Education & Awareness
Ocean Funatics online course
Meet the course coordinators
Chanelle Naidoo is born and bred in Cape Town. She completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Cape Town, and an honours degree in geography from UNISA. Most recently she also qualified as a teacher by completing a postgraduate diploma in education. Before working at the Two Oceans Aquarium Education Foundation, her previous employment was working as people and environmental officer for the City of Cape Town, and as environmental educator at Kirstenbosch botanical gardens. She joined the Aquarium in 2014 as an assistant educator. Many of our school groups, that visit our environmental education centre, are greeted by Chanelle’s friendly face. She teaches the daily lessons we offer in our discovery centres. She also coordinates many of the primary school and early high school courses. Many will already know Chanelle, especially if you have completed our Junior Biologist course, or the Ocean ‘Fun’atics online series. Chanelle enjoys interacting with our younger ocean enthusiasts and has a passion for environmental education.
During her free time, she enjoys spending time with her little daughter and other family outside in nature. She tries to also keep fit by running, walking or doing yoga. When not tending to her newly established veggie garden, Chanelle also likes learning new things. A new challenge is always welcome!
Wandiswa Jonga is a person that is passionate about the conservation of indigenous knowledge. Born in Queenstown, Eastern Cape, she has lived in three different provinces in South Africa and moved to Cape Town permanently in 2001. She started high school in Tafelsig High and had the amazing opportunity of joining Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden as an Assistant Education Officer. In Kirstenbosch, she had the opportunity to do a one-year, accredited Environmental Education Training Development Programme (EETDP). In this course she learned the necessary skills of creating an educational programme and fun educational resources. She joined the Two Oceans Aquarium in 2015 as a School group facilitator. Her duties include greeting our schools, counting their numbers, and also facilitating their payments. She also teaches in our courses and outreach programmes. Wandi is definitely a woman of many talents. In her spare time she loves reading, listening to music and spending quality time with her family.
Bianca Engel is the Deputy Head of Education at the Two Oceans Aquarium Foundation.
She has a BSc degree, with a major in Zoology, from UCT and a Post Graduate Higher Diploma in Education ( Major in Mathematics and Science). Bianca started as a volunteer at the Two Oceans Aquarium 22 years ago. She is most passionate about sharing her love for the marine environment with varying audiences and inspiring them to take action.
When not at work, Bianca enjoys spending time with friends and her extended family, by supporting local artists, exploring our city as a tourist, crocheting items or just spending time in nature.
Monday: Life in the rock pools
Learn all about the cool animals that live in rock pools, like the sea star, sea urchin and the sea anemone.
Tuesday: Animal homes
Learn how some animals make their homes, or how others find them and move house regularly.
Wednesday: Tortoises and sea turtles
What is the difference between tortoises and sea turtles?
Learn all about these amazing animals and some of the common types of sharks that are found along our coastline.
Friday: Wild animals and camouflage
What is camouflage and how do animals in the wild use it?
Start date: 8 to 12 March 2021
Duration: Five days
Format: Fun and live Zoom sessions with our teachers
Live sessions: 15h00 to 16h00 (GMT+2) Monday to Friday
Age group: Six to eight-year olds
Cost: R300 per child
Our Ocean Funatics course is for our little fans who love the sea and the animals that live within it. Three of our experienced teachers will offer a new topic every day, ranging from rocky shore animals to sharks and turtles. Check out the full programme under the 'Course content' tab.
Space is limited to 20 children, so that interaction with our teachers is more personal. There are also some crafts that the kids can do while on the live session (upon completion of purchase, you will be able to download a craft list and required materials).
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