Education & Awareness
Cape Town is a city surrounded by nature, but many children lack the opportunity to experience the natural world, learn about our oceans, and be taught about sustainable lifestyles and careers. Our outreach programmes fill that gap, bringing ocean education to children in under-resourced schools and communities.
We have two dedicated outreach teachers, visiting schools every day during the school term. Oceans in Motion brings a living aquarium to your school to teach marine science lessons designed for Grades 4 to 6. Smart Living delivers lessons about sustainable living, careers and conservation to Grade 6 and 7 classes.
Outreach lessons are free of charge to under-resourced schools in the Cape Town area, or for a small fee for schools with the capacity. Each teacher is able to present to approximately 200 children a day, with a maximum class size of 40. All lessons are aligned with the CAPS curriculum. Complete the forms below to make a booking for your school.
The Smart Living outreach programme teaches children about the pillars of sustainability: Biodiversity, energy, water, and waste. Teacher Anzio, brings a fun and colourful van to your school, packed with educational activities that relate to each of the four themes. With tech-savvy presentations and hands-on learning, children are able to grasp concepts such as how electricity is produced, how to calculate a water footprint, and the biodiversity of Cape Town.
All of these themes fit well within the CAPS curriculum content of Grade 6s and 7s, and are available in English and Afrikaans. The aim of the Smart Living outreach programme is to teach children about responsible ways of living, in their homes and within their city, by protecting our biodiversity, conserving energy and water use, and minimising waste.
Book a Smart Living outreach lesson
Please fill in the below form if you would like our outreach teacher, Anzio, to come and visit your school. This programme is suited for children in Grades 6 and 7.
Oceans in Motion
The Oceans in Motion mobile classroom has been a steady feature on Cape Town roads for years. Easily recognisable with its colourful artwork and solar panels on the roof, this van carries a one-of-a-kind life support system that allows us to bring living ocean animal ambassadors to your school.
Teacher Thabo teaches children about the wonders of the ocean and the animals that live beyond the waves. Children get the unforgettable experience of interacting with live sea stars, sea urchins and sea anemones. These lessons emphasise the importance of our environment and our role in keeping protecting it. These lessons tie in well with the CAPS curriculum for Grade 4 to 6 learners, and are available in English, Afrikaans and isiXhosa.
Book an Oceans in Motion outreach lesson
Other school programmes:
- A Mobile Puppet Show that visits pre-schools, crèche’s and primary schools to bring our puppet stories to children that cannot visit the Aquarium. The fun is hosted by a qualified ECD teacher, with educational games and activities designed to teach children basic numeracy, literacy, shapes and colours in a fun way.
- Our teachers can visit your school to present CAPS-aligned lessons for Grades 1 to 12 that complement your curriculum work. For a small fee, one of our teachers can visit you and deliver a one-hour lesson to one, or more, grades.
- The Two Oceans Aquarium is open to visitors and school groups. Your school can enjoy an educational outing to the Aquarium. An educational puppet show for Grade R to 3, or a lesson in one of our Discovery Centres suitable for any grade, are a must to make the most of your outing. School groups who book a visit to the Aquarium receive a discounted rate.
Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today.