The Bush Babies Environmental Education Program is an environmental awareness program that is conducted at primary schools in the communities surrounding Greater Kruger National Park. With four currently active schools and a total of 264 learners, we are aiming to create an environmentally literate community. The program is divided into 4 category themes;
The schools are visited on a weekly basis and a different aspect based on the theme of the day is discussed to familiarise the learners with their natural environment and emphasising the importance to conserve the environment for future generations. With the tour my world theme, Transfrontier Africa volunteers from around the world are taken to the classroom where they teach the Bush Babies about their home countries including facts such as the climate, animals and special features.
The protectors of the rhino theme entails the visit and teachings from our Black Mamba Anti-Poaching Unit ladies who teach the learners about poaching and how it affects them. Also addressing how they are working to protect these species. The Black Mambas are not only anti-poaching rangers but mothers who know how to nurture a child to understanding the basics of life thus helping them understand the importance of looking after our environment.
Future plans for the Black Mambas: Bush Babies Environmental Education Program
Creating an Environmental Education Classroom
This classroom will enable learners to fall in love with nature due to the use of colour in the classroom showing wild animals, trees as well as a map of the world to enable the learners to see the distance in which the Transfrontier Africa volunteers travel to get to the South Africa.
Planting a Vegetable Garden at the School
The vegetable garden will teach learners to be responsible. If the leaners can look after vegetables they will be wise enough to know that, for example; when collecting firewood we do not need to break down the whole tree by chopping down few branches and enabling more trees to grow, as they will be the only operators and responsible for their vegetables.
Bush Babies Committee
Created by learners that will be responsible for organising meetings, camps and cleaning campaigns which will involve their fellow class members and the youth of the community.
They will have the role of being the school prefects who will be responsible to maintain the natural state of the school, educating other learners that they should not litter thus addressing the impacts of litter on the environment.
Camps will help the learners understand what we as conservators are conserving and exposing the learners to what they have learnt in the classroom. Enabling them to be responsible and environmentally literate communities that are given the platform to grow and mature in nature.
Dress me to Learn
This is an initiative that will be giving back to the learners whom are from disadvantaged families and cannot afford to get new school uniform; from the donations obtained a set amount will be given to a supplier which will be strictly used for uniform items.