SPARK ignites a spark by planting trees in Soweto

This will also see more than 1100 trees planted in the area, in partnership with local non-profit organisation Food & Trees for Africa (FTFA) in coming months.

Yes, it might be a winter season but for kids this augurs well for them to interact with nature since its school holidays in Soweto, that will see 1000 shade and fruit trees planted at homes and 100 at schools in the area, and creating job opportunities for unemployed youth, who have been trained as community foresters and educators.

SPARK Soweto principal Gundo Mmbi, said tree-planting and urban forestry programmes were a vital part of community mobilisation, and demonstrated a commitment to both the environment and the local community.

“By partnering with FTFA on their Trees for Homes and Trees for All programmes, we’re helping to transform our school and community into a healthier, more sustainable environment while importantly creating environmental awareness and stewardship amongst our scholars,” she said.

SPARK Soweto, located in the West of Soweto, opened its doors in January 2019 and is the twentieth school in the SPARK Schools network. The school currently offers Grade R to Grade 3 and will expand by a grade each year.

Image (The SPARK School -Protea Glen (Soweto) added the spark when learners partook in plant a tree project).

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