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Shamwari – Born Free Foundation Education Blog

June 2016

Written by Sidney Clay, Education Officer

We had only a few school groups this month as the learners were preparing to write midyear exams. Our game viewer vehicle had to go in for repairs as well and it was out of use for a week. The first school that visited brought the whole class of 34 learners and we conducted a split program.

Kingswood College

WESSA – the Wildlife and Education Society of South Africa - had a Water-Wise workshop for the Eco-schools in Port Elizabeth. I took our local school teachers to the workshop as our area is water-scarce. The teachers learnt a lot about water conservation and how to save water. The teachers will then take that back to their schools to teach learners about water conservation. Because it was the World Environment Week, there were also other environmental issues that were discussed.

Teachers who attended the Water-Wise workshop

We also had some learners who came with Peter Willis, who used to be in charge of the Born Free Foundation Free-Shamwari education program. He is now based in Port Elizabeth and he runs a junior ranger program which is for children between 10 and 18 years old. It is a foundation phase for field guide and ranger training. The learners get a certificate for the training and it encourages them to be environment-friendly even if they won’t be guides or rangers.

Peter at Born Free’s Julie Ward Centre telling the learners about the animal skulls

We also had a visit from Moreson Primary School which is one of the neighbouring schools that we support. I collected their grade 3 class for a visit to our Julie Ward Centre for an education tour.

Moreson grade 3 girls after game drive
Moreson grade 3 boys after game drive

All the groups saw a lot of animals on the game drive. Some groups saw all the Born Free rescued lions and leopards, but some other learners were not so lucky.  If the cats want to remain out of sight, that is their choice.  For those learners seeing our cats it was an experience of a lifetime. 

Before the learners return to school, we provide hotdogs and juice for lunch.

Learners having lunch

That will be all for this month, until next time.

Sidney Clay

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

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