Children in the Wilderness is excited to announce the launch of our programme in Rwanda! Through Wilderness Safaris’ beautiful Bisate Lodge, the community of Bisate has been involved in the restoration of this delicate eco-system through reforestation projects. The community also welcomes guests into their village for tours and interactions with the friendly people of Bisate.
In order to expand on the 4Cs of Wilderness Safaris, Children in the Wilderness (CITW), which falls under the C ‘Community’, is in the process of being launched in the community surrounding Bisate Lodge.
Bisate Primary School hosted CITW Eco-Mentor training last week. CITW’s Regional Programme Coordinator and Wilderness Safaris Culture Coordinator Bongani Baloyi lead the training, with 30 enthusiastic teachers taking part in the two day programme. General Manager of Bisate Lodge, Ingrid Baas, coordinated the training and, as always, showed her passion for the CITW programme.
The head mistress of the Bisate Primary School, Dancille Mukakamari, was very involved during the training sessions, and is very excited to get the CITW programme going in her school. Maurice Ngiramahoro, manager of the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International (Karisoke Research Center) conservation education programme, also joined the teacher training and loved the lesson plans and CITW curriculum books.
The programme involved an introduction to CITW and how our programme is structured. Bongani then guided the teachers through a few lessons from our Eco-Club Resource Books, showing the teacher’s how our lessons work.
Here are a few pictures of the Eco-Mentor training, but keep a lookout for Bongani’s report which will follow shortly.