Presenter

Cheryl Ogilvie

Dr Cheryl Ogilvie

Ph.D.Tshwane University of Technology

Biography

Affectionately known as Nomzamo, Dr Ogilvy manages an Environmental Education Programme in the Ndumo Game Reserve on behalf of Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife. The Ndumo Community Programme started in 1998.

MTECH Thesis entitled “Environmental behaviour of primary school learners within Tshwane Metropolitan (Pretoria Region). Most environmental educators recognise that a substantial part of an environmental education awareness programme, particularly for school children in the primary school sector, should involve some kind of direct action about, for, in and through the environment. The purpose of this study was to determine if there was a difference in environmental behaviour of three socio-economic groups after identifying environmental problems through the evaluative technique (art) and the introduction of an environmental education awareness programme. There were indications that all three socio-economic groups were greatly influenced and their behaviour was positively influenced after the implementation of the EE programme. The results of this research were presented at 4 national and 2 international conferences.

DTECH thesis entitled “Effectiveness of environmental education programmes in adverse socio-economic environments: A case study of the Ndumo communities, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa”. Here I investigated if an environmental education programme was effective in changing the cognitive knowledge of learners regarding the natural environment and if the programme leads to pro-environmental behaviour change in the community adjacent to a protected area. Her study showed that the socio-economic challenges that the community face, have a direct impact on the Ndumo Game Reserve and the surrounding environment. The most significant contribution of the research was that there were significant positive changes in learners’ knowledge regarding the physical environment and that the programme was effective in creating and improving awareness of essential issues in the Ndumo environment. It also showed that learners who were taught environmental principles from an early age have a positive influence on the pro-environmental behaviour of a community as they practice environmental sound principles setting examples for peers and adults alike. This research also proposed a programme to be incorporated into school curriculums to establish a culture of environmental awareness and pro-environmental behaviour to ensure sustainable use of all resources and species in and around protected environments. The results of this research have been presented at six national and two international conferences and two papers have been submitted for publication in peer-reviewed journals.

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