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Education is key in healing our rivers

by Katherine Fillmore 

On Saturday August 24th The Gauteng Department of Education (GDE) hosted the 3rd annual teachers conference at the Legend Hospitality and Zebra Country Lodge in Pretoria. 

Kyle Odgers from KleenHealth was invited as a guest speaker at the event, joining forces with Katherine Fillmore and Dave Cochrane Hennops Blue Horizon, Willem Snyman Fresh, Rita Groenewald Roots&Shoots, Anton Bailey BluSwirl Recycling, Sujata Pillay Back 2 Basics and Karla Jooste Lewende Woord Church. 

‘Excited to be teaching teachers today about recycling, water, sanitation and community cleanups and the 17 SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS UN2030 United Nations,’ commented Kyle. 

Together they designed an interactive and engaging presentation on river pollution and preventative measures and the essential role the teacher needs to play to bring river awareness and healing into the classroom.

This was a huge step forward in driving river education - a key component to restoring our riverine health back to its former glory. 

Funding is required to incorporate a more ongoing strategic education plan into schools along the Hennops River and we remain positive this support will be received. 

‘Wonderful was the word of the day - a word selected by the teachers before our talk,’ said Kyle. The wonder of a river is something everyone needs to behold and honour. 

‘As I reflect on the synergies and synchronicities of a series of events over years to arrive at this place, from a conversation at a hairdressing salon thanks Karla, to a river clean with Simon @Life4ufoundation in Thembisa, the connections linking us to healing the rivers are unbelievable. I was truly blessed to share the stage with Rita, Sujata and Dave,’ commented Kyle. 

Their dynamic presentation was very well received and hopefully it will go a long way towards supporting our rivers.

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