Following the opening of Wilderness Safaris’ Bisate Lodge in Rwanda, Children in the Wilderness (CITW) has launched in the community surrounding the lodge. It aims to provide a specialised focus on environmental education for the children of Bisate who will one day become the decision makers and conservation leaders of the community.
At the end of March, Bisate Primary School hosted a two-day CITW Eco-Mentor training workshop, led by Regional Programme Coordinator and Wilderness Safaris Culture Coordinator, Bongani Baloyi, for 30 teachers. The programme involved an introduced to CITW and the teachers were guided through a few lessons from CITW’s Eco-Club Resource Books.
Bisate Primary School has confirmed that it will run Eco-Club meetings every Friday, with 60 students from grades four to six meeting twice a month. Eco-Mentors were eager to get going and have begun working on the garden projects that are already in place at the school.
Ingrid Baas, GM of Bisate Lodge shared her hopes for CITW Rwanda: “In the short term, I hope that the current Eco-Club activities at Bisate Primary School will really get a boost and will be more productive and reach more children. Long term, we’re looking at setting up environmental projects, organising environmental outings and of course hosting the Eco-Club members on an Annual Camp.”
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