Enkwenkwezini Public Primary School in the Eastern Cape is a very large primary school with 1200 learners. Port Elizabeth WaterWise Instructor, Marcus Osgry, spent the best part of 2 weeks every morning at the school and from the first day, he was made to feel welcome by every member of staff.
This is his report on teaching water safety to the children:
Every single staff member that walked in greeted me and brought a warm smile to my face. From morning one, I could see that I was going to enjoy my time at the school. It also showed me that not all is lost in our education system.
These teachers were passionate.
They really gave me hope in a township that was dirty all around. The school grounds were immaculate. When the bell rang for school to start, any late learners had to pick up litter for the duration of the assembly. The assemblies were another eye opener. 1200 children in full chorus with worship. Most of each assembly was singing. This school is special.
When it came to my WaterWise Workshops, each class or grade got so involved. The teachers and learners were always asking questions. When I demonstrated my Rip Currents, I had guys climbing over each other and it got really interactive but it really brought home the truth to these children, who’s school is very close to one of the common drowning beaches in the PE area. After describing the rip currents that actually occur at the specific beach that they frequent, they all understood why the lifeguards have the flags where they do and why they keep on getting shouted at by the lifeguards.
They certainly won’t be arguing with any lifeguards again.
Once again I want to re-iterate that this schools is a wonderful example of what schools should be. I was so impressed that I would visit this school any time.
Thank you Enkwenkwezini.
The WaterWise Academy is proudly sponsored by TNPA.