According to Desmond Dickson, who many school goers know as Dessie the School Boy, the state in which the Eldorado Park environment finds itself, is a matter of serious concern.
“When you drive through our community on any given day, you will see dumpsites everywhere. We just don’t care about our area,” said Dickson.
“This reminds me of the saying that the earth does not belong to us, we borrow it from our children. Dumping has become second nature and yes, I know it’s not only an Eldos problem, it is a world problem,” he added.
Dickson started a recycling business a few years ago to create awareness about the importance of the four R’s, which stands for re-use, reduce, recycle and rethink. Dickson visits schools in the Greater Eldorado Park and hosts an interactive play to introduce the idea of recycling to the children.
“The point is to get the children actively involved in the recycling programme to reduce the amount of waste, at the same time making sure our schools earn extra money from this effort,” said Dickson.
On October 23, Grade Two learners from Saint Yves Primary School in Klipspruit West were treated to a trip to the planetarium at the University of the Witwatersrand.
“The Grade Two E3 class collected the most bottles at the school and I just had to treat them for their hard work, dedication and commitment. I found the initiative important because I wanted to show them that hard work and dedication pays off,” said Dickson.
The learners were treated to an hour-long show at the planetarium, where they were taught about the different planets and stars. A learner who went on the trip, Tamic Booysen, said that she was transported to another world.
“I learned about the different stars in space and that there are eight planets. All of them are very different from one another, some are too windy, some are too hot and others are too cold. I think the planet we live on is the most beautiful,” she said.
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The teachers, Lillian Rangola and Cynthia Mokgawa, who accompanied the class, said that the trip was something everyone enjoyed.
“I’m sure our children will remember this for ever, thank you Dessie for making this possible. I hope in the next few months I can take more classes on trips like this,” said Mokgawa.
Dickson said that he believed educational trips like this will stay will children for a long time.
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