PetroSA will be funding an eco-schools programme geared towards motivating environmental responsibility among the many youths to the tune of R4.5 million.
“We are aware of the need to preserve and protect our environment for future generations. The best thing about the programme is based on the fact that it exposes the younger generation to the incredible importance of responsible environmental custodianship,” Kaizer Nyatsumba, head of corporate affairs and shared services, explained.
The programme, introduced in 2003, is provided by the Wildlife and Environmental Society of South Africa along with the World Wildlife Fund, accredits schools that make a commitment to constantly enhance their schools’ environmental performance.
The national oil company announced funding of R4.5 million over a three-year period according to the company.
Among the list of 650 South African schools that were given an Eco-Schools award due to their hard work in 2011, 64 were honored with an International Eco-Schools flag for developing and sustaining their environmental projects over a five-year period.
A number of the schools which happen to have received this award consist of under resourced ones like Carshalton Farm School in Mooi River to well-resourced schools such as the Virginia Preparatory in Durban North.
The moment schools register with the programme, they make a commitment to enhancing environmental learning and action by way of the curriculum with pertinent themes being decided on by teachers and learners.
The sheer numbers of schools that have signed up with the programme continues to grow from 100 in the first year to over 1100 in 2011. At the moment 51 countries participate in the programme throughout the world with Iran, China, USA and Uganda being some of the most recent countries to sign up with the programme.
The funding forms part of the company’s corporate social responsibility efforts.
For information about the Eco-Schools initiative – click here