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1 – 5 September and 20 – 24 October 2014
Cosmo City JHB

An annual campaign planned and managed my Green Beings NGO
Ethoma ka wena campaign is an annual greening and cleaning campaign that is in celebration of Arbour Week and National Clean-up Week at all eight Cosmo City schools; aimed at directly affected the community in a positive and environmentally proactive way. Approximately 10 000 learners and over 240 professionals will be actively involved in the campaign. Multiple stakeholders will be collaborating in order to make the campaign possible including City of Joburg, GDARD, Department of Environmental Health, Pikitup, Joburg City Parks and Zoo, Greenpeace Africa, PETCO, CYDS, Grow Wild Nursery and Monash University, who will all take part by conducting awareness assemblies or by providing materials such as trees, compost, bags, gloves and teaching materials.

The aim of the campaign is to create environmental awareness about indigenous trees and the need for a clean environment. The focus of the campaign is to: plant indigenous trees and plants, improve aesthetics, combat major littering and illegal dumping issues, encouraging a clean and healthy environment, as well as active citizenship and pride in community.

Arbour Week (1st-5th of September)
All learners will be exposed to the importance of trees and the significance of Arbour Week/Month during an assembly. Learners will be encouraged to respect trees at school and within their community. The school will take part in greening their school grounds by planting indigenous trees and shrubs increasing the aesthetics and local biodiversity.

Significant tree planting:
Principals will plant the tree of the year on their school grounds. (Tree of the year: Vepris lanceolata, White ironwood).

School gardens:
Flower seeds and indigenous water-wise shrubs and flowers will be planted in schools’ existing plant-beds. Schools will choose a grade that will be responsible for planting the seeds. This will boost aesthetics and promote pride in environment.

Joburg City Parks and Zoo will be planting 1000 trees for the newly built extensions around Cosmo City.

Clean-up Week (20th-24th October)
All learners will be exposed to the significance of National Clean-up week during an assembly. Learners will be encouraged to “Keep Cosmo Clean”. Messages of anti-littering and anti-dumping will be reiterated, recycling and clean, healthy environments will be promoted. i.e. Healthy environment = happy people!

School clean up campaign:
Schools will decide what grade will be targeted to collectively clean up the school. (More then one clean up may be conducted during the Ethoma ka wena Campaign) Refuse bags and gloves will be provided. Green Beings will arrange with Pikitup to remove the collected rubbish.

Community clean up - Sunday 26th October
To conclude this campaign, all extensions in Cosmo City will take part in cleaning up their own extension. Resident associations / extension leaders are responsible for mobilizing community members to clean up their own areas. The aim is to promote active citizenship and pride in environment.  Cosmo City Stakeholder Forum (CCSF), resident associations, church groups and other NGOʼs will be encouraged to clean up their different areas in Cosmo City. Anti-dumping and anti-littering messages will be shared with residents. Community members will be encouraged to “Keep Cosmo Clean”. The aim is to promote clean and healthy environment and pride community. Refuse bags and gloves will be provided for the different groups and Green Beings will arrange with Pikitup to collect the collected rubbish.

The campaign not only directly benefits the individuals involved as it will be advantageous for the community in the long term with regards to creating a sustainable environment for all people in the surrounding areas. It will also serve to teach the young and old involved about the importance of creating a green future.

Campaign Details

Key:
Primary Schools
High Schools

Arbour Week:
Monday: 1 September

JCP 7.45 Cosmo West 4 Primary (Grade R – 3)
GREENPEACE 7:45 Far North Secondary (Grade 8 -11)
GREENPEACE 10:00 Blue Eagle High School (Grade 8&9)
GREENPEACE 11:30 Blue Eagle High School (Grade 10 - 12)

Tuesday: 2 September

CITY OF JOBURG 7:30 Tirisano Mmogo Primary (Grade 4 – 7)

Wednesday: 3 September

GREENPEACE 7:45 Sgodiphola Secondary (Grade 8 – 12)

Thursday: 4 September

Ambush/Grow-a-tree 7:30 Cosmo Primary 1 (Grade R and 4 – 7)

Friday: 5 September

JCP 7.45 Junior Primary 2 (Grade R – 3)
GREENPEACE 8:00 Cosmo Secondary 1 (Grade 8 – 12)

Clean up Week:
Monday: 20 October

GREENPEACE 7:30 Cosmo West 4 Primary (Grade R – 3)
GREENPEACE 7:45 Far North Secondary (Grade 8 -11)
PIKITUP 10:00 Blue Eagle High School (Grade 8&9)
PIKITUP 11:30 Blue Eagle High School (Grade 10 - 12)

Tuesday: 21 October

GREENPEACE 7:30 Tirisano Mmogo Primary (Grade 4 – 7)

Wednesday: 22 October

GREENPEACE 7:45 Sgodiphola Secondary (Grade 8 – 12)

Thursday: 23 October

PETCO 7:30 Cosmo Primary 1 (Grade R and 4 – 7)

Friday: 24 October

PETCO 7:30 Junior Primary 2 (Grade R – 3)
PETCO 8:00 Cosmo Secondary 1 (Grade 8 – 12)

Community Clean up:
Meeting points, pick up points and date to be confirmed after extension leader meeting.