Since 2003, the Two Oceans Aquarium and the City of Cape Town have collaborated to communicate powerful environmental messages with Cape Town's youth using interactive technology, hands-on learning and novel storytelling approaches. Through this partnership, we've been able to reach thousands of children and spread valuable lessons about sustainability. Take a look:
Grade 7 Smart Living Course
One of the free Marine Science Academy courses offered by the Two Oceans Aquarium Education Foundation, the Grade 7 Smart Living course is the perfect way for children to get a deeper look into the sustainable practices that help our city to coexist with nature. Biodiversity, water, waste and energy management are all examined in great depth, with exciting field trips and unforgettable lessons.
Don't take our word for it - look at the fun the kids had on the previous course:
Thanks to sponsorship from the City of Cape Town, we are able to offer this course completely free to Grade 7 learners from all walks of life in Cape Town, twice a year.
If your child is going to be in Grade 7 next year, be sure to keep an eye on our Marine Science Academy for upcoming course dates (including courses for other grades).
Smart Living Outreach
While attending a course at the Two Oceans Aquarium is the ideal way to receive a strong sustainability lesson, both we and the City of Cape Town realise that this is an opportunity that many children can't take advantage of due to their personal circumstances. For this reason, the Smart Living Outreach mobile classroom is on the road almost every day, taking our core sustainability and environmental messaging to tens of thousands of school children across the Western Cape.
Outreach Educator Anzio Abels and the team of the Two Oceans Aquarium Education Foundation work closely with the Western Cape Department of Education and local teachers to ensure that the lessons offered supplement the existing school curriculum.
I Live Smart
In partnership with the City of Cape Town, the Aquarium's Early Childhood Development team have created the unique I Live Smart children's story and a corresponding live puppet show. This puppet show ties in with the Aquarium's existing Puppet Stories programme, but thanks to the City's generous sponsorship, we are able to take this educational, interactive puppet show and lesson to some of Cape Town's under-resourced primary schools and ECD centres.
Smart Living Challenge Zone
An oldie, but a goodie, the Smart Living Challenge Zone is series of interactive exhibits that gamify the most important environmental and sustainability lessons that we and the City of Cape Town would like our visitors to take home with them.
From lessons about how the City's energy grid is managed, to making grocery choices that reduce non-recyclable packaging (and save you money), this is a fun experience for kids and families - and if we can encourage each Capetonian who passes through here to live a little more sustainably, this will have a hugely positive effect on our livelihoods and environment.
Educational school visits
Last, but certainly not least, the City of Cape Town has been instrumental in sponsoring the visits of thousands of children from under-resourced communities to visit the Two Oceans Aquarium's Environmental Education Centre. These children have the opportunity to take part in marine science lessons with our team of teachers, attend I Live Smart puppet shows, test their skills at the Smart Living Challenge Zone and, perhaps most impactful of all, see and interact with the beautiful marine life that calls South African waters home.
In a city of 4.5 million people, everyone has a role to play in living sustainably, for the good of the environment, their families' futures and to help them save money and live more affordably.
We are incredibly proud to be able to call the City of Cape Town one of our oldest partners in environmental education and are looking forward to what the future holds for this wonderful collaboration.