Education & Awareness

Online Courses




Smart Living online course


Meet your course coordinator

Anzio Abels is the Smart Living Outreach Educator at the Two Oceans Aquarium Education Foundation. He studied Biodiversity and Conservation Biology at the University of the Western Cape, with electives in Environmental and Water Sciences. He has a keen interest in the natural world and the human-nature interaction, with a focus on conservation and environmental awareness. His long history of working and volunteering in the field of nature conservation, has led to being part of research projects studying various animals, from Heaviside’s dolphins to velvet worms. He has basic skills in falconry and animal husbandry, from working as an animal handler at a reputable raptor and wildlife rehabilitation centre. Teaching about the conservation and sustainable use of our natural resources, and raising awareness about the importance of our natural ecosystems, is what he enjoys the most. Other than education work with the Foundation, he is involved in the Scouts of South Africa, where he is further involved in youth development. His previous IT knowledge and skills have been pivotal in the transition of classroom based learning to online platforms, and other online offerings, during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Course content

Below the course content that will be covered in our course:


  • Variety
  • Diversity
  • Biodiversity
  • Endemic
  • Exotic biodiversity
  • Biotic factors
  • Abiotic factors
  • Classification of different species
  • Species
  • Genetic
  • Ecosystem
  • Cape Floristic Kingdom
  • Biodiversity hotspot
  • Fynbos
  • Endemic
  • Conservation Status
  • Endangered
  • Extinct
    • Habitat Loss
    • Invasive exotic plants
    • Pollution
    • Population Increase
    • Over exploitation 
  • Marine Protected Areas



  • Energy 
  • Kinetic energy
  • Potential energy
  • Electrical energy
  • Energy in systems
  • Electricity
  • Voltage
  • Amperage
  • Wattage
  • Generator
  • Renewable energy
  • Non-renewable energy
  • Fossil fuels
  • Climate change
  • Carbon footprint
  • Electrical grid
  • Load shedding
  • Wasting energy
  • Saving energy


  • Molecule
  • Hydrogen and oxygen atoms
  • Hydrogen bond
  • The blue planet
  • Phases of water
  • Liquid
  • Solid 
  • Gas
  • Evaporation
  • Condensation
  • Transpiration
  • Water cycle
  • The water cycle
  • World water crisis



  • Waste
  • Municipal or household waste
  • Industrial waste
  • Agricultural waste
  • Organic/ biodegradable waste
  • Transfer stations
  • Material recovery facility (MRF)
  • Landfills
  • Leachate
  • Recycle
  • Medical waste
  • Hazardous waste
  • E – waste
  • Waste management
  • Plastic pollution
  • Ocean Gyre
  • Environmental campaign

Course details:

Dates: 17 - 28 May 2021
Duration: Two weeks
Format: Daily self-study topics, with live Zoom sessions with our educators
Live sessions: 15h30 to 17h30 (GMT+2) Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays
Age group: 12 to 14-year old's
Cost: R1000 per learner

This course is aimed at children that have an interest in the environment and want to know how to preserve it. The course covers four pillars of sustainability:

  • Energy
  • Waste
  • Water
  • Biodiversity

The aim of this course is to challenge and inspire young learners to:

  • Develop an interest in and respect the sensitive nature and beauty of our planet
  • Increase an awareness of what positive actions can be made to protect our environment
  • Be more aware of environmental issues
  • Develop leadership and social skills
  • Encourage students to study further in marine and environmental sciences

The live sessions of this course will take place on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, with a break on a Wednesday. The course content will be unpacked during the live sessions, on Zoom, complimented by the resources found on our e-learning platform. Each course participant will get access to our e-learning platform.