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Born Free Education Blog: January 2017

January 2017 Education Blog

Written by Sidney Clay, Education Officer

It has been a quiet month start to the month as we had been closed for the festive season. I officially started working on the 16th of the month. The bookings are coming in though and the first school is coming on the 8th of February. 

I visited all the Community schools to plan for the year ahead and they were excited to tackle the Education Programme in the new year. One of the schools that we support has a matric student, Kana Azola, who got six distinctions in his matric results. He was born in one of the surrounding farms and his father is still working on the farm. He is in the top 20 students in the province and the top student in the Uitenhage district. Despite weathering a difficult final year with a lack of teaching staff, he managed to achieve a 100% pass for accounting and 83% for maths. His dream is to be a chief financial officer and have his own firm. He got a scholarship of R100,000 and he waivered that for one of R80,000 as the lesser one comes with a stipend, which he will use to assist his family.

As well as the visits to the Community Schools, I helped with the animal care work. One of our lionesses Achee, had to be sedated to give her a contraceptive implant and I had to give a hand with the darting.

Our vet preparing his drugs to dart the girl, with our Shamwari Conservation Experience students looking on (above). 

Achee being checked over by our veterinary team (below).  

Until next month, wishing a happy and successful New Year to all.

Born Free Foundation
Broadlands Business Campus, Langhurstwood Road
, Horsham, RH12 4QP, UK - Charity Reg. No. 1070906

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