Pikitup, the City of Johannesburg’s Waste Management Company has extended the Eco-Rangers Programme to an additional 100 more schools in Joburg. This innovative and educational programme is aimed at encouraging learners at school level, particularly at primary to be active protectors of the environment and take ownership of their immediate surroundings.
This programme was piloted to 200 peri-urban and urban schools throughout the City in 2013, targeting approximately 150,000 learners and 7,000 educators in primary schools in the City, over a period of twelve months. Pikitup then took an executive decision to extend the programme to more schools after witnessing the impact the programme had on the young children and the community. The current phase will target 35 000 learners in 100 schools, over a period of three months.
The Eco-Rangers programme forms part of the bigger waste minimisation campaign – Collecting New Possibilities, which is geared to promote responsible waste management practices across the City of Johannesburg. The waste minimisation campaign is in line with one of the key deliverables of the Integrated Development Plan (IDP) of the City of Johannesburg for Pikitup, which is to ensure the cleanliness of the City through education, awareness and by-law enforcement.
Pikitup strives to continue to share information with the communities it operates in by using different platforms and providing access to a range of information, advice and support as well as finding innovative ways of diverting waste from landfill sites. It is important to reduce the amount of waste we produce if we are to achieve this, thus the basic principles of waste management – reduce, re-use, recycle, must always be observed.
The Eco-Rangers programme involves four fun and interactive educational characters – Litter-X, Recyclo, Lynx and Sky – who reinforce these principles and the importance of separating waste at source.
The characters engage with the young learners through positive youth development practices and education, delivered by means of interactive roadshows, information guides and a competition element.
Through this programme, we aim to fully integrate an environmental syllabus into the schools’ curriculum that will instil a culture of responsible waste management as well as raising the conscious levels amongst leaners as future ambassadors of the environment.
For regular updates and information on how to get your school on the programme, visit www.pikitup.co.za or follow @Cleanerjoburg on Facebook and Twitter.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT:
Contact: Jacky Mashapu
Cell: 079 506 0568