27 Feb Uplands gets stuck into conservation
Lessons in Conservation (LiC) is a student-run NPO that seeks to educate the youth of Sub-Saharan Africa about basic ecological principles and the importance of conservation. Since their establishment by past pupil and mentor Dean Carlisle in April 2018, they have given lessons to 1514 children from 24 communities across 4 countries. Their mantra – “Serving to Save” – is a simple one, as they spread environmental education in the hope of saving what biodiversity we have left.
Dean and two of his staff took along six of our Uplands Grade 10 and 11 pupils (Sadie Barnard, Sean van Wyk, Asha Loon, Hannah Garratt, Kaylah Groenewald and Beulah Alberts) to a primary school in Kabokweni this weekend, where they were fortunate enough to watch them do their magic. Their energy and passion for making a difference was evident from the start and they kept the primary school children engaged, while inspiring them to make a difference in their community. We hope to continue this relationship in the future and eventually our Uplands pupils will be trained to give the lessons themselves.
After a hot and tiring day, the pupils were treated to a night at Pretoriuskop Camp in the Kruger National Park where they had their debriefing and a game drive. Thanks to Dean and his remarkable LiC Team, Mrs Lisa Karantonis and Ms Amy Phillips, for a successful and inspiring weekend.