Who is Iimbovane

Iimbovane is an education project that uses nature as a platform to help learners develop valuable scientific skills and an appreciation for biodiversity.

Our activities

Educator support

We support science educators through training events and the development of learning materials for the classroom.

Camps and one-day programmes for learners

We run camps and one-day programmes where learners explore biodiversity in various habitats through mini-research projects.

School-based lessons and field studies

Our team helps learners develop and practice their scientific skills by using the scientific method to study the biodiversity in their own school grounds.

Our impact

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Learners trained in biodiversity science

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Learners attended multi-day camps

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limbovane alumni continued with tertiary studies in biological sciences at universities

Taking education outdoors with Iimbovane!

The outdoor environment offers plenty of learning opportunities and what place can be better than South Africa with its diverse environments where learners can spread out and reap the benefits of the great outdoors. 
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Taking education outdoors with Iimbovane!

Data collected by Iimbovane learners and educators contributes to research

Data collected by educators and learners participating in the Iimbovane Outreach Project contributed to an article that was recently published in the scientific journal, Journal of Animal Ecology.
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Data collected by Iimbovane learners and educators contributes to research

Celebration as Iimbovane receives funding from the Mapula Trust

Thanks to the support from the Mapula Trust, we project team will be able to expose approximately 1 200 Grade 10 learners from 17 schools in the Western Cape to biodiversity while helping them develop much needed practical science skills.
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Celebration as Iimbovane receives funding from the Mapula Trust

Iimbovane gives SANParks Junior Rangers a close-up look at park’s ant diversity

Iimbovane took to the Karoo National Park, Beaufort West, to host a workshop for their Junior Rangers on the ant diversity of the park.
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Iimbovane gives SANParks Junior Rangers a close-up look at park’s ant diversity

New addition to Iimbovane Project Team

Etienne grew up in Stellenbosch, where he studied Biodiversity and Ecology at the Stellenbosch University. After graduation, Etienne worked with various NGOs, including Gondwana Alive, Rim of Africa and Earthchild Project, where he was responsible for coordinating and facilitating their environmental programmes.
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New addition to Iimbovane Project Team

From Iimbovane learner to computer whizz

Science affects us all. Its applications is interwoven in our daily lives - from the food that we eat to the computers that we use every day. Although science as a subject may be daunting for some of us, a nudge in the right direction is all that is needed sometimes to send us on an interesting career path.
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Science educator of the future

When the Iimbovane Project recently reconnected with a few of its alumni, Romeo Nissen, who participated in Iimbovane as Grade 10 learner at Swartberg Secondary School in Caledon, agreed to share his experiences as a varsity student.
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Iimbovane alumnus pursues his passion for science

Azole Klaas, Iimbovane alumnus, decided to pursue his passion for science after high school. Azole is currently a first year student at the University of Cape Town (UCT), and is doing a BSc degree with majors in Biochemistry, Human Anatomy and Physiology.
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As a future educator specialising in Natural Sciences, the Iimbovane biodiversity workshop has equipped me with new insight and experience in field trips that form a crucial part of science education.

Janine Daniels
BEd student, 2019

I learned more about ants, which was something I did not really put to my attention. I just saw them as small and unimportant, but no, they are quite interesting and very important for the environment.

Grade 10 learner
Sarepta Secondary School, 2018

We learned the different sampling methods and how to set up these methods and also tested which one is the best to use.  We also learned about invasive species and native species.

Grade 10 learner
Luhlaza Secondary School, 2019

To work with a microscope was the best. I have never used one before. I know now how it is used!

Grade 10 learner
Atlantis Secondary School, 2018