Taking wildlife preservation into the classroom

2014-08-11 00:00

PUPILS from the Inselele Junior Primary School in Umlazi beamed with new knowledge after being taken into the world of conservation.

The Centre for Rehabilitation of Wildlife’s (Crow) recently appointed environmental education officer, Nompilo Mgcobo, was put through her paces answering questions from her curious young audience.

Thanks to funds raised from the 2014 African Sentiments calendar campaign, Crow was able to employ Mgcobo to educate pupils around the province through their Wildlife Warriors environmental education programme.

This also enabled them to distribute their Wildlife Warriors educational activity booklets — educational tools which are equipping thousands of pupils with the knowledge of how to look after wildlife around them and to take care of their environment.

“It is so rewarding to be able to educate children in their home language through this amazing programme,” said Mgcobo.

“Since most of the group can’t afford to visit a nature reserve, having the opportunity to come to their school and do a presentation on our beautiful wildlife gives them enough knowledge about wildlife to be able to practice what they have learnt,” she said.

As Durban’s only registered wildlife rehabilitation centre, Crow assists over 3 000 injured and orphaned animals across KZN every year.

Under An African Sky has partnered with Crow yet again to create a limited edition calendar that will be distributed worldwide in an effort to raise funds for animal welfare. The funds raised will help Crow with their cause.

• The newly launched 2015 Born Free calendar is a follow-up to the popular 2014 African Sentiments calendar, and includes 12 high-gloss A2 pages of professionally photographed wildlife images, presented in an elegant gift box, selling for R170.

To order your calendar, e-mail orders@underanafricansky.co.za or visit www.underanafricansky.co.za. Also follow them on Twitter @UAAS_Calendar. — Witness Reporter.

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