Nestled in the rolling green hills amongst hectares of farmlands lies the sleepy town of Elsenberg, which is home to J.J. Rhodes Primary School – an educational haven for 277 farm children. With smiles to brighten any room, the excited learners welcomed Giraffe House’s Alma who recently visited the school equipped with a box full of surprises for the youngsters.
Inside the box were creatures never seen before by the learners and screams of delight soon filled the hall when it was clear that it will be no ordinary day at school. A tarantula spider from South America, a bull frog, tortoise and even a python were just some of the animals Alma brought with her from Giraffe House, where wildlife education is fundamental to their everyday lives.
Children’s inquisitive nature often results in animals being harmed when they play with them, and Alma stressed the importance of treating wildlife delicately and with respect as all living things should be.
PenBev believes it is really important to educate learners and particularly supports disadvantaged communities and as such invests in a number of educational programmes about history, the planet and wildlife, which the youth may have never had the opportunity to learn about first-hand.
Niqui Smit, OnCon Channel Manager from PenBev comments, “Education is so important to grow the minds of our youth and we are fortunate enough to be able to support initiatives which help learners from previously disadvantaged backgrounds reach their full potential. This initiative forms part of PenBev’s community focussed programmes which serve to uplift the communities in which we operate and who continue to support us.”
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