Creative Opportunities for Learners

Dear Principals and Educators

We are very excited to introduce you to this year’s Duzi uMngeni Conservation Trust’s (DUCT) & uMgungundlovu District Municipality’s Art & Environment Campaign.  This year we are excited to partner with uMgungundlovu District Municipality and are inviting learners to “Imagine uMgungundlovu 2030”

Rivers are the veins and backbones of our eco-system and support our communities – plants, animals and humans alike.  The uMngeni River is a critical water supply that supplies millions of people with water each day and powers the economy of Kwazulu-Natal.

umngeni river through howick res

Follow this years’ story with Mtini, the Cape Clawless Otter and Mo, the Malachite Kingfisher as they celebrate a new beginning and ask the children to “Imagine uMgungundlovu 2030!”   Introduce your learners to the special characters that teach them about healthy rivers and healthy communities. Explore the role of rivers & sustainability (economic, social and environmental) within the context of International Year of Water Cooperation.  Ask your learners to express their vision for a sustainable uMgungundlovu in 2030 through producing any art or cultural form including visual artwork, drama, song, dance, creative writing, poetry, 3D model or sculpture. Group work is permitted.  Run the campaign with the whole school, one grade or one class and choose ten entries to submit before the end of the third term.

Two exciting opportunities for displaying the artworks include the ‘Happy Earth’ Hall at the Sunday Tribune Garden & Leisure Show (27 – 29th September) and at the Liberty Midlands Mall during the re*think campaign (17th – 20th October) You can drop your entries at the DUCT Campsdrift office, Pietermaritzburg or arrange for collection.


Pandora Long – Education, Training & Development Practitioner

DUCT & uMgungundlovu District Municipality Art & Environmental Campaign and PMB Eco-Schools Node  072 6928124  fax 086 6722577


About Nikki Brighton

I live in Howick, between the river and the hills. I enjoy pre-dawn walks in the streets with my dog, sitting on the veranda with crochet and tea, and harvesting vegetables outside the kitchen door.
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