Inkcubeko Nendalo - Bio-Cultural Diversity Conservation Programme
The Bio-Cultural Diversity Conservation Program’s education project, called Inkcubeko nendalo (meaning “culture and nature”), was developed out of the recognition that overexploitation of natural resources threatens not only biodiversity but also indigenous knowledge systems and ultimately South Africa’s cultural heritage. Inkcubeko nendalo aims to raise awareness around this link between cultural diversity and biodiversity amongst school learners as the future preservation of both our cultural heritage and bio-diversity relies on young people recognizing the importance and value of nature.

Inkcubeko nendalo is in line with the principles of the South African School Curriculum (Curriculum 2005), particularly the Life Sciences Curriculum of Grade 10 learners. Four lessons have been developed, one delivered in each term of the year. Sixteen contact lessons are delivered to approximately 700 learners each term. Several worksheets and an assignment developed by the team in consultation with teachers have been approved by the Department of Education as part of Grade 10 learners’ continuous assessment (CASS) portfolio. An after-hours field excursion to the "Xhosa forest", building on formal lessons in class, has been extremely popular with both learners and teachers

The education project is run by Dr Michelle Cocks, Tony Dold and Mluleki Nkosi in collaboration with the Mobile Science Lab (MSL) who generously provided seed funding for the first two years.

Several additional educational opportunities over the last few years include SciFest Africa, a photographic exhibition that has travelled to five museums (one in the Netherlands), public talks, workshops and slide shows. Inkcubeko nendalo also works closely with the Albany Museum education programme and the Selmar Schonland Herbarium.

Edu tourism: educational tours for small groups can be arranged on request. Please email us for details.