Lalitha at Dainfern - Round Square Conference 2014

Dainfern College had the privilage of Hosting the first International Young Round Square Conference and the even greater privilage of having Laltha visit us for the week of the conference.

The theme for the conference was – Endangered… a guide to survival. The conference focus on what delegates can do to help species (humans, animals, plants) to survive on the planet. All activities will be revised to reflect on lessons learn for survival. Each delegate will receive a workbook that will become a “survival kit” where children get information, reflect on what they learn on their own and in Baraza groups and pledge what they will do to help species to survive on the planet.

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Every continent nominated an endangered species from their continent, which were incorporated in through their footsteps in the conference logo.

The Rhinoceros represents Africa http://worldwildlife.org/species/rhino and the footsteps in the logo are from top to bottom:

Tiger (Asia and Gulf) http://worldwildlife.org/species/tiger

European Brown Bear (Europe) http://worldwildlife.org/species/brown-bear

Bali Staling (Australasia) http://worldwildlife.org/ecoregions/im0113

Leatherback Sea Turtle (Americas) http://worldwildlife.org/species/leatherback-turtle

The conference was based mainly at Dinokeng Game Reserve which is the first free-roaming Big 5 residential game reserve in Gauteng – and probably in the world – next to an urbanized area. It is a private/public initiative for which planning and development started in the early 2000′s. It was officially opened on 22 September 2011 after the introduction of four of the Big 5. The last of the Big 5 to be introduced in late 2012 were the Buffalo and they have settled in well.

Sadly the week before the conference a Rhino was poached from the reserve as reported on news24.

Lalitha joined delegates from over 50 school from Asia, Africa, Europe, Australia and the Americas in a week of conferences. game viewing, obstacle courses and service projects. She also visited the Union Buidings, Dainfern College, The Freedom Gardens and The Apartheid Museum.DSC04030.JPG


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