Pilot phase of future rangers programme a real success

During 2021, SAWC and Global Conservation Corps (GCC) engaged in a pilot phase of the Future Rangers Programme, whereby the two organizations partnered up to deliver high class environmental, conservation, and leadership curriculum to four schools in the Wildlife College’s area of influence, reaching over 1300 students between grades R to 8. A number of in-school lessons, activities and excursions took place throughout the year, with the majority of interventions taking place during Q3 (July – September) of 2021. The following tables outline the specific content the learners were exposed to during the time period, with high hopes of amplifying this impact and reach in 2022. 

Lessons Completed

Mahlekisana Primary School

Salani Primary School 

Mahlale High School

Sokisi High School

Intro to Ecology

Intro to Ecology

Careers in Conservation

Careers in Conservation

IUCN Overview

IUCN Overview

Ecology

Ecology

Careers in Conservation

Careers in Conservation

Ecosytem Function

Ecosytem Function

Africa Foundation Foundation Phase 

Africa Foundation Foundation Phase 

Feeding Relationships

Feeding Relationships

Africa Foundation Intermediate

Africa Foundation Intermediate

Assessments

Assessments

Conservation Poems

Conservation Poems

  

Activities Completed

Mahlekisana Primary School

Salani Primary School

Mahlale High School

Sokisi High School

Tree Planting

Snake Education

Tree Planting

Tree Planting

Clean Up Campaign

Tree Planting

Clean Up Campaign

Clean Up Campaign

Career Day Expo

Clean Up Campaign

  

Snake Education

Career Day Expo

  

 

Game Drives

Between 13 August and 3 September 2021, a total of 99 students from Grade 8 experienced a three hour game drive at the Wildlife College. The students came from Mahlale and Sokisi High Schools, both of which are in near proximity to the SAWC. For the majority of the 48 learners from Sokisi and the 51 learners from Mahlale, this was their first game drive experience, and for many the first time seeing iconic wildlife, including the following species: 

  • Elephants
  • Honey Badger
  • Nyala
  • Impala
  • Kudu
  • Leopard Tortoise
  • Blue Wildebeest
  • Kori Bustard
  • Warthog
  • Blue-waxbill

“Many thanks to Sboniso Phakathi, Prof Mtungwa, and the amazing team at the College for a brilliant pilot year together. We’re really excited to kick things in 2022 at a higher level, especially with the new version of the App coming online,”

said Matt Lindenberg, Executive Director, Global Conservation Corps.

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