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methods to conserve water, and has

extended its focus to adopt the

Klein-boesmansrivier, which flows

nearby the school. Here the school has

performed a series of water quality

tests, including the miniSASS (Stream

Assessment Scoring System) river

health test.

For one of its testing sessions the

school invited Clifton Primary School

to join it, and taught the learners from

Clifton how to do a miniSASS test.

Clifton has gone on to do more river

health testing at a stream closer to its

grounds. This partnership is noteworthy,

because instead of the usual way that

a well-resourced school helps a

disadvantaged one, in this case it was

the other way round.

They now plan to couple their

miniSASS results with other citizen

science tools, such as using a turbidity

meter, testing the pH of the water

and doing

E. coli

swabs in the river.

Combining this data will give them

a clearer understanding of what is

happening in the Klein-boesmansrivier,

and will help them to recognise the

potential of their local catchment as

a whole.

In 1996 the then Chairman of SADC,

Nelson Mandela, officially initiated the

SADC Regional Environmental

Education Project (SADC-REEP), with us

as the implementing agency. Working

in 15 countries, for over 20 years, the

SADC-REEP is one of the longest

running and most successful

environmental education programmes

in southern Africa. The SADC-REEP

supports Education for Sustainable

Development processes through

networking, training, the development

and implementation of policy, resource

materials development, as well as

research and evaluation. Through this

project we’ve successfully addressed the

relationship between poverty, health and

environmental issues in the region.