Our aim is to increase awareness of the importance of caring for the natural environment and each other among all sectors of the community in the Midlands Meander area. Focusing primarily on local schools, teachers are assisted to integrate environmental education into the teaching curriculum, with emphasis on wise resource use, creativity, sustainable living and community building.
Each of the schools on the programme is registered as a WESSA Eco-School and presents a portfolio of work at the end of each year receiving recognition for meaningful whole school development.
Since 2003 over 20 schools have been registered with the MMEP programme. There are approximately 4000 learners attending schools currently involved in the programme. Our main focus is on educator support through co-teaching in a wide range of areas with a special focus on environmental education and life skills.
All the lessons are requested and planned to suit the school as well as fit with the CAPS curriculum and school schedules. The programme has been strongly supported since its inception by N3TC. Recent Lottery Funding has enabled the MMEP to host community workshops, run competitions and expand the organisations expertise into the wider community.
At schools the MMEP fieldworkers have a series of set dates to co-teach creative, interactive lessons. Often outdoors, using unusual and creative resources the MMEP fieldworkers add an exhilarating new dimension to learning. The MMEP believes that continual support from an enthusiastic fieldworker and the dynamic relationship that this creates is more effective than merely providing educational materials which may or may not be used.
‘A truly exciting day that we didn’t want to end. These ladies are gems to the staff and children of our school. Thank you once again.’ N. Sewraj (Nxamalala Islamic School, Mpophomeni Township)
To introduce more Midlands Magic to the programme, MMEP field-workers have metamorphosed into colourful “Bug” mascots – Sizakele the Spider, Gogo Gogo, Masechaba the May-Fly, Inkulungwane the Flying Ant, Palesa the Bookworm, Cebo and Icimbi the Caterpillar and our first intern Gugu.
Incorporating ‘Bugateers’ or community volunteers in the programme began in 2013 and has been a great success with overseas experts, local enthusiasts and youngsters bringing a new element of enthusiasm and insight into the organisation and the schools.
Our Vision is to help KwaZulu-Natal Midlands Schools nurture capable, confident and curious children who are sensitive to environmental issues, who have the resilience to cope with a changing world and are able to contribute positively to their communities.
MMEP fieldworkers bring enthusiasm and a creative dimension to teaching and learning which has a positive impact on the development of both teachers and learners at schools which participate in the programme. Our programme is dependent on the on-going support of our sponsors and we happily welcome new partners who wish to make a contribution to education in the Midlands.