A state of the art Environmental Education Centre was recently opened in Wattville, Ekurhuleni, which will give residents access to state of the art technological environmental equipment.

Mayco member for the environment and waste management services, Ndosi Shongwe said the centre was open to all members of the public, but the municipality has hopes that it will be of added value to children from surrounding communities.

The centre boasts hi-tech, interactive equipment that is educational in the fields of science, technology and the environment. The equipment contains plug in sound devices which will help learners with their research.

“Our daily existence is dependent on the environment. It is therefore our responsibility to protect it by utilising the globally standardised technological equipment,” Shongwe said. “The resources in this centre are meant to assist our children with their school projects and easy interaction with the environment directly for experiments.”

The centre has been built inside the O.R Tambo Precinct and hopes to give learners an out of classroom experience when studying, compared to natural science classrooms which usually have laboratories designed for lectures and hands-on experiments.

Shongwe said residents are encouraged to visit the centre to learn more about herb gardens, participate in outdoor learning activities and the indigenous games being provided.