Coming together for Community: 668 children experience the Waterberg Living Museum

In a fantastic collaborative initiative, the Welgevonden Environmental Awareness Programme (WEAP) has been working closely with the Waterberg Living Museum to give children and local community members opportunity to visit the museum, located just outside Vaalwater.

School children receive a warm welcome from renowned co-founder of the Museum , Clive Walker.

The Waterberg Living Museum offers guests a unique opportunity to explore the history of the Waterberg with six exhibition rooms dedicated to everything from cultural history and ancient man’s presence in the region, to dinosaurs and a dedicated rhino museum.  For the school children visiting the museum, this presents the perfect opportunity to pair curriculum topics with visual learning to maximise the learning experience.

Seeing skulls of early hominids assists children in the understanding of human evolution.

Thanks to funding from the Marataba Community Conservation Fund 668 children have, so far, been able to experience the museum – a phenomenal achievement considering that many of these individuals would never be exposed to such experiences otherwise.

“The kids are so grateful for this opportunity. Many had flawed ideas on evolution or did not believe that dinosaurs even existed. Seeing the fossils really helps to open their eyes. Schools should be endorsing for more of their students to come to the museum,” says Moji Kitsi, our Welgevonden Environmental Awareness Programme (WEAP) Coordinator.

WEAP coordinator, Moji Kitsi, leads the children on a curated tour explaining the role various animals played in the ancient ecosystem.

Together Save the Waterberg Rhino and the Waterberg Living Museum are partnering to raise additional funds for the “Kids to Museum” project to share this experience with as many local children as possible on an ongoing basis. Welgevonden encourages the community and visitors to the area to support this initiative by spreading the word and potentially supporting children to take part in the initiative.

Should you wish to contribute towards sending children to the museum, trips can be arranged at a small fee of between ~R150 and R200 (depending on distance) per child.

The rhino museum is one of the firm favourites. Children learn about prehistoric rhinos and the plight that modern rhinos face today.

Cost includes travel to and from, lunch and a curated museum tour for the participants.

To get involved please contact Kelly at kelly@stwr.org.za

All people visiting the Waterberg are encouraged to visit the museum to experience a unique display of Waterberg natural history.



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