In 2000 our team attended the UNEP Leave it to Us Conference in the UK and met a number of young people from North West Province, South Africa, keen to look after their environment.
MKGP South Africa was born with the MK team visiting the young people in Mafikeng, South Africa, sharing ideas and introducing them to the youth voice process – asking kids what they like about their community, what they don’t like about their community and what they want to change? In many communities water is a major issue. Some schools have limited access to water, poor resources and waste management issues. Through a collaboration with kids in Western Australia and North West Province children shared ideas for river clean ups, food gardens and access to clean water.
MKGP ran a number of very successful projects – Clean Up Your River, Clean Up Your Act on the banks of the Molopo River and a food garden and water research project at Ntshidi School.
Special thanks to Kate Laurendi, MK Project Officer for working with Matilda Bay Restaurant to raise funds for the projects. Thanks to Slow Food Perth, the Lombardo family, Tonia Ranford, St Hilda’s Junior School, Leonie Moncrieff, Lathlain Primary School and an anonymous donor for supporting the projects at Molopo River and Ntshidi School.
Highlights of 2003
Tunas Hijau Planning Meeting
Worked with Tunas Hijau to develop Surabaya Dreaming, a plan to revegetate areas along the river as children’s gardens.
Clean Up Australia Curriculum
Millennium Kids assisted in the development of the National Schools curriculum for Clean up Australia.
MK Youth Board Grows Up
MK Youth Board developed a leadership framework for 18 – 24 year olds.
ABC Dimensions Documentary
Millennium Kids meets Dr David Suzuki.
TravelSmart to School showcased at International Conference
MK showcases the youth led TravelSmart to school program with programs in Perth and regional Western Australia working with over 70 schools.
Big Bio Buzz
500 students attend workshops at Piney Lakes with workshops facilitated byMK, WWF, Aloca Frog Watch and Greening Australia.