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Youth Access: Bridging Programme:

An Introduction to Conservation and Environmental Education

Students will learn: 

First Aid Level 1/Reptile Orientation

The course orientates learners to different basic techniques of handling snakes. They are further taught how to apply first aid to the snake bites. Learners are further exposed to precautionary measures in the bush.

Field Ranger Training- NQF level 2 (37 Credits) 

Understand nature conservation issues, carry out designated conservation security practices according to a plan, e.g. conduct routine security patrols, gather and report accurately on local and keystone wildlife species, personal values and ethics, and gain an understanding of HIV/AIDS and its implications and occupational health and safety practices.

Environmental Education – NQF level 5 (4 Credits)

This training component is aimed at a broad target market and would be beneficial to any of the following: Those wanting to become environmental educators, private people who care about the state of the environment, individuals who want to understand the concepts and practices behind environmental management, conservationists who want to expand their knowledge and broaden their ethical values, those wanting to know the role of environmental education in today’s society, people wishing to address the local and global environmental crisis and current tourism and tour operators who might wish to expand their knowledge regarding environmentally friendly approaches

Environmental Leadership

This training component is aimed at exposing learners to the natural environment and to use it to awaken leadership potential within themselves. The course allows them to appreciate the responsibilities of leadership and encourage/teach them to take up command and be responsible and accountable for their actions. It also allows people to realize leadership potential set against a back drop of nature conservation so ensuring that the well being of the system will intrinsically be ensured during decision making.

Bush Phase

During Bush Phase learners are sent to Big 5 areas where they create bomas, set up camp for the week and do day and night patrols. Practical skills are taught, individual map work, identifying and monitoring wildlife and trees and performing conservation guardianship. Trainers will be observing learners to see how they are applying knowledge from team work and conservation modules

Work-placement-practical assessments

At the end of four months of formal training, learners are placed with host organisations to complete a two month work-placement opportunity which will expose them to real life situations and allow them to gain valuable work experience. The learners complete workbooks and diaries which are used as part of evaluation process.



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