30 July 2012

Selmar Schonland Herbarium Environmental Education Programme

Selmar Schonland Herbarium Environmental Education Programme

SECTION 2 of the National Curriculum Statement (NCS) also known as Curriculum and Assessment Policy Statement (CAPS) published 2011 by Dept of Basic Education of South Africa defines life sciences as the scientific study of living things from molecular level to their interactions with one another and their environments. This curriculum gives educators the freedom to expand concepts and to design and organise learning experiences according to their local circumstances and availability of resources. The Selmar Schonland Herbarium Environmental Education Programmes provide teaching and learning resources that are user-friendly and relevant to learners' everyday lives.


Our programmes involve learning through fun and practical hands-on activities. Learners learn to care about, appreciate and understand plants in their environment. The subjects come alive as learners apply classroom knowledge to real life.

Learners learn about the value of plants and the reasons why they need to be protected and conserved.
Our programmes are structured such that they respond to the curriculum needs. Our approach furthermore emphasises education for sustainability and encourages all learners to take responsibility for the environment.

We help teachers to make use of these resources. We share ideas and information to help develop skills and confidence to use these resources to make teaching more fun and relevant.
The Herbarium Education Programme offers a wide range of activities and resources for educators as well.

Phumlani Cimi is willing to assist dedicated educators who wish to develop Learning Programmes to foster environmental literacy and promote Education for Sustainability.


We are grateful to DSG for their generous help with transport of learners to and from the Herbarium. .

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