Up-cycling versus Recycling
August 5 2016

This past week at Kid’s Club, ALERT staff in Victoria Falls have been getting creative with the children at the Rose of Charity Orphanage, while learning about upcycling - and the difference between that and recycling. 

Eager pupils were taught that upcycling is more beneficial than recycling alone, because it creates something new, of greater value, from an old object. 

The young learners were given old household items (toilet paper rolls, soda bottles, etc) and asked to come up with new functions for them.  Once the children had thought of a solid, logical idea, they got to work in putting their plans into action. 

Following this activity, learners were taught the importance of throwing rubbish into rubbish bins, and recycling materials into recycling bins; after first considering options for upcycling of course.  They were asked to look at the public area in the community where they play.  Students noticed that the ground was littered with plastic bags, candy wrappers, and glass.  ALERT staff and volunteers explained how dangerous broken glass can be, and the children were eager to improve their surroundings.  Gloves, and garbage bags were handed out, and they immediately got to work on the plastic and wrappers, while the adults helped remove the glass.

By the end of the lesson, three full bags of rubbish, and one cardboard box full of broken glass had been collected - a pretty great effort by a group of children wanting to keep their play area clean!  The attendees expressed their desire to keep maintain the environment and ALERT staff will be keeping tabs on the area, making sure they keep to their promise.


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Kids Club is our opportunity to implement our Basic Life Skills Course.  The aim of the course is to assist children and adolescents to gain essential skills needed to operate effectively in society in an active and constructive way.  Topics in the course include; self-esteem, coping with stress, effective communication, decision making, problem solving and non-violent conflict resolution.  The course has been developed by David Brackstone of John Taylor High School, UK using a programme in use at that school and adapted for use in our schools in Africa.

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Basic Life Skills courses are one aspect of the work of our ALERT Education Centres.  The AEC operations at Livingstone (Zambia), Victoria Falls and Antelope Park (Zimbabwe) are all aimed at supporting the formal education system by offering extra-curricular activities to enhance student learning, and assisting with access to education for vulnerable students.  Current programs include the provision of classes in conservation education, basic life skills, and English literacy.  In addition, we provide funding to pay the fees of vulnerable students to take part in education from pre-school to university level, and fully funded internship and facilitated research placements for university level students.  Future programmes will incorporate classes in numeracy, health & nutrition, physical education and business studies/entrepreneurship, as well as a variety of vocational training.  The AEC is operated in association with Coventry University (UK), Midlands State University (Zimbabwe) and Copperbelt University (Zambia), and with the assistance of David Brackstone of John Taylor High School (UK).   The first AEC, at Antelope Park, was opened in 2012 by the then Zimbabwe Minister of Education, Mr. David Coltart.

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