This vision statement forms part of the Greyton in 2030 Vision: We recognise that changing long-term societal behaviour starts with children and we teach sustainability from a young age. We have primary and high school programmes, running in school and after school, as well as during school holidays, all of which focus on fostering the environmental leaders of the future. Our curricula are holistic, green and relevant to our future world. We have a vibrant adult education program with a focus on technology and information publishing. In addition, we provide ongoing learning opportunities for senior and retired residents.
Current key activities towards Greyton’s education vision:
1. Environmental Education
Two of the six schools in Greyton are now eco-schools, with the others in various stages of qualifying. Eco-schools receive resources and support from WESSA. GTT’s 350 strong eco-crew meet regularly and enjoy horizon expanding visits at home and abroad. The children have visited the Cape Town aquarium for a special guided tour, collected sharks eggs from Hermanus beach, started their own school gardens, attended Cape Leopard Trust camp, slept in the wild and planted trees in the Western Cape and in Zambia.
2. Humane Education
GTT gives humane education a high priority as a means of fostering empathy for people, animals and the environment. Humane Society International is funding a four year programme to roll out humane education in all six schools. Two full time staff members are supported by voluntary interns, including an academic doctor from Oxford University, who are helping with monitoring and evaluation. The programme is already having a significant impact on children’s sense of self-worth and general behaviour.
3. External Partnerships
GTT attracts volunteers and interns from all over the world including UK, USA, Canada, France, Germany, Netherlands, Denmark, China, Australia and Brazil. Interns have ranged from under-graduates to academic doctors and a professor. Their contribution has led to many different and fulfilling partnerships and collaborations including the Best of Both Worlds annual conference, Oxford University, Schumacher College in the UK, The Institute of Sustainability in Stellenbosch, The Green School in Bali and the University of Sao Paolo. At local level GTT is privileged to work with Greyton Conservation Society, Greyton Animal Welfare Society and Greyton Tourism Association.