Environmental awareness brought to life through storytelling

“Educating children from a young age about environmental conservation is vital, but it is more impactful when presented in mother tongue.” – REDISA Director, Stacey Davidson.

In an effort to teach children about finding value in waste and the effects of pollution, REDISA has been working hand in hand with the Puku Children’s Literature Foundation and the Gcinamasiko Art & Heritage Trust. These organisations promote literacy and storytelling in mother tongue by hosting regular literacy festivals and storytelling events across South Africa.

The events provide REDISA with a platform to impact the minds of future leaders through story colouring-in books.

REDISA’s book, called Colour My Journey, teaches children about the importance of preserving the environment, the benefits of recycling and how to turn waste into worth.

Colour My Journey is read at all events by storytellers such as Dr Gcina Mhlophe, founder of the Gcinamasiko Art & Heritage Trust.

The book comes in two volumes, caters for children between the ages of 5 and 12, and is published in all official African languages.

According to the storytellers and educators who use the book in their classrooms, the children are often surprised when they see the drawings depicting how tyres can be upcycled to playground equipment and used in vegetable gardens, amongst other things.

The earth is running out of resources and is drowning in waste. REDISA believes that parents, educators and adults in general need to act now, and start moulding the mindsets of children of all ages so that they are equipped with the knowledge and understanding of how to protect the earth for future generations.

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