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Planting trees, showcasing Africa

More than 60 tourism industry professionals from all over Africa visited our school recently to plant 150 indigenous trees with our students.

We Are Africa, the world’s most vibrant gathering of luxury African travel brands, took place from 17-20 May 2022. With the theme of the event being conservation and sustainability, We Are Africa donated beautiful trees, which were planted by the event delegates and our students at our school.

Through the tree planting event, we had the opportunity to showcase our school and our various programs to some of the most influential tour operators from right across Africa. The delegates received a helping hand with planting the trees from 60 of our students as part of our Build our Boys (BOB) program. The BOB program is a leadership program implemented across our Junior and High School to actively engage our boys by teaching them valuable life skills and helping them to develop into positive role models in their community.

"From the moment we conceived the Tree-Athlon project we were on the lookout for the perfect site where the presence of our 150 indigenous trees would have maximum positive impact. We were delighted when the amazingly progressive and collaborative Christel House School stepped forward and made the perfect piece of land available," said Ryan Wallace, Director & Co-founder at We Are Africa.

This year’s official Community Development Partner for the event is one of our long-standing supporters and responsible tourism initiative, Uthando South Africa. “Christel House is absolutely remarkable, and we are so thankful to We Are Africa for enthusiastically embracing the school as a recipient of the trees. We are also excited that so many important tourism stakeholders will have the opportunity to spend time at the school, and see first-hand just how remarkable the school is," comments James Fernie, Founding Director at Uthando.

The fun-filled event ended with a fun dance challenge with Siyolise N., a Grade 9 student at our school and Instagram influencer who is famous for her dance videos.

A special thanks goes out to We Are Africa who made this generous donation to our school and Uthando South Africa for giving us the opportunity to introduce tourism industry professionals to our school.

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