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Published on Oct 7, 2014
Nkululeko Mdladla is a former learner of Shea O Connor Combined School, Nottingham Road, KZN, South Africa. This July, his amazing contributions to his school and community through the WESSA Eco Schools Programme since Grade 4, were recognised by eduSOIL Education and he was chosen as the 2014 winner of the Intuitive Innovator Award. This is a small snippet of Nkulu's story of change, in his own words "I began back in 2005 when we were still in Grade 4. We started a garden. The principal was so amazed and motivated by the good job we did in the garden that he started a garden right in front of his office. He turned the flower bed into a vegetable bed, full of spinach and peas! We formed an Eco-Committee that taught other learners how to create gardens, how to take care of the environment and keep it clean and safe. Now I am starting on a new journey. I realise that small steps can take you places, you must just start. I realise that a few people who really care about something can make a big difference in the world."
Nkulu was also chosen to be the 2014 Ambassador of Change, to represent South Africa at the Be the Change Conference in India which brings together children and youth from all over the world who are making a difference in their communities through the global Design For Change (DFC) initiative. Even though Nkulu was not able to attend the conference in India (due to passport issues) his story is inspiring, expressing his heart-felt wish to 'take good care of Mother Earth.'