Environmental education is becoming increasingly popular and more important than ever. You may be wondering why it’s so important? It gives the individual a deeper understanding of current environmental issues and helps them to develop the skills to make informed and responsible decisions. Keep reading to learn about environmental education and how you can take part in it.
Is Environmental Education A Trend?
There are several components of environmental education, this type of education increases awareness and sensitivity to the environmental challenges that come with it. Knowledge and understanding of the environment, as well as attitudes of concern for environmental issues, and motivation to improve and maintain the environment. It also gives students the skills to identify and help resolve environmental challenges on both a small and large scale and increases participation in activities that lead to the resolution of environmental challenges.
To find out even more about environmental education check out What is Environmental Education? 10 Considerations Children Can Learn From Ecotourism.
Eco early learning may be a newer trend, but it’s one that’s here to stay, and it’s happening globally. Organizations like GEEP (Global Environmental Education Partnership) are passionate about vibrant and inclusive learning networks that are designed to strengthen environmental education on a global scale. They have programs such as the Youth Innovation Challenge 2022: Tackling Marine Debris and the GEEP African Conference that aim to get people from the ages of 15-30 more interested in protecting the environment, but they aren’t the only ones that are getting in on environmental education and wildlife conservation.
The EcoTraining School
The EcoTraining School has been operating for over two decades now, and has made a major impact on the South African environment. Their hope is to be the global leader in environmental education by reconnecting people with nature. EcoTraining is the pioneer and leader in Africa’s safari guide and wildlife training in the world. In fact, the safari industry widely recognised both EcoTraining’s credibility and standard of excellence in nature guide training.
The school offers a variety of courses including some eco early learning with high school and university study abroad programs, gap year courses, sabbatical programmes, accredited career courses, nature programmes, as well as custom courses and on-site professional guide training at safari lodges. They have over 22 courses in total, and their mission is to provide inspirational & immersive learning experiences for professional safari guides & guardians of nature.
Want To Participate? Here is everything you need to know!
- The courses at EcoTraining range from 6 day nature programs to online courses. The 6 day nature program is a wildlife conservation course that focuses on traversing across some of the finest and most remote wilderness regions of southern Africa on foot. While online courses range from a Field Guide Course to a Trail Enthusiast Course.
- They have six bush camps that are located across four different African countries, and comprise around 110 000 hectares / 270 000 acres of wilderness land.
- Impressively EcoTraining is the only private safari guide and wildlife training facility that is permitted inside Kruger National Park, and wildlife conservation is of the utmost importance.
- Students get access to a ‘Placement Program’’ as part of the Professional Field Guide Course syllabus. These placement programs assist in the student getting a professional position within their field of study. How amazing is that?
- EcoTrainings office is in Nelspruit, South Africa, but all training happens in remote, Big 5 wildlife areas in South Africa, Botswana, and Kenya. Students’ accommodations are simple, unfenced, tented camps where they live close to nature.
- How old do you need to be? At least 12 years of age (accompanied by an adult) or 18 years of age unaccompanied. The typical age ranges of students tend to be from 18 – 65.
- To join in-person courses you must be 18 years or older with a valid driver’s license and a reasonable level of fitness. For online courses there is no age limit.
- Courses are first come, first serve and there are no guarantees that the course you are interested in will be available.
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You can read the EcoTrainings brochure here, or apply to any courses here.
How does this help to improve the environment? Well, EcoTraining aims to create a generation of environmentally conscious travelers. How will they do this? Through immersion and reconnection environmental education with nature in wilderness areas and wildlife conservation. The conservation message is then spread to the many people they meet throughout their lives, thus helping to improve the environment.
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