The Month in Pictures #17

With this Month in Pictures, we want to speak to a specific person:

You are South African, maybe American. You know about the Kruger. You enjoy wildlife. And possibly, you think that it’s quite nice that children from rural areas get to make a trip into the Kruger as part of the new bizhub Conservation Academy at Hazyview Digital Learning Centre (HDLC).

Stop for just a second.

Of the 80 kids that we have taken to the Kruger as part of the new bizhub Conservation Academy at HDLC, not one has ever visited a South African national park before.

They have never been given a chance to be excited about wildlife.

And if an entire generation has never been given that chance, why would they care about conservation?

What would the value of a rhino be for them?

The bizhub Conservation Academy is more than just quite nice. It is part of an international mission to change the way that humanity interacts with our planet.

That’s a mission that will affect everything.

So, without further ado, this edition of “The Month in Pictures” is dedicated to 80 nine-year-olds who got to see an elephant in the wild for the first time. Thanks for taking a second to share their enthusiasm.

Seeing an elephant in the wild for the first time. Could this be the child who grows up to change the planet?

Seeing an elephant in the wild for the first time. Could this be the child who grows up to change the planet?

The story of the bizhub Conservation Academy and our goal to grow the economy of the wild in rural spaces made it onto the front page of the local newspaper.

The story of the bizhub Conservation Academy and our goal to grow the economy of the wild in rural spaces made it onto the front page of the local newspaper.

The joy of being in the Kruger for the first time: A nine-year-old learner from Tfolinhlanhla Primary School on the open-air game-viewing vehicle.

The joy of being in the Kruger for the first time: A nine-year-old learner from Tfolinhlanhla Primary School on the open-air game-viewing vehicle.

This wasn’t just the first time for the learners. Many of our Good Work Foundation facilitators enjoyed Kruger for the first time this month as well. Photographed here: Open Learning Academy facilitator, Mpho Lebyane.

This wasn’t just the first time for the learners. Many of our Good Work Foundation facilitators enjoyed Kruger for the first time this month as well. Photographed here: Open Learning Academy facilitator, Mpho Lebyane.

The Conservation Academy syllabus has been extended to our preschool Open Learning programme as well. Here, a three-year-old student from Ntshuxekani Preschool plays on a “colour-me-in” wildlife app.

The Conservation Academy syllabus has been extended to our preschool Open Learning programme as well. Here, a three-year-old student from Ntshuxekani Preschool plays on a “colour-me-in” wildlife app.

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The children of Tfolinhlanhla Primary School get ready for their first ever game drive with “Kids in Parks” Facilitator, Oriel Mhlongo (centre back).

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