Environmental and Cultural Awareness Programmes
Members of the KwaZulu-Natal Museum's Department of Human Sciences, Jeremy Hollmann and Nkululeko Sibetha, attended the presentation of certificates of participation to learners, held in March 2012, at six schools in the amaNgwane Traditional Authority Area and in the amaZizi Traditional Authority Area. The certificates were awarded for the completion of an Environmental Awareness Programme in 2011. In consultation with the monitoring groups and the African Conservation Trust the Museum helped to develop the structure and contents of the course. The school principals set aside one period per week for volunteer members of two local groups, the Mnweni Rock Art and Cultural Monitoring Group in the amaNgwane Traditional Authority Area and the Mdlankomo Rock Art and Cultural Monitoring Group in the amaZizi Traditional Authority Area to teach learners about the importance of environment, including the management of fire, soil erosion and conservation of scarce resources, both natural and cultural, including rock art. There are over 120 rock art sites in the two Traditional Authority Areas. In the amaNgwane Traditional Authority Area monitoring group members targeted 7 schools (Primary and High schools). In the amaZizi Traditional Authority Area monitoring group members selected 10 schools -- Primary and High schools. Next year, if funds permit, the Monitoring groups will select different classes at the same school for a similar course. Funding for the courses was provided by the African Conservation Trust (ACT) under the auspices of its Mountain range rehabilitation & rock art recording programme.