A SchoolMedia initiative to greening South African schools, has led to over 4 500 trees being planted, providing learners with a better learning environment.
It has taken the youth marketing company four years to plant this number of trees in schools across Gauteng a�� stretching from Orange Farm, Soweto, Alexandra, Cosmo City, to Ivory Park and as far as Diepsloot.
In 2011, Khethi Ngwenya, owner of SchoolMedia noticed that many schools, particularly these in the township, had no greenery. a�?May schools looked barren with no grass to speak of, never mind trees.a�?
A nature-lover, Ngwenya, began his quest to get schools going green. The result? The Green Project (GGP). He garnered support from Johannesburg City Parks and negotiated that City Parks provide and deliver trees for planting in schools across Gauteng.
The GGP targets schools across the country, and kicked off in May 2011 in Soweto, Gauteng, with 10 schools showing signing up and showing their Green Attitude (GA) by cleaning the schools and community around them. The schools that are the best cleaned and maintained win prizes.
Happily, he is able to report that of the 3 000 trees planted in 2011 more than 85% of the trees continue to grow and flourish.
a�?No greenery is not only environmentally unfriendly, it is not conducive to learning. Greening South African schools has seen our trees have grown and provide shade. Currently we are sourcing corporate support in sponsoring benches that we can place under the trees for the children,a�? says Ngwenya.