Qumbu Technical High School Black Wattle Clearing Project Mr. M. Jikijela Qumbu - Eastern Cape Contents of Presentation Problem Statement Background Implementation Learning Areas Challenges Recommendation and Way Forward Problem Statement Increase in crime levels and abduction of children and women in the area(2007) Exodus of children to other schoolsunsafe environment Spread of wattle to community – invading of agricultural land Background Qumbu Tech is in Mhlontlo Local Municipality in Tsilitwa Village, ward 19 having approximately 50 ha of land infested by Black Wattle Objectives acknowledged by the School IAP’s destroy biodiversity, taking up Agric Land and grasslands in the area Wattle is Grouped as a category 1 plant according to the CARA- Conservation of Agricultural Resource ACT Implementation – Phase 1 1. Creation of Awareness Learners Workshops - Partnering with Hans Marensky and PG Bison Community Mobilization for buy in the envisaged project Learners and community involved in arranged field visits to – Hans Marensky and PG Bison 2. Greening Initiatives • Purchasing of Indigenous trees as one of the intervention programs (Olive Trees and Fruit Trees) • 11 schools were sponsored by Dept. of Education and Qumbu Technical School purchased from ARC • Trees were planted by learners guided by Dept. of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries • Schools has dedicated educators looking into greening initiatives 3. Firewood Rooster developed for Learners to collect firewood- monitored by educators Firewood used for cooking in the soup kitchen funded by Dept of Education Learning areas covered- Learning Areas Covered Learning Area Outcome 1. Economic Management Science Potential for selling Firewood 2. Life Orientation Geographical Knowledge and understanding Challenges Funding for equipment • Safety of learners and community • Training of learners and community members on clearing of black wattle • Marketing and transportation of wood • Separation of scope of work for both school and community • Lack of science educators •Lack of best agricultural practices • Recommendations & Way forward School to be adopted and mentored by departments etc. Planned safety campaign involving SAPS, Dept. of Social development & Education Integration of biological control within the project Action Plan Stakeholder awareness campaign Host weed buster week Launch of the project CONCLUSION RSA –water scarce country Thank you!
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