Earlier today Staben, the ALERT Education Centre (AEC) teacher, accompanied by Antelope Park community volunteers, joined Mkoba 4 Primary School children during an assembly to present the newest Conservation Education graduates with their Certificates of Completion and a ‘I'm a Conservation Star’ t-shirt. The students were very excited and proud to be wearing their graduation shirts amongst their fellow students, who are eagerly waiting their turn to attend the conservation classes.
The AEC’s Conservation Education course teaches children the importance of conservation and the impact it has on their environment and their future; the adaptions and the conservation of African animals; about different African habitats, their ecosystems and the daily needs their human inhabitants have upon them; the geography, culture and diversity of African countries; the conservation and value of African cats; and also basic skills in tracking and identifying animal spoor.
On completion of the course, the AEC’s newest graduates provided feedback on their experience of taking part in the conservation classes:
"I learnt many things at the AEC, the things I learnt are helpful. The modules I enjoyed most were about conservation and African countries."
"Our teacher Staben has taught me about an animal called Qagga, but today this animal is extinct."
"The learning helped me, because now I know that animals are special."
"Our teacher was very excellent and very kind to us. I think everything is good at the AEC. The education is helpful because we learnt something that we did not know; like that deforestation is cutting down of trees with no replacement. I also learnt that we must conserve our wild life. I also learnt that the other name for a lion is panthera leo."
"The teacher was so helpful; he taught us many things that I will never forget."
"At AEC I learnt about many things like African lions, leopard and other animals. In my life I did not know about African animals or African countries. The learning was so helpful to me, because I now know about animals that my father did not know about in his life."