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Forest Trees

Extensive research demonstrates that use of forests contributes to reducing stress and promoting more positive moods and feelings.

In children, forests help to get healthy mental and social development.  

21 March 
International Day of Forests

This 2023 calls for giving, not just taking, because healthy forests will bring healthy people.

See a special project in South Africa, changing landfill into forest. View Lesson Plan Grade 8 from slide 13 - 16.

Healthy forest for healthy people

When we drink a glass of water, write in a notebook, take medicine for a fever or build a house, we do not always make the connection with forests. And yet, these and many other aspects of our lives are linked to forests in one way or another. The theme for 2023 is "Forests and health.”

Forests give us so much to our health. They purify the water, clean the air, capture carbon to fight climate change, provide food and life-saving medicines, and improve our well-being.

It’s up to us to safeguard these precious natural resources.

The United Nations declared 21 March the International Day of Forests to celebrate and raise awareness of the importance of all types of forests. 

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Conserving and sustainably using forests is one of the best ways of protecting our planet and ourselves. Healthy forests are vital for all aspects of a healthy planet, from livelihoods and nutrition to biodiversity and the environment, but they are under threat. It’s up to us to safeguard these precious natural resources.


Typing Together

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Lesson Plans for Grade R to Grade 12

United Nations Special Days

Award winning Stories,

Unique and Amazing Activities


All lesson plans, stories and activities are CAPS ALIGNED with the National Curriculum in South Africa.

Grade R to Grade 3 also in Afrikaans.

Selected resources in isiXhosa, isiZulu, Sesotho, Setswana & Shona


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