namibian teachersNamibian teachers came together at Damaraland Adventure Camp for an interactive teachers training workshop for eco-club implementation at their schools.

Organised by Children in the Wilderness (CITW) Namibia, the training was attended by two teachers from Okaukuejo Combined School in Etosha National Park; two from Jacob Basson Combined School in Bersig; two from Warmquelle Primary School in the Warmquelle community and two from Elias Amxab Combined School in Sesfontein.

The purpose of this training is to equip teachers with the skills necessary to implement environmental clubs at their schools in conjunction with CITW. The training covered topics such as Introduction to CITW and Eco clubs; Introduction to Wilderness Safaris; Wilderness Safaris, CITW and communities; What is an Environmental Club; How to start an Environmental Club; Lesson plans and preparation; How to sustain Eco-Clubs; and finally, Topics to cover during Eco-Club discussions.

Preparing the training was not easy given the fact that most participants are qualified teachers and one is actually a school a principal. The training method and approach was to create interactive sessions with group work and presentations. The trainers, Stefanus Nangombe and Symon Chibaka (CITW’s Malawi Project Coordinator), found every moment of this training fruitful and very constructive. Participants were very participatory and honest in indicating that they knew very little about Eco-Clubs. The principal of Okaukuejo Combined School was particularly resourceful, having run a successful Eco-Club for 10 years.

At the end of the training, those who already had Eco-Clubs at their schools indicated confidence in continuity and sustainability of the clubs. And those that were yet to start indicated optimistm and confidence in establishing a club at their schools. At the end of the training, teachers also developed a curriculum which will guide them in executing their programmes, with relevant topics to cover pertinent to their specific environments.

The way forward for CITW Namibia is to now focus even more on these four schools in order to have a bigger impact on their communities. The school children will first go through Eco-Clubs at their schools, then come to CITW camps. As per the CITW pyramid, the next step after attending a camp will be environmental stewardship programmes and then career development.

Report by Stefanus Nangombe

Source : Wilderness

1 July 2015