Such was the enthusiasm for learning shown by a recent class from Mkoba 4 Primary School that they actually chose to attend conservation classes at the ALERT Education Centre (AEC) during the school holidays.
At the student’s graduation ceremony, AEC teacher Staben recapped of all the modules they had covered and gave community volunteers the chance to question the children on what they had learnt. Every question was answered correctly; testament to the standard of teaching they had received and to the hard work and commitment the children had demonstrated during the course. The students were then each presented with a certificate and an ‘I’m a Conservation Star’ t-shirt.
To allow the children to see first-hand the animals they had been learning about, they then were taken on a game drive through Antelope Park and given a tour of the Breeding Program where they came face-to-face with lions. This was followed by a tracks and signs lesson in the bush. For many of the children, this was their first experience of seeing wild animals, so naturally they were very excited.
‘I have learnt so much about conservation and I am going to tell the world how important it is’, said Prudence, one of the students. ‘Our teacher Staben does a good job and I want to thank Antelope Park for such a wonderful opportunity.’
Hannah, a community volunteer who attended the graduation day, was equally enthusiastic: ‘The children have learnt so much about conservation. They were thrilled to have graduated and it was a privilege to experience it with them.’
Antelope Park would like to thank everyone who helps to make the AEC such a success.
To allow the AEC to continue to provide free Conservation Education classes to more students in the long-term, ALERT urgently needs funding. Please show your support of our work by making a donation here and state that it is to be used for the ALERT Education Centre.
Not only does the Midlands Children's Hope Centre in Gweru, Zimbabwe provide care, education and support to 23 young boys from the orphanage and to street children who visit the Drop-in Centre, it also assists other vulnerable people within the local community.
One such person is 22 year-old Passmore Moyo who, like the street children, comes from a difficult background. Passmore had been unable to attend university to further his education, but thanks to the generous support of a sponsor from the Midlands Childrens Hope Project in Norway, he is now being funded to continue his studies at the National University of Science and Technology where he is studying Finance.
Passmore is an excellent role model for the young boys at the orphanage. Such is his appreciation for the support Midlands Children's Hope Centre has given him that he regularly helps out with teaching the children English, supporting them with their homework and engaging them in sporting activities.
You could sponsor the Midlands Children's Hope Centre and help to support its work in the community.