Our Smart Living Outreach, brought to you by our dedicated outreach educator Anzio Abels, brings lessons on sustainability to life; he teaches learners about protecting biodiversity, the importance of energy use and how these factors affect our own lives and the environment we all live in.
Passionate teachers and principals are able to make these opportunities available to their Grade 6 and 7 learners, with these lessons made possible through the support of our DHL Africa partners.
During August, Anzio visited Lantana Primary School (teaching 158 students) and Dryden Street Primary School (170 students) focusing on energy.
While during September, thus far, Anzio has visited Delft Primary School (teaching 90 students) and Zeekoevlei Primary School (110 students), making biodiversity the focus.
We asked Anzio to share some stand out questions he gets asked by learners during these lessons:
Biodiversity and Natural Heritage
- What is biodiversity? Biodiversity consists of the variety of all living things on our planet.
- Which ecosystems do we find in Cape Town? Mainly Fynbos veld types, such as Cape Flats Sand Fynbos and Strandveld in patches surrounding urban areas, with plenty of coastal and wetland areas too.
- Are there endangered species found around Cape Town? Yes, a few Fynbos plant species as well as animals such as the African Black-footed Penguin, Western Leopard Toad and Micro Frog.
Energy and Transport
- Do we have oil resources in SA? No, all our oil is imported for production of petroleum products.
- Why do we have load shedding? The demand for electricity is higher than what can be supplied at the time.
- Is charcoal the same as coal? No, coal is a fossil fuel used in electricity generation. It is formed over millions of years and is therefore a non-renewable energy resource. Charcoal is produced from wood over a short period and is use for cooking, heating, etc.
We would love to share feedback received from one of Anzio’s recently taught lessons:
“The visit we received in the beginning of term 3 by Mr. Abels was quite enjoyable. The learners found it interesting to hear a different voice and to be exposed to a different teaching style. He made it very relatable. Needless to say, it was refreshing. We are always excited to hear that we are able to book another lesson from Mr. Abels. The content which was taught were relevant to our learners and insightful.
Not being able to go out due to the restrictions and having him here to bring much needed insight to them and expands their understanding of the concepts that are taught. Taking learners from what they know to what they don’t know has been eye opening. He was able to show them physical examples of the process of generating electricity, even as smaller examples, exactly how electricity is generated. Due to the lack of resources in the school it is not always possible to show the learners, in a different way, what it is we are teaching. We are stuck for most of the time with a textbook and a blackboard. The opportunity the learners had to engage with Mr. Abels, was enjoyable and we would love to have him back for more.”
Our Two Oceans Aquarium Education Foundation outreach programmes are free to under-resourced schools (thanks to the support from DHL) and available at a cost for resourced schools throughout the greater Cape Town area. Please head on over to to our outreach bookings page to book your very own school experience now! We can’t wait to sea you.
Hoodwinker sunfish were only recently discovered in 2017, after hiding in plain sight amongst the more commonly known 𝘔𝘰𝘭𝘢 𝘮𝘰𝘭𝘢. So, when one of these rare animals was found washed up near Gansbaai, scientists from Dyer Island Conservation Trust and the Two Oceans Aquarium Education Foundation were alerted and eager to work together to learn more about one of our ocean’s most unusual creatures.
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As they progress through the courses and climb the grades, many of them express an interest in pursuing a marine related career. This generally starts off as wanting to be a ‘Marine Biologist’, but further research and guidance through our courses makes them aware of the huge variety of careers on offer. Our courses for Grades 6 to 9 provide a general insight into marine sciences, building up to our Grade Ten ‘Young Biologist’ Course, which provides a good combination of experiential learning as well as the opportunity to volunteer in the aquarium, if they want to.
The Marine Science Academy courses culminate in two five-day academic courses offered to Grade Elevens and Twelves (the latter on special request) who are considering studying Marine Sciences at a tertiary level, one on aspects of Biology and the second on Oceanography.
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