Caption: The wonders of the ocean were enjoyed by 160 learners last week (21 October 2014) when Mustadafin Foundation took their Educare pupils from Khayelitsha and Delft to an exciting excursion to the Two Oceans Aquarium in Cape Town. For many children, this was their first trip to the aquarium and the young ones thoroughly enjoyed themselves while being educated on the environment.

The Two Oceans Aquarium in Cape Town was a flutter with giggles and excitement as Mustadafin Foundation’s 160 Educare children, aged between three and six, learnt all about life under the sea. “This excursion to the aquarium forms part of our annual planning aimed at the children who live in the disadvantaged areas we operate in and is part of the educational programmes we run. We currently support 22 programmes and run the Early Childhood Development (ECD) centres in Khayelitsha and Delft,” says Ghairunisa Johnstone, Director at Mustadafin Foundation.

The children were mesmerised by the various fish in the sea. One learner commented that Nemo was alive and she was very happy about that. They were even treated to a puppet show featuring Sally the Penguin who taught them not to litter and to take care of the environment. Mustadafin Foundation kept the young bellies full during the day with porridge in the morning, delicious ‘vetkoek’ for lunch and snacks throughout the day.

“It is very important for us to introduce our children to the environment, teach them the wonders it has to offer and that it is our responsibility to take care of it,” concludes Johnstone.

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