Tetra Pak promotes youth education and experience

Tetra Pak South Africa has sponsored 50 Free State learners to visit Soetwater Environmental Education Centre in Kommetjie, Cape Town. The experience was arranged in collaboration with Kagiso Trust and the Free State Department of Education, as part of Tetra Pak’s CSI programme to uplift, support and inspire youngsters to become future leaders. This is a pilot project in the Free State and aims to broaden the scope of Tetra Pak’s current support of schools in the Western Cape by giving learners from other regions in the country the opportunity to visit the environmental centre. ‘Kagiso Trust has been working with the department of education in the Free State for some time and it is the perfect organisation to partner with, as the company channels funds to uplift and empower schools in that region,’ said Penny Ntuli, communications director for Tetra Pak sub-Saharan Africa. ‘We worked with them to identify five learners from each of the 10 schools involved.’ Soetwater Environmental Education Centre is an outdoor environmental and social education centre primarily aimed at learners with an interest in studies related to the environment. It is near Cape Town on the Atlantic seaboard, adjacent to the lighthouse at Kommetjie. Learners can experience a host of fun and adventure activities, including team building games and leadership skills activities. ‘With the assistance of the schools, we selected grade 11 learners, aged 16 and 17, with strong academic backgrounds from each school,’ said Ntuli. ‘They will be accompanied by teachers to Soetwater, where they will spend the week learning environmental and social lessons through fun and adventure. The activities they undertake are specially designed to help build character and prepare them for the future. ‘We want the learners to have as broad an experience as possible and an opportunity to learn more about the environment and the country,’ said Ntuli. ‘As part of the experience, they will visit the Two Oceans Aquarium, Parliament, the Slave Lodge, Iziko Museum, Table Mountain, and the Cape Town Science Centre. They will also travel to Cape Point, the meeting place of the Indian and Atlantic Oceans, and go on a short hike through this spectacular world heritage site. After that, there is a trip to Simon’s Town, where they will have the opportunity to go to the Naval Museum.’ Caption: 50 Free State learners sponsored by Tetra Pak South Africa