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Smart Living school visits with Anzio Abels
By:
Renée Leeuwner
Renée is the Communications and Media Executive of the Two Oceans Aquarium. When she's not engaging the media or rescuing bunnies (literally), Renée helps us spread the word about conservation and education.

Perivale Primary School in Lotus River had a fun visit from the Two Oceans Aquarium Education Foundation’s outreach teacher, Anzio Abels, to learn more about making smart choices and to live smartly. These lessons were made possible through the generous support of DHL Africa.

Anzio’s Smart Living outreach vehicle is equipped with various experiments and visual aids to help teach learners about sustainability. The lessons generally cover four topics – biodiversity, water, waste and energy, with schools choosing which of the four topics they would like to have addressed. For Perivale, the topic choice was water, and Anzio jumped in with both feet.

Anzio’s outreach lessons are curriculum-based and it quickly became apparent that the Grade 7s were definitely paying attention as they confidently answered questions around the water cycle and the various processes involved in keeping this cycle going.

    Anzio’s enthusiasm for the subjects is really contagious and the learners were eager to learn about how they can save water and in doing so, ensure that the 1% fresh water that is available for human use, remains clean and accessible to all.  Living in Cape Town, where the water crisis is always top of mind, this is incredibly important.

    Anzio was able to show the learners what some of the main feeder dams looked like at the peak of the water crisis a couple of years ago. It was quite an eye opener to compare the photos depicting the dam levels over a couple of years, and seeing how severe the impact actually was.

      Anzio also did an experiment and showed the learners just how much water can be lost from a dripping tap. Without the learners even realising, Anzio had started the experiment by opening the water bucket tap ever so slightly. Within 15 minutes there was nearly 250ml had accumulated. Anzio explained that if this was to be allowed, hundreds of litres of water would be lost over the course of a year.

      The Smart Living outreach visits can be presented in English or Afrikaans. Currently, DHL Africa has made it possible for Anzio to visit a number of under-resourced schools for free. If you would like to book a visit by Anzio and his amazing outreach vehicle, please email schools@aquariumfoundation.org.za or head on over to to our outreach bookings page to book your very own school experience now! We can’t wait to sea you.

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