EACH ONE TEACH ONE
We often think about how to make the world a better place. In order to create more harmony, humans need to change. We try to change policies, demand justice, and spread ideas. Some people sign petitions, others volunteer their time to non-profit organisations or for things like a beach or river clean-up. Some donate money to worthy causes.
But one powerful tool to change the way people think, is to educate others.
Each One Teach One is an African-American proverb. It was during slavery in the United States, when Africans were denied education, that this phrase originated. Many slaves were kept in a state of ignorance about the their immediate circumstances and when one enslaved person learnt how to read, it was his or her duty to teach someone else. This is how the phrase came about.
Each One Teach One was used with political prisoners in the apartheid era and is one of the guiding principles in one of the largest events in South Africa, Afrikaburn.
The Each One Teach One principle is also a fantastic way to raise awareness of environmental issues. Recently, the Animal Planet channel on DSTV aired an interesting programme with the title Racing Extinction. It delivered a lot of information, but what was truly inspiring was how a team of people that included National Geographic photographers set out to educate people who were largely responsible for a mass decline in a certain species. They created a beautiful movie showing the beauty and grace of this particular animal with a simple message, and they shared this with the villagers and their children. They also showed how a few people could change the way a community supports itself. Instead of hunting a species for consumption, as was done previously, these fishing boats now take people out to see them in their natural habitat. “My goal is to make a film that doesn’t just create awareness, but inspires people to get motivated to change this insane path we’re on.”- Louie Pslhoyos – Photographer and documentary film director
We did some research and found some brilliant teaching tips:
DESIRE – INTEREST AND EXPLANATION
You can lose your audience’s attention if you begin the wrong way. When our interest in something is aroused, we enjoy applying our minds to it. Establish the relevance of the topic and construct explanations that enable others to understand what you are communicating. Explain how your topic will benefit your audience so that they can in some way own it and use it to make sense of the world around them. You will need to know what your audience knows already and build on that to convey your message.
Help your audience feel that they can master the subject. A little bit of humility can go a long way in encouraging people to try something for themselves and succeeding.
ENHANCE THE SENSORY EXPERIENCE
Most people fall into three categories of learning: visual; audio and kinesthetic. The ideal learning environment is created when the audience sees, hears and feels the material themselves.
LEARN FROM YOUR AUDIENCE
A good communicator is open to change, constantly assessing the effects and modifying communication methods according to the evidence collected.
IT’S ALL IN THE DELIVERY
It’s not only about the content, but also how you deliver it. Being assertive from a position of power can put people off, and focusing on the positive is better than starting with doom and gloom.
We encourage you to go out and share your knowledge with others who can use it for the greater good. The media of today mainly focus on sensationalism and many environmental and other pertinent issues are ignored. We need to integrate and talk more. There are revolutions happening out there and you can join one or even start one. You are more powerful than you know.
|If you are living in the Western Cape, you will know that the drought here is severe. In the spirit of a healthier environment, we all need to take water conservation more seriously and save even more water than we were saving before. The dam levels are at an all-time low and, while we are all waiting and wishing for rain, we must remember that even when it does start raining, it will take a long time for our dams to recover fully. We must continue to save water always, even when seeing the rain leads us to think that water is bountiful.
It doesn’t hurt to self-evaluate and see room for improvement. This is why we are pushing hard on water conservation. Every single drop that is being wasted or saved is making a difference to our dam levels, so let’s be as creative as possible to save water.
Level 4 restrictions will most probably be implemented on the 1st of June, and this is what they are:
ONLY 100 LITRES OF WATER WILL BE ALLOCATED PER PERSON PER DAY
This amounts to 4 large buckets that you will use for washing yourself, your clothes, drinking, cooking, washing your dishes and flushing your toilet. Say goodbye to bathing – it’s irresponsible to do that now. It is unwise to drink water from the tap now as it can cause you to get sick. People are turning to bottled water or boiling water for consumption.
ALL NON-ESSENTIAL USES OF MUNICIPAL WATER WILL BE BANNED
This means that you cannot use water to fill your swimming pool, wash your car, boat or other vehicles. You cannot water you garden and no new golf courses or sports fields may be built unless they are watered with non-potable water.
WE NEED TO LIMIT OURSELVES TO TWO-MINUTE SHOWERS
Showers use about 16 litres a minute. It’s time to speed up and streamline your washing routine. Not only will you save water, but also precious time for other therapeutic rituals. A great way to save water, is to shower the Navy way. Turn on the water, get wet, and turn the water off. Scrub down and then turn on the water to rinse.
OVERUSE OF MUNICIPAL WATER MAY RESULT IN FINES
The proposed fines for overuse must be approved by the council and Chief Magistrate, and they range between R1000 and R5000 for a spot fine.
SOME WATER SAVING TIPS
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