February 2017 – Children in the Wilderness (CITW) has exciting plans in place for 2017, with the goal of making a sustainable and positive difference in the lives of rural African schoolchildren and their families through environmental and life skills education.
“Last year saw us introduce several exciting new initiatives that we will be expanding upon in 2017. This includes the second edition of our annual Eco-Stars magazine which will introduce readers to the CITW programme and its various projects, as well as a further group of 20 students attending the six-month Southern African Wildlife College bridging course”, says Dr Sue Snyman, CITW Regional Programme Director. “We will also focus on growing our Eco-Club and YES (Youth Environmental Stewardship) programmes, along with increasing the number of CITW one-night adventure conservation camps, enabling us to reach more children more often”.
CITW, a non-profit organisation supported by Wilderness Safaris, is an environmental and life skills educational programme that focuses on the next generation of African rural decision makers. Its innovative programmes, which include Eco-Clubs, conservation camps and a variety of scholarship and community empowerment initiatives, are currently operating in six countries: Botswana, Malawi, Namibia, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
In 2016, Children in the Wilderness (CITW):
- Hosted 17 annual Eco-Club Camps, attended by 419 children
- Hosted 6 YES (Youth Environmental Stewardship) Club Camps, attended by 122 children
- Engaged with 71 rural schools
- Supported 61 Eco-Clubs with a total of 2 706 Eco-Club members
- Trained 131 teachers on life skills and environmental issues
- Provided 206 primary school scholarships, 183 secondary school scholarships and 28 tertiary scholarships
- Fed 1 086 children as part of the CITW nutrition programme
- Provided 11 Adult Eco-Clubs – comprising 208 members – with business guidance
“If we are to ensure that Africa’s pristine wilderness areas continue to exist, we need the rural children of Africa to understand the importance of conservation and its relevance in their lives. Over the last 16 years, we have made a positive difference in the lives of many rural communities and looking ahead, we plan to build on this momentum”, concludes Snyman.
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