26 Nov Learning is Fun
“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world” – Nelson Mandela.
One sunny afternoon, while watching their children play, two moms pondered raising their little ones in today’s world. With one of the major challenges being unprecedented environmental degradation, what did the future hold for their children? How could they prepare their kids for the challenges ahead and teach them to be kinder to the planet? Before the afternoon was over these two moms had hatched an idea – the creation of a children’s book to teach children to be more environmentally conscious.
One of the mothers, Melanie Rosettenstein, is a writer and author of two children’s books and the other mother, Dr. Bronwyn Goble, is a coastal scientist at the Oceanographic Research Institute. They decided to combine their unique skills to produce a children’s book focusing on the environment. Talented illustrator, Cristy Cuthbert, was called in to bring their ideas to life.
One of the main challenges facing the coastal environment is pollution and litter. ‘Cosha Udoti’ (pick up litter), a dual language (English and Zulu) children’s book, follows the adventures of uKhozi, the wise fish eagle, and a young boy, Themba.
Together they uncover the importance of putting litter into rubbish bins. uKhozi takes Themba on a journey from home to visit a river, an estuary, and the beach. Along the way, they discover all the harmful effects of pollution on wildlife and the value of picking litter up and disposing of it correctly.
The aim behind ‘Cosha Udoti’ is to share an important environmental message, to generate awareness around marine pollution and litter and hopefully, shape the thinking of children to be the catalysts of change in their communities. Having read drafts of the book to their own children, who are now self-proclaimed eco-warriors, the authors are confident that this story will resonate with children and parents alike.
In an effort to share this story with as many children as possible, copies of these books are for sale at a subsidised rate of R 100. Proceeds from the sale of this book will allow us to donate copies, on your behalf, to financially disadvantaged children.