yum!!

 

 


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