Education

Education is one of the leading priorities in the country and specifically in the K2C BR the need for education towards our environment and the ability to live sustainable within it is of primary importance.


The K2C forum focusing on additional education within the schools was originally termed the Enviornmental Education Forum, however, as it has been assertained that more wide spread education is required and not just focusing on our immediate environment, they have now opted to term themselves, the Education for Sustainable Development Forum.


Thus as a result, there are a number of organisations iwthin the reigon that focus on and assist with releavnt support education that contributies towards the goals of Sustainable Living, which obviously in turn link closely with the old term “Environmental Education” .


Some of the ESD active programmes within the K2C include:


CHILDREN’S ECO TRAINING - KPNR:   The private nature reserves in the K2C BR also have important environmental education outreach activities.  The Klaserie Private Nature Reserve implements the Children’s Education Training programme. The Programme is a multi-pronged charity organisation initiated to conserve our natural heritage - the very delicately balanced and unique eco system endemic to the Lowveld of South Africa. The programme focuses on hands-on environmental education amongst the youth in the Hoedspruit and Acornhoek areas. The purpose is to make them aware, teach them how to conserve and inspire them to appreciate nature in all its intricacies.


TIMBAVATI FOUNDATION: The Timbavati environmental school is actively involved in various sustainability programs in neighbouring communities as well as in outreach and educational programmes in primary schools and high schools. A core focus is to educate on best environmental practices.  Our mission is to promote environmental and conservation awareness and ecotourism, which includes maintaining the environmental school and expanding teacher workshops at local schools.


Pupils are given an assignment to create a permagarden within their community/school. This project takes a year and special emphasis is placed on erosion control, tidiness, recycling and sustainability. Some of the gardens have become an important food source for the community and augment Government feeding schemes as well as engendering a sense of pride and achievement within the community. Winners get a free trip to the Kruger National Park and the best students go on to do a course at the nearby Southern African Wildlife College, a SADC recognized centre of specialization. A number of promising students have also undergone hospitality training at the Graaff-Reinet College of Tourism.



K2C RHINO AMBASSADORS:  One of the K2C active programmes is the establishment of various Environmental Monitors within the region that each focus on a wide range of support activities leading towards a more sustainable community.   One of the EM groups includes the Rhino Ambassadors, who are not only involved in prmooting positive rhino conservation messages within the greater communities, but are also invlved in broader ESD education both within the schools and within general community organisations within the villages surrounding the Kruger National Park and the adjacent private nature reserves.


SOUTHERN CROSS SCHOOL is the first nature based school in South Africa and possibly the world. The school embraces an environmental philosophy using a “Nature-based Education System”, where learning is based on the natural environment, and are determination to make a difference. The school has also established a very strong outreach programme whereby educators from the surrounding rural schools are supported, trained and facilitated  in their environmental education endeavors as well as with general education resources, ideas and creativity.



ECO SCHOOLS PROGRAMME:  - The Eco-Schools Programme was launched in South Africa in 2003. This pilot programme is supported by WWF-SA and the Wildlife and Environment Society of South Africa (WESSA), endorsed by the Department of Education and funded by TetraPak. Currently, there are almost 1000 schools registered with the programme.  Eco-Schools is an international programme of the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE) www.fee-international.org that originally started in Europe in 1994. About 9 000 schools have earned green Eco-School flags in over 47 countries around the world. Over 30 000 schools are registered with the programme, globally with approximately 8 million students and 628 000 teachers involved! “


Eco Schools are very active in various sectors of both the Mpumalanga and Limpopo sectors of K2C with a large number of schools having obtained there flag status.


THE SOUTHERN AFRICAN WILDLIFE COLLEGE:

The Southern African Wildlife College is based within the Kruger National Park, in the Orpen Gate Region and bordering the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve.  Its location creates a perfect setting to facilitate the learning of all the skills and techniques identified & considered as necessary, to manage a modern conservation area sustainably and with knowledge and commitment.


Since inception, the college has trained more than 3000 students from southern African countries, including Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Madagascar, Mozambique, Namibia, Swaziland, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe, in everything from computer skills and communication strategies to overhauling a 4x4 and dissecting an impala.


The training offered at the College focuses on protected areas and natural resource managers from Southern Africa who are already in the service of conservation and environmental agencies. It is complementary to other training institutions and is aimed at improving performance across the field in a range of disciplines. The emphasis is on practical, hands-on skills, rather than using a strictly academic or theoretical approach.  


Lecturers and trainers are selected from a large pool of natural resource management experts within Southern African environmental and conservation agencies as well as from the private sector. The approach is, where appropriate, to contract practicing professionals with the relevant experience, to ensure that the training is as practical and relevant as possible. The course methodology focuses on outcomes-based instruction, which ensures improved performance of participants once they have returned to their parks.


The College is working closely with other training institutions in Southern Africa such as Technikons, Colleges and Universities, to ensure maximum flexibility of career path whilst at the same time providing courses that closely meet the needs of protected area managers in the workplace.