We’ve had a busy few months, with Bongani Baloyi (CITW Regional Coordinator) and Lisa Witherden (Environmental Education Resource Developer) travelling around our beautiful Regions to train existing and new Eco-Mentors on our programme. We extended our invitation to the communities with which we work, encouraging them to join in to see what CITW is all about. The feedback we’ve received on our training was all very positive, with the communities requesting more training, whenever we can!
Our year started with a bang, getting our programme off the ground in Rwanda. We trained 30 eager Eco-Mentors, who haven’t wasted any time in working through the lessons in our resource book. In South Africa, we ran Eco-Mentor training in both Simson Village in Limpopo Province and Rocktail in KwaZulu-Natal, reaching a total of 35 Mentors.
Then it was on to the Greater Mapungubwe Transfrontier Conservation Area, where we trained in the village of Maramani, Zimbabwe, as well as kicked off our programme in three new schools in the Bobirwa region of Tuli, Botswana.
We were also really excited to roll out the first of many Eco-Mentor trainings for our YES Programme in Zambia and Zimbabwe. Last year we launched the innovative first edition of our YES Resource Book to help drive our programme’s goal of taking keen CITW Eco-Club members to the next level; preparing them as leaders and for careers in environmental conservation, ecotourism, hospitality and more – as well as becoming the custodians of our natural heritage. Training focused on our lesson plans, and preparing Eco-Mentors to successfully run their YES Clubs in their schools and communities.
In August, we’ll be running training in Botswana in the Okavango Conservation Trust and Maun areas. We’ll be clocking up a few more kilometres, training at seven schools across the region.
Keep an eye on our CITW News page for updates on this training.
See the stories below on our Eco-Mentor trainings: