GWF’s Conservation Academy Introduces a new Course for Adult Students

Good Work Foundation’s (GWF) bizhub Conservation Academy has launched a new programme for adult students: An Introduction to Wildlife Monitoring.

The programme was specifically created for rural school-leavers who are interested in participating in the economy of wildlife. These school leavers will receive a holistic introduction to wildlife conservation, presented by a fully-qualified conservationist and Field Guide trainer.

The first class commenced on February 15th, 2016 with a full-time class of five students and learning will include:

  • Field Guide Association of South Africa (FGASA) Level 1 exam and practical
  • Online IGASA field guiding course via Lobster Ink hospitality training
  • Two weeks animal husbandry internship with an expert at a wildlife rehabilitation sanctuary
  • Field trips to local conservation areas, with a focus on wildlife security
  • Presentations by students on various conservation subjects
  • First aid Level 1 training
  • English for Access (Hands on English programme)

The students went on a field trip to the nearby Kruger National Park as their first lesson, a trip intended to get them excited about South Africa’s wild spaces. It was important for the students to experience first-hand the environment that they are passionate about. “It was an exciting experience to have gone to the Kruger National Park with my fellow students, because we learned a lot about trees, birds, animals and their behaviour. At the end of the trip, I felt like I was ready to now sit in class and explore more about what nature holds,” said Ntsako Milazi, a student at the bizhub Conservation Academy.

“This forward-thinking project seeks not only to protect rare wildlife, but also to create a unique integrated development model that supports community-centred conservation, digital education, and the cultivation, on a sustainable basis, of the many benefits that flow from the economy of wildlife,” said GWF CEO, Kate Groch. “We wish all of our new students luck and can’t wait to see more young South Africans from rural areas get excited about careers in conservation.”

GWF extends its gratitude to bizhub for their continued support of conservation literacy for rural learners.

Conservation Academy Facilitator, Sibusiso Mnisi in an English-for Access class with students who have just been enrolled for ‘Introduction to Wildlife Monitoring’ Programme.

Conservation Academy Facilitator, Sibusiso Mnisi, in the first English-for Access class with students who have just been enrolled for the ‘Introduction to Wildlife Monitoring’ Programme.

Conservation Academy Facilitator, Sibusiso Mnisi with his studets are paying more attention in what they do because they love it.

The Introduction to Wildlife and Monitoring course is a six month long programme in which students will be learning about nature conservation and endangered animal monitoring.

“It was an exciting experience to have gone to the Kruger National Park with my fellow students, because we learned a lot about trees, birds, animals and their behaviour.

“It was an exciting experience to have gone to the Kruger National Park with my fellow students, because we learned a lot about trees, birds, animals and their behavior.” – Ntsako Milazi.

Conservation Academy Facilitator, Sibusiso Mnisi with his students for the first trip to Kruger National Park

Conservation Academy Facilitator, Sibusiso Mnisi with his students on their first trip to Kruger National Park.

Written by Mpho Lebyane.

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