Through the Education programme, Cheetah Conservation Botswana intends to build working relationships with Schools and Environmental Education Clubs all over Botswana. We do this by collaborating and partnering in different environmental education activities and events aimed at networking and promoting environmental knowledge in our communities. On the 22nd of August 2013, CCB partnered with Kalahari Conservation Society, Birdlife Botswana, Department of Wildlife and National Parks in hosting the northern-based school called Chamabona Community Junior Secondary School at Gaborone Game Reserve. CCB do partner with both government and non-governmental organizations as and when necessary and this was one of those successful partnerships. The activities of the day included presentations by the above mentioned stakeholders, a game drive in the reserve. CCB education also conducted an environmental game with the students and teachers and at the end of the day activities, the students performed a song for stakeholders, their peers as well as their teachers.
Cheetah Conservation Botswana hosted Tswelelopele Brigade Centre Environmental Education Club from the 14th to 18th August 2013. The brigade is located in Ramotswa village, in the South East district of Botswana. The objectives of the bush camp were to motivate and inspire students and teachers to develop positive attitudes towards the environmental issues including predator conservation, to share ideas and experiences about the environmental issues that occurs in and around the environments we live in and to appreciate the importance of flora and fauna in the ecosystem.
The lessons were based on wildlife conservation, human wildlife conflict, livestock management practices, water conservation and waste management. The students also brought their environmental projects of which they shared with CCB staff and their fellow students. Other activities included a guided walk through the bush for bird-sightseeing, spoor identification and appreciation of the natural environment. Students and teachers played games at the sports grounds, had swims in the pool just to relax in the afternoon. There was an evening fire where all shared jokes, stories and or perhaps chose to watch wildlife documentaries. It was a wonderful time for all and yet another successful bush camp for CCB.
Mr. Rick McKenna arrived on the 25th July to take up the combined position of Research and Ghanzi Camp Coordinator. He joins us with considerable management experience including staff, business and financial management, along with predator research experience from Botswana, Namibia, Mexico and the USA. Mr. McKenna’s responsibility will be to oversee the smooth running of the CCB's Ghanzi camp and Research department. We all welcome him to the CCB family and we look forward to working with him.